Well, it's a long weekend and we've got rain, rain and more rain. Yay!
So yesterday I decided to just hang around the house and take it easy. I got a few things done that I'd been working on but for the most part it was a pretty boring day. I like quiet rainy days - but for some reason I just found it depressing yesterday. I rambled around for most of the evening not knowing what to do with myself.
So this morning I thought that maybe I should go through my gallery here and do a little house keeping.
DA sure doesn't make it very easy to do that. Each time you delete a deviation, it kicks you back out to your home page! So then you have to go searching to find your spot again and it's very annoying time consuming. I posted to the forums about it and someone gave me the suggestion to open the dev you want to delete in a new window. Well, it's better- but still a PITA.
I would *think* that DA would want people to be able to easily clean up their galleries. Reduce garbage, less clutter on the site in general, etc. So why would they make deleting so difficult? I would hope that the powers that be might think about this issue a little and make some much needed changes to how this is handled.
So, a fellow deviant had an interesting photo that he took. It shows a tree that had some kick ass lens flare going on. We had joked around about it being a magical tree and how it needed a rainbow and a unicorn with it, so for kicks and giggles he sent me his file and I played with it for a while. I am not a photo manipulator. Never done it before. Let's just say that it was an interesting experience. Let me tell you - if you are planning on trying it for the first time, choosing a nekkid tree with a wonky lens flare is NOT what you should pick for your first project!! LOL! It about nearly drove me around the bend! I almost quit - but I REALLY wanted to make it work! I finally finished it - and it's pretty cheesy - but I gave it my best shot with the limited knowledge I have! LOL! I sent it off to my friend for his perusal, and we'll see if he thinks it's post worthy or not!! LOL! If he thinks so I may just post it so that everyone can tell me how I should stick to photography and stay away from manipulating!
So today I will tackle cleaning my house (wow! exciting, eh?) and I will hopefully find something to keep me interested. Maybe I will work on a drawing I started a few days ago - I haven't really drawn anything for a long time and I suddenly felt inspired, so I really should grab the feeling and run with it while it's still there.
BTW - my friends - you have all come to mean more to me than you know. Each day I come to DA I hope to find a message from you and I always feel very happy when I find one! It is you, who keep me coming back to DA and I thank you for your friendship!
A List of Links for tutorials/info that I've found to be useful!
Basics of Pen Tool [link]
Making Photoshop Brushes [link]
Adding Borders in PS [link]
Depth of Field [link]
PS Borders [link]
The Pen Tool [link]
Making Textures [link]
Layer Masks and Colour Gradients [link]
GavTrain Photo Training [link]
Manual HDR [link]
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