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Day 304: How-to

Wanted to do a quick tutorial on how I edited my Day 304. Edited the photo using PS CS3, and written in super lazy language so it might be a bit confusing to someone using photoshop for the first time. Tried to be as detailed as possible, but if you have any questions feel free to ask!  Oh and as always, you can click on any of the pictures to view larger.

here’s the before and after – I didn’t touch any of the colors in the “before” photo.. just dodged the whites of my eyes a bit, burned my pupils (using the dodge and burn tool of course) and made my lips “redder” because I knew I would be switching to much cooler tones it would diminish the red a lot.

And here is a screenshot of the different layers we’ll be working with.  I will explain the attributes of each layer so you can play around with it to get more or less a similar effect.

Step 1: Add a new layer above your Background Layer. Fill it with #1a415f and set the blending mode to Exclusion with opacity at 100%.

Step 2:  Add another layer above Layer 1 and fill it with #c3def2 and set the blending mode to soft light with opacity at 50%.

Step 3: Create another layer (Layer 3) and fill it with #fdf9f3. Set the blending mode to Multiply with opacity at 35%

Step 4: Create a copy of your background layer and put it above Layer 3. Set the blending mode to Soft Light with opacity at 85%

Step 5: Create a Color Balance Adjustment Layer above the Background Layer. You can do this by clicking this button shown below

Set the values according to the screenshot below.

Step 6: Create another adjustment layer, this time for Hue/Saturation. Set the saturation to -100 and change the blending mode for this layer to soft light.

ANNNNNNNNND you’re done! You can play around with the blending modes or change the opacity of the layers to achieve different looks. Let me know if you used it; would love to see the results. ;]



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Testing Testing

Super diggin’ overexposed photos these days.. probably because my Panasonic point and shoot does so without fail. Maybe something about working with something that failed that titillates me.  This is day298ofmy365daysprojectthatseemstotakethecourseofthreeyearsproject. Tis okay, I make my own rules. And abide by them. :]


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! (I failed to post this up ON my actual bday, but whatever. Who’s counting?)

Some things I’ve learned in my 26 years of awesome livin’:

1. It’s really not that big a deal.
2. There are just some people who can’t help but bring you down. Get rid of em.
3. Mediocrity is not an option.
4. Find a way to make it happen.
5. Just do it. Deal with it later.
6. Music. It’s all about the music.
7. Not everything has to be in a straight line. Crazy is so fun once in awhile.
8. Whatever you normally do, do the exact opposite. See what happens.
9. I come first. Always.
10. You can sleep during the boring parts; just make sure you’re awake for the good ones.

Spent my bday at the Hard Rock hotel in Downtown SD.  Our room had a balcony with a beaaaaautiful view of downtown. I was stalking some dude through a window watching TV with his dogs. Hello, guy. You have an awesome life.


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i feel strangely at ease these days. i don’t know what it is – but even though everything sucks (really, really, bad) i just get this weird feeling that everything’s gonna be okay. things are also rapidly changing around me; and usually i’m suuuuuper uncomfortable with change. i try to avoid it, if at all possible. but i’m rollin’ with it these days and it’s actually quite exciting! maybe i’m finally growing up. anyway, since i feel super bad ass and i have photoshop back (yay!) i felt a self portrait was in order to reflect how i feel.

i should post up a picture of my ghetto light set up one of these days.  i use it so often that i don’t really know how to do much else. 🙂

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In search of…

the perfect red lipstick. my goal this year is to wear it out at least once – i just haven’t found the right one yet. 😉 after messing around with photoshop, i’m thinking it’d be nice if it had a slight orange tint to it.  make-up people! help me out! i need suggestions. lol.

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Baby, I’m a troublemaker.

next couple of weeks will be busy – spending the weekend in palm springs next weekend, going to san diego the weekend after for a friend’s bday, Christmas weekend, then Vegas for NYE!!! Super excited – I’ve had a rough couple of weeks and I need a break.

The photo was taken the morning of my dad’s surgery – I could never really sleep too well the night before any of his surgeries. Too much anxiety or something. Either way – I got a shot in. Score.

Christmas is in 3 weeks and I haven’t even begun to THINK about Christmas shopping yet. o_O

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Artist’s Rendition

The cool thing about Flickr is that you get connected with artists from all over the world. And sometimes – people are kind enough to do cool renditions of your work. =) Here’s one i got recently –

My version:


Kami’s version:


More of his work can be seen on his Flickr here Thanks, Kami for  your awesomeness. ❤

Totally neglected this blog for awhile. Life has been.. interesting the past couple of weeks and the dust is finally  settling.  I think.

& where did october go? It’s already Halloween next weekend and I have yet to decide on where I’m going and what I’m going as. I curse myself for waiting til the very last minute.

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