I have a mental block against PS I admit that I tried to learn a long time ago when it was PS3, then it was PS4 . . . I always managed to get hold of an evaluation copy but somehow I just never understood how it worked and I had no one to mentor. Now remember that this was long before internet and easy access to videos and tutorials. When I got into video editing I bought PREL7 and I bought the dual pack which included PSEL7 but I never installed it. I thought PSEL was inferior to the full PS so I kept using my evaluation copy of PS CS2 for basic contrast and curves adjustments.
When I bought my new i7 4-core laptop 2 years ago, it came preinstalled with PSEL9 which I never used. I did buy the dual pack PREL10 with PSEL10 but again, I only installed PREL10 so I could edit my videos.
When David (from Montreal) was visiting here recently we were talking about our ride to State College, PA this past July 2013, and I mentioned that it would be nice if we could make a T-shirt or something so that we could all have a remembrance from our time together. This is how THIS T-shirt evolved
Here is the original graphic
Remember that I am not a power user of PS or PSEL9 and I wanted a graduated border, rather than an abrupt border. I looked on-line for the solution and while the tutorial was rated as "easy" and 2 minutes to do, this took me 2 days of frustration trying to make it work. Eventually I managed to get it done
This photo was taken on Thursday, July 18, 2013 and Steve Williams made time to come and visit us at the KOA in Bellefonte, PA, our last night before leaving. We managed to snap two group photos and Steve was snapping photos of all of us and he was going to post something funny about us, but so far we haven't seen them. The sun was going down and we were losing light fast. One thing about photography is that it brings back so many memories. David came up with the "Bloggers in the Sticks" banner and I tried to match the font on "Scooter in the Sticks".
I am not a fan of those do it yourself iron-on transfers as they rip and don't turn out very well and the last time I wasted a few T-shirts before I got a "keeper". I managed to find someplace who had a "direct to Material" printer. They have two; one for dark material which uses "white" inks and the other printer to print on White material which uses black inks .
During the past few weeks I have been learning more about image editing. I bought a book and have been reading and also learning "from the internet". Many things that were cloudy before have become a bit more clear. I cannot read a book from the beginning chapter to chapter. I find that if I have a project to work on then I will just learn what I need to know to be able to complete the project. The same thing I did when I needed to learn how to do graduated margins on the first photo above
When I was in PEI: Prince Edward Island this summer, I regretted not buying a T-shirt from PEI. Now I am not usually a fan of wearing shirts with writing or photos on them but I thought it would be different if I was actually displaying my own photo. So I had this project in mind to make my own T-shirt
This was produced on "their" White Ink printer, DTG: direct to garment (printer) This is a 2-part process. Chemicals are first applied to the dark material to "bleach" the base ink and then pressed under high heat to dry. The white ink printer makes two passes over the material. One pass to spray on the white ink and the second pass to apply the image. After the T-shirt comes out of the printer, it is pressed under high heat again to "seal" the ink
I asked Phaedra to hold my shirt "hot off the press". I bring my own .PSD file and they load it up in their own computer using Photoshop CC. This whole process is done while we chat about this and that and I am usually gone within half an hour
Notice that I have also been working on Watermarking my images. I didn't realize that my program can process multiple files or a whole directory at a time. I can resize all of my images from one folder and also have them all reduced in size, apply colour correction and auto levels to them as well as print the watermark all done with just "one click". You can adjust the opacity which I set at 50% in White (you can change the colour).
Here's the full graphic
The weather wasn't so great while we were there so the colours are a little subdued but it "is what it is" I blended two photos. One was with the Confederation Bridge in the background and the other was in Historic North Rustico Harbour. More memories from the summer with my bike
And here it is "under construction"
I am learning to use Layers with adjustment masks so the original images remain unaltered.
I'm also playing around with making a logo as my watermark and I had some blogging business cards made and all of this is being done using PSEL9
Here's Vstar*Lady on the ferry heading over to Prince Edward County, August 5th, 2013. No, I'm not going to use that one but I had to manually place and resize it after saving it as a .PNG file.
crop taken from photo above. I'm playing around with moving text around
As I look at my photos from this summer I can see more projects to work on as the weather deteriorates. Things to keep me occupied until riding season starts again. A sneak preview . . .
More memories from the Bestest Summer Ever . . . Summer, 2013