Show & Tell

Remember last week, when I said I was spending a little more time in Photoshop?  Well, thanks to one of my readers and fellow photographers (Thanks, Jeff 🙂 ), I learned of a little gem of a tool.    The sponge tool.  Don’t let the name fool you . . . like it did me. . . it has nothing to with a sponge, at least I don’t think so.   I’m no Photoshop techie,  but I’ll give it my best shot to explain how it works.  If I lose you, you can read more about it here:

Unlike the dodge tool that lightens (and if your not careful washes out the color) and the burn tool that darkens (and, for me, seems to leave the area looking a little gray), the sponge tool when saturation is selected lightens and adds vibrancy.  And when desaturate is selected, it does just that, it removes the color.  Make your adjustments on its own layer and you can adjust the opacity to get just the right amount.


In my iris photo, I wanted to draw a little more attention to the yellows, and especially the center of the iris were there are those lovely soft yellows and purples.  In the first photo, I used the sponge tool with saturate selected at 34% flow and left the layer opacity at 100%.   The differences are subtle, but the purples and yellows are not only brighter but also more vibrant.  In Photo II, I used the dodge tool set for midtones at 13%.  The same area is also brighter, but it lost a little of its vibrancy in the process.  I also used the sponge tool in first photo on some of the other yellow areas.  Of course, there are many, many ways to achieve similar results, that’s just the nature of Photoshop, but for a quick selective adjustment, I am really liking the sponge tool (although, I think it really needs a new name).

Til Next Time,Maria

Color or Colour

I can’t remember the last time I took part in  a Texture Tuesday!  I am long overdue.  I am always amazed how a simple prompt can spark that creative process. This week’s edition … Color! …more specifically Colour (hmm, Canadian spelling maybe) POP.    I think Kim knew what she was doing when she picked this one… during these cold gray days of winter.

I decided to mix things up a big …or mess things up… all depending on how you look at it.


The challenge with this image was finding a texture(s) (kk_moremagic used here) that would work on an already black background and still get the colors to POP.  A little bit of a funky result…kinda of like these orchids… don’t you think?

True Love

This week’s Project 52 theme is True Love.   I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration for this.  Really, it was just Valentine’s . . . right?  Which, by the way I pretty much slept right though.  Have you ever been so tired ~ for no particular reason ~ just pooped.  Well that was me after dinner on 2/14/12.  I sat down to watch the news and enjoy a cup of coffee.  I settled into the cuddler (seriously, that is what the section of our couch is called) and promptly dozed off.  I’d wake up here and there and I knew I should just call it a night and go to bed (even if it was only 7:30); but I was just so dang comfy, I really just wanted to stay put.  A couple of hours later or so, my daughter came home from work with these beautiful red tulips for me.  I think she explained to me why tulips.  She promptly cuddle up next to me in the cuddler and I woke up just long enough to thank her (I think).  I did finely pull myself off couch, gave her a kiss good night, and went to bed.

I was so happy to wake up quite refreshed and to my red tulips the next morning ~ Thank you sweetheart ❤