Monday, April 9, 2012

Gifts & Things

Haven't posted for awhile and you might think art isn't happening.  Well, it is, but mostly oriented towards others, as in gifts and projects that are in motion.

My grand-daughter is now 4 and I made a photo/collage book with the theme of 4.  I've made similar books each year now and think the 5 book will have more narrative and may be the end of this series.

I'm also working on a photo/collage book of a World Trip I was fortunate enough to take in  1975-76 with my then husband, Perry.  The book is being done now because awhile back I uncovered a trove of photos from the trip and negatives, which I was able to have developed and put on disc.  Then just recently I found a journal I had kept during that trip.   Perry then, synchronistically, found his journal and a envelope filled with receipts and such.  And finally, in telling Perry's daughter, Mimi, about the book she said she had all the postcards we sent her from the trip and knew right where they were - so more to scan and include! Somehow all these things have decided it's time to be seen again now, 37 years later.  Maybe they like the idea of being in a book.

And finally, I'm at work on a collection of collages.  I'm in the gathering images stage, which can be quite addictive, I admit. For the most part, the images are tumbling around in my inner background, finding how they want to come into form.  I've moved a bit here and there on the digital canvas but it's all still evolving.

By the way, I am now working with a new 'digital canvas'.  I just upgrade from Photoshop Elements 8 to Photoshop 10 and I really like and recommend the new features in 10.  From what I understand, some of these were available in PSE 9, but not in any of  the earlier versions.  

One simple change that has made a difference to me is the 'self healing tool' that you can use with 'contextual background'.  You can make elements in an image you don't want, like text, and using the self-healing tool, PSE 10 will automatically replace the part marked to delete with the background it is on.  Cool.

You can also recompose pictures very easily and can now have text flow around an object.  I an happy to have those features but haven't actually tried them yet.  

You can get a free 1 month trial from Adobe. Just click on 'try'.  If you own a previous version, you can upgrade for $79.00.  

Since I wanted a back-up disc,  I ordered the disc from for around $80.  I then activated my ownership of the trial version by just entered the serial#.  Voila and a nice hands-on back-up disc is on the shelf.  


1 comment:

  1. Hi Elisabeth - I am very interested in the upgraded Photoshop you discussed - thanks for mentioning it - someday I hope to try all the things you do so well! Love the art of/for your granddaughter - she is pretty adorable. And that world trip 3 decades ago coming to life again now - what fun. Thanks for sharing all of this - I enjoyed it!!


Thanks for sharing!