Friday, March 28, 2014

Lightroom Slideshow of Mexico

Creating a slideshow from Lightroom has been on my To Do list for quite a while, and I was inspired to give it a go yesterday. It is SO easy! I thought I'd share a slideshow of our trip to Mexico from last November.
Enjoy :)

Music: Quasi Motion (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0

Want do learn how to do your own? Julianne Kost explains it quite nicely on the adobe blog and in on adobeTV.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Templates at Designer Digitals

I hosted my first challenge at the Designer Digitals store this week.

Template Mashup Challenge: Scrapping Moments

For the challenge I chose two templates that I rather love:

Tender Moments Layered Template

and Scrap Express No. 134

Scrap Express No. 134

The Designer Digitals gallery is already buzzing with pages using the two templates.

This is my page for the challenge - my daughter’s 17th birthday (which was over a year ago!):

Esther's page

Now ALL templates are on sale at Designer Digitals.

Just thought I'd let you know :)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Travel Album Cover

Hi, It's been so long I couldn't even remember how to start a blog post!! Never mind, I'm here now :)
I posted a page at Designer Digitals yesterday (click the photo to view in the gallery there).
It's a page for a scraplift challenge - with wonderful inspiration:
Saturday Scraplift Scrapbooking Challenge – Layers of Fun

My friend, Maureen, said she "totally didn't understand" how I did it - which I don't believe for a second, but I thought I'd post my process in case anyone is interested.

Step 1 Open a new canvas

Create a new 3600 x 3600 page (actually, mine is not square, but it doesn’t matter).

Step 2 Add your map image

Open a map of the country you visited. I used Map overlays no1 by Katie Pertiet.
Paste it onto your new page.
BTW, this could be ANY image from which you want to select a shape to use as a mask.

Step 3 Select the countries from your map

Use the Quick Selection Tool to select the countries you are after.
Note: If your map was an overlay (like mine) you will need to turn on sample all layers so you can grab the white background for the countries.

It does get a bit fiddly. You will need to switch between the Add to selection and Subtract from selection buttons to refine your selection – remove country names, etc.

Step 4 Create an Extracted Mask Layer of your country

There are a couple of options you can use now. But one way is copy your selection using Edit -> Copy Merged (Shit + Ctrl + C) and paste as a new layer.
Now press Ctrl + D to clear your selection.
Hide your map overlay layer.

Step 5 Clip a background image to your Extracted Mask Layer

You can choose any background you like. It just serves to fill in any gaps that the photos don't cover. I placed a Roughed Up Photo Mats Map over my mask layer.
Then drag into place and press Ctrl + Alt + G to clip it to the Extracted Map mask layer. Suddenly it’s starting to look like something!

Step 6

I added a shadow to my Extracted Map mask and dragged the two layers to make the map larger on my page.

Step 7 Add background photos

Then, starting at the top I added my background photos, clipping them to the Extracted Map mask in the same way I clipped the map in the step above.. I erased some of the edges of the photos to blend them into the map. (I actually used a layer mask to hide the edges rather than using the actual eraser.)

Step 9 Adding foreground photos

On top of those background images I placed a few extracted images. I did the extraction using the same way as I extracted the map mask. Mostly I just deleted the sky which is an easy one to select with the Quick Selection Tool and then press delete. Then I moved each one onto my page and placed it in position. Here they are all removed from the mask so you can see what I used. I have added a little shadow to each one already.

Step 10 Finishing Touches

Then I added the frame and text. (Actually I did them first because it gave me a sense of the overall design early on, but I forgot to show you that here!). And here it is again, the finished album cover!
And maybe it does look complicated, but honestly I took longer selecting the photos than I did creating the page!


So if you do a page like this and you don't post it in the Designer Digitals gallery, please post a comment with a link to your page! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

A big adventure

I am currently in the USA with my friend Carol. Having the BEST fun!!
I'm posting photos on a travel blog I've created. It is here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Club Activity: Night photography around Lake Weeroona

I am a member of the local camera club. It is such great fun to share your passion with like-minded people and a great excuse to behave totally weird in public :)
I posted these photos directly from Lightroom using a plug-in (LR/Blog). It took me heaps of experimentation to figure out how to set it up so that when you click on a photo it opens a larger version!

A restful seat

With a little light painting by Boyd to brighten it.

Passing train

This is the one that interrupts our meeting every Tuesday evening about 8:30!

Lake Weeroona

The Cathedral in the distance

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Publishing photos from Lightroom

I recently purchased an Olympus Tough TG-2. I've had terrific fun with its "super macro" function. It is indeed "super"! I thought I'd experiment with sharing some of the photos directly onto my blog from Lightroom. It is not as simple as I'd hoped. I have downloaded the LR/Blog plugin but it is not working with my copy of Lightroom2! I can't find an alternative and I have spend DAYS trying to work this out!! My sweet husband told me last night that he would have "cracked the shits" ages ago and given up. Yes, he would have!!
But I CAN export straight from LR2 to Flickr using Jeffrey Friedl's Export to Flickr plugin, so here's plan B:

Experimenting with exports from Flickr

Below are some other methods I've tried with varying success. I want to be able to display the photo title and description with each photo. Do you have any suggestions?!

Straight from Flickr 

I don't know what I'm doing wrong here but I can't get them any bigger than 75 pixels. I specified 500 pixels! Is this a bug with Flickr?
Sundew-9010117.jpgSundew-9010112.jpgP9010096.jpgSpring Blossom-9010064.jpg

Macros, a set on Flickr.

Using PictoBrowser

I have selected the option to permanently show the "Notes" which are the Flickr description (from the Lightroom file caption).
Get the flash player here:

Using FlickrSlidr

There's no option to view the Flickr description with this one :(.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.


All of the ones above use flash and so they don't work on iOS (iPad etc). SlideMyPics is one that uses HTML5 instead and WILL work on iOS. It is very easy to create and has some lovely configuration options (but still no caption/description option).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Ok, I'm a bit late, even for my overseas friends!
But I hope you had a good one, anyway.
As my girls have grown and started leaving home Mother's Day has become so much more special. I just love seeing them all together and having fun. We had a lovely lunch at a local restaurant. Not only was the food fabulous, but they had a wall that provided the perfect backdrop and a big window for light! How thoughtful of them!
So here is my family and an extra one (extra-TALL one) who is quickly becoming a special member of the family.

And then they were gone!!

Hope your day was wonderful as mine!
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