Today

Original title, I know. I’m original like that, you know?

Just a few thoughts of gratitude from yesterday.

Sickbed

No matter how busy I am, when my punks are sick, they ALWAYS have the comfort of Cisco.

Fly

I haven’t been able to do anything else to this painting. I’m liking the simplicity of it for now. Maybe that means that flying isn’t so complicated…

Living in the light

While I was painting in my studio yesterday, I caught my shadow on the wall. I decided it was a literal reminder to live in the light. So when you see your shadow, just remember, “I live in the light.” (I know, I’m weird… and original.)

Happy Mail

To top off my gratitude list, I got happy mail yesterday. What makes me happy about this is not so much the flash itself, but my online photography friends who will be doing the flash class with me. I love these girls so much. Truly love them. They rock! I just wish we all lived closer, or that we all had unlimited funds to get together for some photography trips… like once a month or something. (Sigh) A girl can always dream!

Love,
Grateful Mom and Grateful Photog friend to the most awesome SOAGL gals

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How to create a watermark brush

A few months ago I was playing around in Photoshop Elements and finally figured out how to make a watermark brush.

First let me say that I do not know as much as I’d like to know about Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom; however, I have all of them.  Call me crazy.

Here’s a tutorial for you if you’d like to create a watermark brush for your images. The fact that I’m posting a tutorial for Photoshop Elements is in itself… comical, but if you like confusing entertainment, then proceed in reading this post.

I am using Photoshop Elements 8.

First, open Photoshop Elements Editor.  Go to File/New/Blank File or Ctrl +N.

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You will get a screen that looks like this.

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Name your file and make sure your background content is set to transparent.  I used this pixel size, but really you can use any size because you will be adjusting the size to fit your needs.

Now click your horizontal type tool.

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Click onto your image and you will see a dot.  If you click Alt on your keyboard and while holding down the Alt key type in 0169 on your keyboard keypad.  This will create the copyright mark ©.

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Next, select your font and font color and type in what you want your brush to say.

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Save your file.

Now, to make a brush, go to Edit/Define Brush/ and rename your brush to say copyright, or watermark.

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Now, open an image that you would like to watermark.

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Select the brush tool (note, you are under the Create tab to the right of your screen).

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Then select your brush you just made.  You can change the color of your brush and adjust the opacity to whatever you like.

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Give your image a stamp with your newly created brush.

I like to save my files in the psd format and then again in the jpg format so that I have both.

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And, since this is my first tutorial, please don’t hate me if I’ve just confused you.  Eat some chocolate and you will feel better.

Good Luck!

So True

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This quote is by Kurt Cobain.  Not really someone I’ve admired, but there’s a real truth and honesty in what he’s saying here.  This resonated with me and depicts where I’m at in my life right now and I’m liking this new skin.