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.

Lighting your Avatar

If you are going to blog, you will need an Avatar.avatar

No, not this one. I mean an Avatar that fits YOU! This could be a personal portrait or a picture that fits your blog or personality. This will help people identify with you or your blog. I mean, when we meet people, you see their visage. When we buy something, you see the image. So it’s only right if you are online, people have SOMETHING to relate to. An image should do the trick. I mean an Avatar.

But in order to make that avatar, you have to decide if you want something professional or a quick photo shot. I recommend professional, if you have the resources. If you really would like to do a professional Avatar, you will need a special kind of lighting. In Professor Coughlin’s class, we learn about two kinds of lighting. (Patience, I’m on lunch break and have to wash my dishes. I’ll be back this evening to talk about the lighting and show you the BEFORE).

Ok. I’m back. As promised, I am going to show you some BEFORE pictures. Next week, we will work on AFTER pictures.

So remember, to add a pic, you click ADD MEDIA.


and then click upload files.

then click select files.

then click insert into post.

You must put your cursor in the place you want your pic/s.

I put a far shot and a close up. This is my avatar BEFORE.

Now, back to the types of lighting for your professional avatar portrait.
Three point lighting, see below:

Above i used another function to insert the URL.

First, I went to the website for Three Point Lighting.

Next, I went to the top of this post below Add Contact Form.

Below the “M” in Form you will see a link. Click that link.

It will allow you to insert the website URL into a box that appears on your post.

Then click apply. It is an arrow going in the left direction. then click any space around the box and voila, you are done!

And here is the second type of lighting: Cross Key.

More next week when we do photo-something?

Creating Visual Content

In George Plumley’s “Teach Yourself Visually” WordPress, Chpt. 6 is Pictures are almost a perfect way to capture your readers attention. We live in a didactic world. Image is everything. The book recommends having a camera handy and take a picture of anything that you deem interesting. One image per page is sufficient. Use real people when possible, as stock photos come off as contrived. Below, I took a photo of pgs. 110-111 from the book, where I am taking my information from tonight.

Thinking Visually about Content

First, I took the photo with my camera.

Second, I uploaded it to my email.

Third, I emailed it to myself to transfer to the desktop.

Fourth, I opened my blog site and clicked on EDIT or ADD NEW POST.

Fifth, I entered the title “Creating Visual Content” from Chpt. 6. pg. 108 (Purple chapter).

Sixth, I consulted pg. 114 under “Upload and Insert an Image to a Post”.

Seventh, I clicked on the location (above) where I wanted to add my photo.

Eighth, I clicked “Add Media”.

Ninth, I opened my email and downloaded the picture to the desktop.

Tenth, I clicked select files and uploaded the image.

Eleventh, I selected the image and inserted it into the post.

Twelfth, I noticed that my original picture was blurry. So I clicked on the image and a menu appeared above.

Thirteenth, I clicked on the pencil icon.

Fourteenth, I edited the caption, which appeared beneath the picture. (I like how it printed. Simple yet elegant.)

Fifteenth, I looked down at the display settings and clicked “Full Size.”

Sixteenth, I clicked update, which returned me to this page.

Now my picture is clear!



When i first signed up for this class, i didn’t know what i wanted to blog about. First, I thought that since there were 12 weeks, I would blog about the 12 Doctors, from Doctor Who. But then I noticed that other people had done the same thing, Then I attempted to write about the decay of morality, but I went through mood swings. So I decided to actually blog about blogging. I figured this would help keep me in the present, keep me focused on what i was doing while helping others who are blogging for the first time. So those of you who are blogging on your own without the benefit of taking a class, I will walk you through it. You can vicariously blog through me. This way I can learn and teach, or teach and learn, and you can learn and see if this is for you. And I can see if this i for me. I am using George Plumley’s 3rd Edition of “WordPress”, Teach Yourself Visually. It is a very informative book that not only teaches you in text step-by-step, but has accompanying screenshots for further clarity. I will add pictures in the very near future that will correlate to steps in the process and every widget, plug in, etc. I learn to do, I will show you too.
So follow me, because I’m lost too.