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Friday, May 16, 2008

Haiku Friday #39 - Simple Photo Manipulation

Yesterday in my
T-13 I shared a few
things I learned about

using Photoshop
Elements on the first day
of my 5 week class.

On day two I learned
how to take a duck like this
and is
olate it

then do the same thing
with these bunny rabbits and
the leaping cheetah

copy and paste each
in a different background ...
resize & r

move and duplicate
them so I could create the
funny 'scene' below

starting with this yard
I added the rabbits then
ducklings ... finally

this unlikely 'cat'
'layering' the images ...

each until I felt
satisfied ... ultimately
saving the files

to a flash drive so
I could share today in my
Haiku post like this.

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and shared in Volume 40 at
at Sacred Ruminations

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Thought for Today
"Learning is the discovery that something is possible." Fritz Perls


Anonymous said...

cool photos!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, I need to learn these things! Thanks for the tips! Happy Friday!

Cassie said...

Nice photos! Good for you for learning how to use photoshop...I just send photos to my sister to edit! :)

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

It looks like you are having great fun with that class!

(And I'm caught up with both your blogs -- ta da! Only 499 posts from other bloggers to go.) ;)

Olivia said...

I enjoyed this one, too...cool...I'm interested in this and would like to take a class too. I think that way I could actually learn something useful---WOW! Blessings, O

Ari_1965 said...

Very nice. How about a bald eagle swooping in from the other side?

Anonymous said...

Awesome 'ku! This weekend I intend to start learning because I am still so puzzled by much of it but would love to know more.

Storytellin' Mama said...

Great job with photoshop. My husband took my head off of one picture and put it on another for our Christmas card because everyone else was good in the picture!

Akelamalu said...

WOW that's brilliant!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

VERY cool! Isn't it amazing how much (and how many ways) there is to do! Nicely done!

storyteller said...

Wineymomma – Thanks ;--)

Wright – In your list of 101 Things today, I noticed you use Photoshop Elements (when read the first 40 or so before my sister called and interrupted me) … and I suspect you might find a class like this helpful too.

Cassie – My sister would be no help at all … she avoids computers like the plague! I’m ‘on my own’ when it comes to such things. Fortunately I enjoy the challenge ;--)

MPJ – Congratulations …(on catching up on my blogs)… and good luck with the rest. I have more than a 1000 new posts in my Google Reader most mornings, and manage to get it down to 500–600 most days … but I just have too many blogs entered to keep current these days. I am trying to cull the list, but progress is slow because I try to do too much and that trips me up. Hopefully I’ll strike a balance sometime soon.

Olivia – Friends have told me for a couple of years about these ‘nifty Adult School classes’ but I’d put them off until this Spring when I finally signed up. The price is right … comes to about $1.20 or so per hour of instruction at $38 for the 5 week course … meeting twice a week. In addition I can attend (w/o paying anything additional) all the one-day seminars on a variety of topics offered on Fridays and pay just $8 apiece (instead of $20) for the Saturday seminars. You might have a similar program near you ;--)

Ari – Nifty suggestion! Perhaps I’ll try that next ;--)

Maggie – I’ve ‘played’ on my own from time to time … teaching myself to do a few things … but I’m glad to have someone providing ‘guided practice & instruction’ currently … making the process easier and faster.

Laura – I’m sure we’ll be doing that kind of thing too … in fact I think that’s how we ‘fix’ the ‘green eye’ in pet photos … by substituting ‘eyes’ from good pet photos in place of the faulty ones.

Akelamalu – I thought it all very cool myself and the best thing is how simple it is to do!

MamaGeek – Yes, and my imagination keeps running ahead with possibilities making it all the more fun to learn how the tools work.

I'm delighted to find all your comments today. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and blessings,

Toni said...

What fun! I would love to have photoshop and the time to experiment! I'm jealous! (:

Anonymous said...

My problem is, I sit down to edit a photo and 15 photos and 8 hours later, it's breakfast time again!

Joyce said...

Wow! Looks like lots of fun. :)

Scylla said...

Excellent!! I love your pictures! I can cut the images, but I haven't learned how to merge them yet.

Betty said...

I am so envious of you getting to take these classes. Where are you taking those? There has got to be something around here that offers classes such as these.

That's amazing what you did with those pictures.

Have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

That's great! I'm a PhotoShop idiot. I just have the swanky camera.

Mom24 said...

Someday I hope to really explore Photoshop. A class is a great idea.

storyteller said...

Toni – I hope you’ll be able to do so one of these days too ;--)

Jenni – Ah yez … just like with blogging, time can slip away can’t it?

Joyce – So far it’s been very cool indeed and sharing today was fun too.

Scylla – I used the Magic Wand Tool (after choosing ‘contiguous’ and adjusting the ‘tolerance’ to ‘select’ colors similar to or different from the pixel I click) to outline objects. Once the object was outlined, I selected ‘inverse’ from the ‘image’ menu to ‘select’ the object to ‘copy’ … and from that point all I had to do was ‘paste’ then move and/or adjust the size to fit in the new background.

Betty – Our local High School District has an Adult School within it … and the classes I’m taking are offered through that Adult School. I suspect your local High School District must have something similar, but if not … perhaps a ‘community college’ might be another thing to check out.

AngloFootballFanatic – I may wind up wanting another camera at some point, but first I should learn how to use the features on my Casio Exilim because I’m sure it does nifty things I don’t yet have a clue about.

Mom24 – For me the class is making everything much simpler than the ‘help menus’ within Photoshop Elements did. Once I complete the class perhaps the ‘help’ menus might be more useful down the line?

Thanks to everybody for stopping by Small Reflections today and sharing your thoughts. I hope you had a fantastic Friday and the weekend is wonderful too.
Hugs and blessings,

Joy Des Jardins said...

My head spins with all you've learned...and how fast Virginia. Even if I wanted to, I don't have the time and I don't think my 'mush-for-a-brain' could retain anymore than what I absolutely need to operate on now. Good for you sweetie...I'm so jealous. Great photos. I love that little duckie....

storyteller said...

Joy – You’re so funny! Thanks for your support … always. You must realize that if I wasn’t engaged in learning new things, my life would be dull and my brain ‘mush’ … since it’s just Molly and me (with Ms. Kitty making three). With your kids, grandkids, and BlogHer job to occupy your time & energy, you have no reason to be jealous … truly! Just enjoy each moment ;--)
Hope all’s well with you and yours.
Hugs and blessings,

Karen said...

That is so cool! It's making me want to take a class...but the time, oh the time!!

storyteller said...

Karen – Yes … the time is right. You’d think I have plenty, being retired as I am … and in some respects I do. Of course I don’t choose to let go of so many other things I enjoy doing and therein lies the rub. I am having a wonderful time with the class … learning lots … and hoping to use lots of what I learn here on my blogs. You did do a lot of catching up today ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Tina Coruth said...


This is very cool, although a little scary for the rabbits and the duck! LOL


storyteller said...

Tina – Hehehe … yup! Adding the Cheetah put all those little added ‘critters’ at risk didn’t it? I’m enjoying the ‘play’ with these Photoshop tools!
Hugs and blessings,

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