Friday, June 18, 2010

Smile - Today's Word

The word for today is smile.  This is the last post as the Creativity BootCamp is finished.  I've really enjoyed working with old photos and hopefully making them better.  I also did a couple of still life photos which I have never done before.  My "thing" now is using textures.  I love them.

For this last assignment I picked a photo of my son from years ago.  It was Christmas morning and he was opening his gifts.  I scanned it from a slide, put a hue/saturation adjustment layer to correct skin tones, a levels adjustment layer, and used two textures by Jerry Jones of Shadowhouse Creations.  The first one is translucent tone 9 at 100% and the second one is elemental grunge 5 at about 75% opacity. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Smooth Sailing

Today's word is smooth.  I took this photo of a sailing ship in Cleveland when the tall ships visited several years ago.

I did some cropping, adjusted levels, and added a texture by Jerry Jones of Shadowhouse Creations.  Actually, I added the texture twice - the first time multiply at 60% and the second time soft light at 50%.

Since yesterday's photo for the word hush was not taken by me, only processed by me, I decided to add another photo, this one taken by me.

I used a texture by PareeErica.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Word for Today - Hush

The word for today is hush.  I thought of this photo taken when our grandson was only a year old.  Grandpa was reading to him when he fell asleep.  Then grandpa had to "rest his eyes" too!

The original photo was taken with a film camera by either my stepson or his wife - I scanned it into PSE, cropped it, did some dodging and burning, then added a texture by PareeErica.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Full Bodied - Today's word

My first thought was - wine!  It's always being described as full-bodied.  And what better wine than a good Cabernet paired with some fruit, cheese and pretzels.

I'm not totally happy with this photo, but it's too late to change it.  The subject matter has been devoured!

Monday, June 14, 2010


It was a very damp day with mist and drizzle when we visited Childs Park in the Poconos.  This is a photo of Fulmer Falls.  I did some burning and used a texture by PareeErica.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Today's word - Ornament

And I give you ornaments for the ears!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fly - Great Blue Heron

Today's word is fly and this is my photo. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Coffee - Break Fluid

The word for today is fluid and here is my interpretation.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today's Word - Grow

The prompt for today is grow.  Couldn't resist the paraphase - all you Star Trek fans will understand.  This tulip has grown for three years.  It started as one bloom two years ago, and this year there were three.  And of course it was not in the flower bed, but in a pile of dirt that DH uses for fill when needed.  We never did figure out where the bulb came from.  Note to self:  dig those bulbs up and replant them in the flower bed!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Heavy Metal - The Portage Path

I've been going through old photos for these assignments.  Now that I have more experience with PSE, hopefully I can make them better.  Today's words were Heavy Metal and I did a scrapbook page.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Multilayered - The Grand Canyon

The word for today is multilayered.  The Grand Canyon has many layers plus I added three texture layers.  The photo was taken last December just before sunset.  The colors were gorgeous as the sun went down.
Texture 1 by Skeletal Mess
Texture 2  by Skeletal Mess
Texture 3 by Pareeerica

Monday, June 7, 2010

Today's word is Picnic

The Teddy Bear Picnic

If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day
The teddy bears have their picnic.

Background by rubyblossom
Texture by Pareeerica
Large teddy bear extracted from my photo.
Picnic teddy bears scanned from a book.
Remaining teddy bears by My Digital Things.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New computer!

After a frustrating couple of months, I've got a new computer.  I had problems starting in March and didn't have much use of it for three weeks.  After getting a new motherboard, power supply and hard drive, it worked - for about two weeks.  Then it died completely.  Fortunately it was still under warranty, so the company did a complete replacement.  Only problem - I had Windows XP on the old one, and now I have Windows 7 and PSE7 is not compatible.  Windows 7 does have a compatibility mode, but PSE 7 is still not functioning totally the way it should.  I'm holding out for the next version of PSE though, so I'll just grin and bear it until then!

Kimi's Creations pointed me to a new program called Creativity Boot Camp to help improve creativity.  I'm going to try it and see how it goes.  The prompt today was "ivory" and this is my interpretation.