Fat Girl,

Photoshop Adventures: Power Lines, Be Gone!

August 6, 2015 0 Comments

This week, my com­pa­ny has been work­ing on a client’s web­site, mak­ing some slight design adjust­ments and choos­ing new pho­tos for some of their pages. They’d expressed a desire to use this image as the head­er for their site:


The most glar­ing prob­lem was the pole and myr­i­ad tele­phone lines dis­tract­ing from the main sub­ject of the pho­to. So they were the things I took care of first, cre­at­ing a new lay­er enti­tled “clone stamp” and using the clone stamp, heal­ing brush, and paint­brush tools to clean every­thing up. This was rather painstak­ing, tak­ing about 40 min­utes to do since some of what I was remov­ing was in heav­i­ly detailed areas, like the white house on the right and the tiles on the main build­ing.


Then I want­ed to adjust the col­or and con­trast a bit. I cre­at­ed two Hue/Saturation adjust­ment lay­ers: one for the whole pho­to, and one with just a mask to tar­get the main build­ing. I also cre­at­ed a build­ing-spe­cif­ic Col­or Bal­ance lay­er to help it stand out just a lit­tle bit more. Final­ly, I cre­at­ed a Curves adjust­ment lay­er to adjust the con­trast of the entire image. Here is the final result:


And just for fun­sies, here’s the before and after togeth­er.


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Photoshop Adventures: Color Correction & Cloning

July 23, 2015 0 Comments

Not too long ago, my part­ner and I dis­cov­ered the joy that is Aaron Nace’s Phlearn Pho­to­shop and Pho­tog­ra­phy Tuto­ri­als. We spent hours almost every evening for a few weeks watch­ing the tuto­ri­als, and it seemed like a whole new world had opened to me. I’ve always been com­pe­tent in Pho­to­shop, don’t get me wrong. But sud­den­ly it seemed like I could move from mere com­pe­ten­cy into pro­fi­cien­cy. In fact, I must hearti­ly thank Phlearn for mak­ing their valu­able resources so read­i­ly avail­able, as even lit­tle tips and tricks I’ve picked up from the show have been so help­ful to me in my job as a graph­ic design­er.

Par­tic­u­lar­ly when work­ing with stock imagery that’s close to what a client wants, but not quite.

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Cleaner bezier curves in typography.

July 2, 2015 3 Comments

I do a lot of cus­tom typog­ra­phy and let­ter­ing in my graph­ic design and per­son­al cal­lig­ra­phy work. I aspire to cre­ate vec­tor images that are clean, crisp, and intu­itive­ly drawn so as to make the job eas­i­er for the next design­er who has to touch my work. As I con­tin­ue to read and watch tuto­ri­als from…

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8 things I do for creative inspiration.

August 14, 2014 0 Comments

A while ago, a friend asked me about my cre­ative process for my art­work. I’ve been think­ing about it a lot, most­ly since I feel like I don’t real­ly have a process. I was able to iden­ti­fy 8 things I typ­i­cal­ly do to stay cre­ative­ly in shape, and share them here with you now, in case you want to be like me! (Or, you know, some­thing.)

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On positive feedback.

May 29, 2012 0 Comments

When I received an email from one of their staff offer­ing assis­tance to me at the end of my tri­al, I couldn’t just delete it as I nor­mal­ly would. I took the time to thank their staff mem­ber for reach­ing out to me and to let him know that my needs were being met with the free option but I loved the ser­vice enough to pay when the time comes.

Why did I do that? I could have just let the email pass. I’m busy, they’re busy — is it even prof­itable to take up someone’s time when I’m not ready to close a deal?

I think so.

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Taking action in response to genius.

April 26, 2011 0 Comments

I’ve heard it said that there are two types of genius­es: the type whose work makes some­one feel that they’ll nev­er mea­sure up, and the type whose work makes some­one feel inspired to do bet­ter work.

But real­ly, doesn’t that say more about the observ­er than it does about the genius?

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The importance of education.

October 22, 2010 0 Comments

The only design edu­ca­tion that is of any impor­tance is the edu­ca­tion you give your­self — the edu­ca­tion that you demand and steal wher­ev­er you can, when­ev­er you can, as much as you can, as long as you can.

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