Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Three Muses - STEAMPUNK

This week's challenge at Three Muses is "Steampunk"; here's my entry, "Henry's Totally Pimped Out Ride": To check out all the other awesome entries, or to post one yourself, go to:
http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Three Muses - EYES

The challenge this week at Three Muses is "Eyes"; here is my entry, "Uncle Edgar's Creepy Portrait":

To check out all the other cool entries, or to post one yourself, go to: http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Three Muses

This week's challene at Three Muses is "Buttons and Bows":

To check out all the other fabulous entries, or to post one yourself, head over to:
http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/

PERSONAL UPDATE: Will's CT scans were clear - NO CANCER. Expect a free kit to celebrate very soon!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Three Muses & FREE CU Grunge Overlay Pack

This week's challenge at Three Muses is "Song Lyrics", and for my entry I've chosen to depict lyrics from the Fleetwood Mac classic "Gold Dust Woman":

To check out all the other FABULOUS entries (Three Muses has an incredible following of artists) or to post one yourself, go to:

http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/

PERSONAL UPDATE: I've still been nursing Will at home following the episode a couple of weeks ago with the pulminary embolism. The doctors gave him the green light to return to work, part-time, starting on Tuesday. On Monday we're driving up to Boston again to meet with the oncology team that handles the IL2 treatments; my husband is in remission, but the chances of that being a long-term thing are greater if he undergoes a second round of the high-dose Interleukin-2. That's been easier said than done, because he's had complications from the first round that have prevented a second round thus far - his remaining kidney wasn't functioning well enough for months, and just when we started to see sufficent improvement in his kidney function he had the pulimanary embolism. So we're expecting further delays... and a follow-up CT scan, which is always scary (if the cancer returns, this is how we'll find out).

If the CT scan is clear, I'll design a new kit to celebrate. In the meantime, I have a FREE CU Overlay pack for you today, with a brief tutorial for those of you who don't have a lot of designing experience.

You can snag it HERE:
http://www.4shared.com/file/o-h4W_I3/CU_Overlays.html

HOW TO USE OVERLAYS

In Photoshop, start with a new 12 x 12 document at 300dpi. Using the paintbucket, add a solid color (in this case, I used a tangerine shade).

Copy/paste one of the overlays into the document, layered over the block of color. Click on Layer/Layer Style/Blending Options, and play around with the settings. You can get a vast array of different effects by changing the settings here! This is Overlay #2 from my CU pack, with the Blending options set to "Multiply":


Same overlay, with the blending option set to "Overlay":



Here it is set to "Difference":

Same overlay, now set to "Exculsion":


To get a little more inventive, I duplicated the overlay layer, set the lower layer to "Difference" and the upper layer to "Exclusion" with the "Poster edges" filter applied:



Save the final paper as a jpg, and you're on your way to digital designing!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Three Muses and Orient Express FREEBIE Part Four

This week, the challenge at Three Muses is "Time". My entry is "Time Flies":

To check out all the other fantastic entries (or to post one yourself!), go to: http://thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com/

And Now for your FREE STUFF!!!!

Today, we are celebrating the fact that I have managed to pass another semester with my 4.0 intact. Tomorrow the college is having its annual awards ceremony, and I will be given the 2010 Creative Writing Award, the Nicholas and Theresa DiSantis Quality Printing Scholarship Award, and I will be formally inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.




To get Part Four of "Orient Express":
If you don't already have the other the other three parts, they are available by scrolling down.