Photoshop Tutorial and Free Printable Spring Subway Art

Head over to Printable Decor for this spring subway art printable and Photoshop tutorial detailing how you can easily change the color scheme and size to fit right in with your spring decor.

I cover using crop to quickly resize, as well as altering the hue of the entire photo, of just the blue, and turning the image into a monochrome.

Exciting stuff, I know!  You can use what you learn to alter freebie printables and your own images to complement your style.

Spring Chevron Subway art printable

Spring Chevron Subway art printable

If you like subway art and Photoshop tutorials, check out this detailed post on how to make your

own subway art.

DIY Foamboard Lightbox

Photography tips

Do you want beautiful product photos without the cost of a professional studio?  This DIY light box will do the trick, and you won’t have to dip into your holiday gift fund!  There are many versions of this contraption using cardboard boxes.  I made one here, but it is small and therefore restrictive.  Today, I will show you how I used white foam board to create a big ol’ photo tent.


  • 5 pieces of foam board
  • White tissue paper
  • Clear packing tape
  • Utility knife
  • Overweight beagle (optional)

Photographing jewelry


  • Cut large windows out of three foam board pieces (2 sides, and top)

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  • Tape tissue paper over the opening.  I taped it to the side of the box that would be facing towards the outside, so you are looking at what will be on the inside…

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  • Tape your foam board pieces together to make a box, leaving the front open.  If your husband wants to put entirely too much tape on there after you are done, let him.  He loves you.

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Here it is all set up.

Photography Tips

I use lamps I pick up at thrift stores, and 100W DAYTIME energy saving bulbs by GE.  Here I have a light source on top and on the left.  For more light, I would put one on the right.  You can just play with the lighting until you get the results you like.  Pretty hard not to get great photos with this bad boy.  Eliminate any unnatural lighting in the room besides your “studio” lamps.

What are your favorite photography tips and tricks?

Free Shipping and 40% Discount on Photo to Canvas

Just thought I would pass along this deal. My friend Shannon asked me to doctor her photo before having it printed by Canvas People. She is taking advantage of this holiday deal. You probably have seen the free 8×10 canvas deal floating around blog land. Seems like they have some kind of deal going on all the time at Canvas People. I have not personally ordered one since I am still drooling over Infarrantly Creative’s Z-Gel technique she did on the photographs I transformed into pop art for her. Awesome tutorial here that I eventually plan to tackle.

Shannon had me edit photos of her youngest 2 children (shown here), which she ordered from Canvas People. There was a green tint when she got one of them in the mail, which CP replaced without question at no cost to Shannon. She is happy with the outcome of her first 2, and sent me this photo of her oldest…

I edited the original in photoshop to this…

Take advantage of this great deal, and turn your memories into canvas art. Or, if you are a diehard DIYer, give Beckie’s tutorial a shot over at IC. If you need your photo edited, I am happy to do it to your specifications for $10. Just contact me, or leave a comment and we can get started. Happy New Year!!!!!

Krome Photos Editing Site!!

I found this website, Krome, that offers professional photo editing services and must share the treasure with you. With the amount of time I spend photo editing in photoshop, this is very appealing. The results are wonderful, and you get 25 free “Krome Treatments” just for signing up for the free account. I Love it!! I was excited at the prospect of 25 photo edits for free, and the low rates even after the freebies ran out, so I uploaded some pics that I knew needed some major editing. Uploading was easy with the software made available on the site (here), much like uploading to photobucket or facebook. I was notified that my photos would be edited and I would be notified when they were finished, within 24-48 hours. That was yesterday. Today, I went to the site to find my photos had been edited. Lets check them out a couple out:

So, the picture of my sweetie and I was taken on our wedding day by a cheap disposable camera. It has always been one of my favorites, except for its poor image quality. You can our faces are red and lacking in detail because of poor exposure. The sky and background are dull in color. The Krome treated photo is much improved. Our faces are clearer, our skin no longer looks burnt, the sky is a more vibrant blue, the green greener, and the contrast way better. They even cropped out the random tree on the far right, and some extraneous sky off of the top. I consider myself quite the little photoshop photo editor, and I have to admit that my attempts to beautify this picture did not quite measure up to the Krome treatment.

Take a look at my beagle before and after pics. Again, the contrast is adjusted such that more detail is visible, the major “red eye” in his left eye is eliminated, colors are more vibrant, the photo is cropped and there is an artistic touch with a photo vignette. Pretty cool. I appreciate it because I have not been formally trained, and while I know what I think looks good, I don’t always know where to crop for good photo composition.
What would take me an hour, and likely not turn out as good, is handled by Krome Photos. It is a good place to backup and organize picture files as well. The website allows you to tag photos much like facebook (and even recognizes the people you tag in their other pics), and allows easy photo sharing across several social media sites. If I could change anything about the site, I would give it functionality to keep me logged in (“remember me”) so I wouldn’t have to put in my username and password each time, but that is pretty minor. Also, it would be nice if you could request specific artistic touches and edits, but for this price, the service is amazing. Go get your 25 free Krome treatments, and see what you think. I am hooked.
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