Christmas Eve Animation

This is my first animation. I am going to work on these more and focus on the tutorials. This was especially difficult for me and I could not make a banner or include text (I now know how to include the text, but it doesn’t seem to work on the image itself until it closes out only on the Animatron site. So this is my basic one, and I will work more on this now that I have free time over the break. Actually, there are quite a few projects I want to work on over the break.


Oh, and that piece you see flying there? Somehow something got colored and I couldn’t uncolor it. So now Blitzen, there, is chasing after it.

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Snow Struggle is Real, Y’all

Except it’s not in Progress. It’s complete. I’m done the piktochart infographic (above). Just click on it and it will present a hyperlink to click on.

In the link above, you will find 3 things:

  1. How snow impacts road travel
  2. How to protect your car in snow conditions
  3. How snow fall is increasing

and this brings us to the end of the blogging blog. And it has been a journey. Bring me a gurney. I hope you have learned something at least along the way. I know I have.

I feel I have learned more over these last 12 weeks or so then I have learned all fall. Everything is hands-on and practical, and I know how to use functions, tools, videos and navigation of wordpress as well as a web-hosting presentation (which I still get eternal bluehost commercials on my youtube now).

Well, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea, that’s all the news that’s fit to print. I’m Dennis Miller, and I am outta here.

Good night, and Good luck!


Piktochart Infographic

Hello again,

It seems like such a long time between Nov. 2nd and Nov. 9th and that is probably because it has been (in a manner of speaking). Nov. 2nd we were uncertain of our next commander in chief and Nov. 9th we are certain we are afraid of our next commander in chief. If it weren’t for the fact our blog has to stay relevant to our subject, I think an apropo infographic would more better be suited to reflect last night’s election.

Nonetheless, we are here to do an infographic.

First, we have to chose a topic relevant to our avatar, blog, tabletop prop, etc. I chose a winter theme as it reflects my avatar and tabletop prop and I will blog about it below. I found data for snowfall in Pennsylvania and decided at first to compare 1985-2000 and 2001-2015 snowfalls to see if they have increased, decreased, or remained the same. Then I was instructed to find something deeper. That was too hard because I couldn’t find the data I needed so I kept the comparisons as PART of my infographic, but not the subject. Instead, by default, I decided on doing Winter Storm preparation in PA. I focused on the Impact of Snow on the Roads and How to Winterize your car and how to Prepare for Snow, finally comparing the two fifteen-year snowfall charts to highlight it will only increase so we have to know how to be ready.

I selected my infographic in Piktochart, a format I am a little familiar with having done a project in a previous e-publishing class. I logged into piktograph using my google email and located ‘infographic’ choice at the top of the page. There I was directed to multiple selections of infographics. I chose ‘education’. I was given a template with instructions how I can add photos, charts, etc.

I will attach my (in progress) piktochart with a link. Please see below.

Photoshopped Table Prop


On the left is the result of photoshopping the table prop.

As you may remember in the previous post, there were two plastic place holders. One suspended the snow scraper in mid-air, and the other supported the plate from the back. Also, the top and bottom of the photo were elongated.

I selected this photo because the colors more accurately represented and accentuated the photo, and I wanted to crop the top and bottom as well as photoshop out the plastic place holders.

To crop the photo, I moved the photo from a desktop file into photoshop. Then I selected the cropping tool on the upper left hand side of photoshop. I adjusted the photo to my desired specs and cropped.

To remove the plastic placeholders, I selected the lasso tool in the upper left side of photo shop and circled the obvious plastic reflections. Then I went to the edit tab on the top left above photoshop, clicked and scrolled down to the ‘fill’ selection. I clicked on fill and a window opened on the right hand side of the photoshop. It gave the option for ‘background color’ and another selection for ‘dissolve’. I clicked ok and repeated the process until the bulk of the visible plastic supporters were gone.

Then the third step was to remove the remaining chards of plastic supporters as well as balance out the section on the snowscraper where the hole from the supporter encircled it. I had to go to the upper left hand to select the ‘spot healer’ tool, which is located under the syringe-looking tool. The spot healer tool likes like a band-aid. I selected this tool and applied it above the items I wanted to airbrush out by ‘cloning’ the color I wanted. Then I dragged the tool down over the areas I wanted airbrushed out until I had as close to the desired original color as I could get. When I was finished, I went to the file tab above photoshop, scrolled down to save as, then a window opened and I scrolled down and selected jpeg, then scrolled back to the top and labeled it and saved it back in the original folder and voila, fini!


Choosing a photo of a Prop for Photoshop

Once you have photographed your prop, choosing a photo is the next step. Below I will display 3 possibilities.


Exhibit A: Above is the Roscolux gel I burned two posts previous. This photo was taken from an angle where no objects obfuscate the others, but it was just a test to see what roscolene gel looked like on film. I will not use this photo as it doesn’t show any of the four objects clearly and would just be too much work to photoshop it.


Exhibit B: Above is a possible choice, taken with cross-key lighting on a green sweep. No objects obfuscate each other, and there seems to be a nice opportunity to photoshop out the glass stand suspending the snow scraper. I considered this but opted out as the angle seems a bit too far and the plate doesn’t quite reveal the details and looks a bit faded.


Exhibit C: Above is my choice. While the angle is still a little further up than I would like, the soft lighting adjusted makes the sweep look less green and more bluish, which brings out the colors of the plate, though I wish I had more details. But it also gives me the opportunity to not only airbrush out the clear plastic stand, but also a great chance to crop the photo length-wise.

So stay tuned to next week to see the transformation!


Photoshopping 3 point-lit props on a green sweep with and without roscolene gel.

20161019_1805492Tonight I will work on photo-shopping from the props I shot last week. On right is called Amber Roscolux with Polyester. It is an alternative to Roscolene, but I did not use it.


Ok, on to photoshop!


What i did above was eliminate the plastic set up that allowed the snow scraper to be suspended mid-air. I went to photoshop and I went to the side of the screen and selected the ‘lasso’. I drew a line around the plastic set up and then went to the top of the screen and clicked the ‘fill’ option. I scrolled down to ‘dissolve’. Then i proceeded to ‘draw’ over the plastic set up until it disappeared completely.

When i was finished i realized that the plastic from the snow scraper clouded the horse’s face. I decided then that this pic must be a rough draft and next week i will select another angle of the photo that does not have the snow scraper in front of the horse and photoshop out the plastic set up.


Thanks for stopping by! see you next week!

Backlighting your Props

To complement your avatar you should get props that reflect your avatar theme. Mine, if you remember, or can see, is a winter-themed Thomas Kinkaide painting. Therefore, I have selected winter-themed props: a wooden horse, a stuffed reindeer, a snow scraper and a Christmas-themed plate from the 1930s.

To light it, you need to preferably photograph it in the studio. You will need a long paper hanging from the wall called a sweep. Be sure you find a color you like. I chose green to go with the Christmas theme. Then you pull the paper down until it covers your table. You connect the paper to the table using metal clamps. Then arrange your display.

Once your lighting is set-pics and types of light to follow-up can take your photos.

Three-Point Lighting, which you will see in the right below (green).


In the above left, you can see I used a gel called “Roscolene– Rosco’s acetate-based gel product, which hasn’t been made for a while. Roscolux is the polyester version of it, it will burn too, if you get it hot enough, but it holds up better“(Dr. Coughlin, Professor, GRIT 699-CHC) to cover the light and change the shadows also. I like the Roscolene pic, which gives off a purple hue, especially on the plate, which more accurately reflects the plate color. It is a toss up between with Roscolene and without as to which one more accurately reflects the other 3 ornaments. I do believe, though, that 3-point lighting really flushes out their colors.

I will show you the gel but it is also burned. By me. Sorry, Dr. Coughlin.


Another type of cross key lighting can be with LED lights. You do your display against a colored curtain of your choice and put the LED light between the curtain and your display. This serves as backlighting. You set up an LED in front of your display and betwixt the two lights you have upstage cross key lighting, which i will show you from a classmate.



Putting your Avatar on Gravatar

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Above is the “AFTER”. After watching Terry White’s video from my previous blog ‘photoshopping your avatar’. I was not able to make any real adjustments, I was only able to turn it black and white and crop. Someone had removed the components on photoshop and i would have had to subscribe to a 7-day trial app on a computer that was not mine, in the MAC lab.

Regardless, it will be my avatar. It was a difficult process to save to JPEG on the desk top, then go to media library, upload it to the library, then insert to post, as you see above.

Then, to upload your avatar to gravatar, look on the left hand side of this page to Users. click Users. Go down the left hand side til you see profile. it will tell you to go to Gravatar. Then sign into gravatar. it will give you the option to drag n drop your photo from the website. do so and then wait about 30-45 minutes and voila!

Below is the gallery of BEFORES. To make a gallery, go to ADD MEDIA. above your post. Click it. On the upper left hand side, the 2nd option down will say CREATE GALLERY. click create gallery. then click on all the photos you want to insert as a gallery into your post. then go to the lower right hand side to insert into post. click that and voila, you see below a gallery!

Photoshopping your Avatar

Hello everyone,

I’m back and as promised, I will walk you through how you photoshop your avatar using Adobe Avatar. We will be watching a video by Terry White who is supposed to be very good with everything Adobe. Actually, I’m glad to hear that because I am learning adobe basics in another class. I have the whole set of CS6 before it became licensed and impossible to own. I think Adobe is something i really want to learn more about so i will buy a book about it that i found for just a few bucks about CS6 and watch more Terry White! Top 10 things Photopshoppers need to know…stay tuned for the link. Photoshop CC. 10 Things beginners want to know.

Not all people are comfortable in front of a camera. I am not. Instead, I chose a painting from Thomas Kinkade called “I’ll tell you when i check to see what it’s called”. It was a gift but it’s a very cozy winter scene. I love winter. It represents a time when people are together and most activities are done indoors. I took the pictures professionally last week, and blogged about the BEFORE. Here is the photo of BEFORE:



Below I will blog about the AFTER.

Drag photo folder on top of Bridge CC icon. Use zoom to click or drag. How to touch up a photo. Spot healing brush tool (looks like a bandaid) comes in the shape of a circle. Use bracket keys (next to letter P), or use brush icon to make them bigger or smaller. Stylus pressure helps cleaning quick and easy. Expeditiously to remove spots or blemishes. Filter menu: liquify-can help turn the frown upside down. Or command Z.

click this link and you will see my avatar in progress in Photoshop:


arrows are toggle for white, lower left hand.

layers are folded paper near trashcan, lower right.

black and white adjustment layer, in add an adjustment. under kings crown.

the eye symbols on the left side of the layers are turn on/off.

crop a photo. square under brush on left upper side. above syringe.

Helpful hint:

A skill I don’t have is posting pictures. But I just learned in class that if you want to change locations of pictures, you click edit post (at the top of the page) and then put your cursor over the pic. Once you do that. a menu bar will appear over the pic. Then you can click on one of the alignments and align it where you want.