Tutorial: Blending Modes and Blur + Blending Mode effects | honeyjunkies

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Yet another fantastic video from Daeberethwen Arbenlow with more tips and tricks for Photoshop.

This tutorial is on using blending modes and blur to achieve different effects on your photos.

I’ve tried out all of the things she’s shown in her videos and I am thrilled with the things I’ve been able to achieve with my own photos. 😀

Source: Tutorial: Blending Modes and Blur + Blending Mode effects | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Shooting props separate from photos to use in photography | honeyjunkies

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Another fantastic tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbenlow!

I buy so many things thinking that I will use them in a photo or a set and then promptly lose them in my black hole of an inventory.

I’ve decided one of my goals for the coming year is to take some green screen photos of items so that I will have them to use in my photos.

Plus, I will have a visual record of what the item is, which means I may be more likely to remember that I own it! 😛

Source: Tutorial: Shooting props separate from photos to use in photography | honeyjunkies

How to make Neon light text in Photoshop

An interesting tutorial on how to make text look like neon using Photoshop:

Hello, friends in this tutorial today I am going to make a Neon light text in photoshop. There are few simple steps with pictures to make Neon light text in photoshop.

Source: How to make Neon light text in Photoshop

Photography Effects for Free!

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A while ago, someone told me about a program you could use to enhance your photography.

They mentioned that it was free, which of course piqued my interest, because I’m frugal (cheap, miserly, whatever). 😛

It’s called Perfect Effects Free 9 (or my copy is, at least) and you can get it for free here.

The program contains over 50 free filters/effects that you can use to spice up your photography.

You do have to crop your picture in another program first, but then you can play around.

The program feels a bit like a stripped down Photoshop, which isn’t a bad thing.

You can still have layers, change blend modes, opacity, and you can adjust various features of the pre-built filters.

ChilliI thought I’d take a previous LOTD photo and show you what you can do with just a few minutes of playing around.

This is my original photo, just for comparison’s sake.

I just picked a few different filters at random to see what I could do.

The filters are organized by category, so it’s pretty simple to just dive in.

Be sure you know where the files are getting saved, I had to go searching for mine!

Here are 3 different filters, applied ‘as is’ using Perfect Effects.

Chill BordersChilli Grunge

Chilli SurrealI didn’t do anything to the photo other than apply the filters.  The first photo uses a black border filter, the second a ‘grunge’ filter, and the third a ‘surreal’ filter.

Using free tools like Perfect Effects, it’s easy to add some new filters/effects to your photography.

If you happen to use Photoshop, you can apply the filter, then save the photo as a .psd file, and the filter will be on its own layer when you open it in Photoshop.

The best part is that it’s free, so if you find that you don’t use it much, it hasn’t cost you anything!

On the other hand, you might just find yourself using it a lot, just because it’s fun. 😀

Now go play!

Is Your Avatar You?

Not that Avatar! Image Source: avatar.wikia.com
Not that Avatar!
Image Source: avatar.wikia.com

A few days ago, I came across an interesting article via Ciaran Laval’s Twitter.

Entitled ‘Avatar IRL,’ it’s about a transgender woman who credits SL with helping her become more confident.

The article is very well-done, and I encourage you to read it.

It mentions how people can identify strongly with their avatars and how that can affect their behavior in RL.

I started to wonder – does that hold true for me?

I would say that I identify strongly with my avatar – after all, I made her.

I have spent the last several years making Kat into what I want.

Is Kat the ideal for everyone?

No, of course not.

But Kat is an expression of ME, not them.

For instance, I like being tall in SL, because I am short in RL. 😀

Has being Kat in SL affected my behavior in RL?

Yes, it has.

I have gone from being someone who was unhappy and just going through the motions to someone who is determined and consciously joyful.

Ciaran also has a blog post about the article and related items, which discusses a study about how people who are transgender or who have disabilities use virtual worlds.

How has your use of SL affected you?

Are there difficulties in your RL that virtual worlds like SL help to allieviate/change?

Have there been any negative consequences in your RL from time spent in SL?