Monday, January 30, 2012

Kicking the sticks

Is it -- is it working? Yes? Ha! *happy dance*
This, my friends, may look like one of my average photos, but I tell you it's not!
 "How?" you ask, rolling your eyes upward a little even. {"Besides the watermark. That might be new."}
 Well, once upon a time - last week to be exact - I was relaxing on a dreary afternoon day, enjoying a cup of lemon-ginger tea {well, not really. Turns out I don't like lemon-ginger.} while browsing the vast Interwebs. Grown bored with that, I decided to check my email before signing off for the day. When lo, I had received a missive from Picnik, my favorite and frequently used online photo editor warning me of its imminent closure on April the 19th! Shock and horror! The scum Google has bought them out and reduced them to an app on Google+. Disgusted at having the rug pulled out from under me {Or having the bomb dropped, if you like} in such a manner, I vowed right then and there to bite the bullet and learn Photoshop.
 I had always planned to learn the ins and outs of Photoshop photo editing, but as long as Picnik preformed as I wanted it to, I never tried that hard. Well, my crutch is being taken away so I might do well to learn to walk before it is. As this photo proves, I've already got some of the basics; contrast, cropping, text, hue, saturation, etc.

So with Photoshop 4 Dummies in one hand and camera in the other, I must bid you all good night.

p.s. I am planning a post featuring animals, hay, and ice soon. Sound interesting? It may well be. So keep your ears pricked.


  1. Shock and horror, indeed! What a sad, sad business this is. But, at least we get free Premium until it closes!

    of Arda Nessimava

    p.s. I love the picture!

  2. p.p.s. I can't remember if I left I comment saying that I tagged you on my blog (Arda Nessimava) or not (you don't need to publish this comment)

  3. *ears pricked* Oh, and I hate the fact that Picnik is closing. They're perfect for blog designing! Plus, I can't afford fancy photo-shopping software :P poo.


  4. Yay for Photoshop. It's just as well, Gwyn. :))

  5. Nice! It's a lovely edit indeed. :) I spent a few weeks with a trial of Lightroom this summer, and nearly pulled my hair out, so I admire your perseverance with Photoshop, a lot. The whole Picnik situation frustrates, me, too...what is with Google and their unending amassing of websites? ;)

  6. Try Adobe Lightroom - it's much simpler to use and it has a very easy layout just to play with the lighting, saturation, vibrance, and contrast, and you can crop as well.

  7. Looks awesome!! I use GIMP, it's like photoshop, but free. :D