Well, once again the Kaleidoscope family is on the grow! I’m so proud to introduce you all to Eloquence – a set of 42 colored textures based on 14 new designs plus black & white versions. Eloquence was inspired by combining my love of all things photography with all things literature…I figure what better way to let your photos speak volumes than to enhance them with richness, depth, and color! Like a great novel, Eloquence is multi-faceted: all of Eloquence’s textures were designed to work in various blending modes: Screen (for a light & lovely look), Overlay & Softlight (for richer/deeper looks) and like all of my textures, they work with all versions of Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements! I’m told they also work with things like Gimp, and other photo-editing software products that allow you to utilize textures, but I only guarantee their compatibility with Photoshop. To have a little look-see at everything Eloquence, take a moment to enjoy the b&a’s below, then, watch the video demo here, which will not only show you Eloquence in action, but it will also give you some great tips and tricks for working with textures!
If you keep reading, you’ll learn that Kaleidoscope has a new cyber-storefront, where you can learn even more about Eloquence, or you can purchase below. Everything is 40% off when using coupon code: may12.
What you need to know:
* Eloquence contains 42 versions of 14 .jpg textures, plus black & white versions. Eloquence is compatible with all versions of Photoshop, including CS and Elements. Each texture is approximately 300 dpi and approximately 8×10″.
* Eloquence is not a set of actions, filters, or presets so there is nothing to install when using Eloquence. It does not work in ACR or Lightroom, it works with Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements. For a video demonstration, click here.
* Eloquence includes written directions, however, it is recommended that you watch the video tutorials on this site for additional tips, tricks, and editing suggestions in order to fully utilize all Kaleidoscope products.
* Per industry standards, once purchased, Eloquence is non-refundable, so please email with any questions prior to purchasing.
Kaleidoscope products are distributed exclusively through the Clickin’ Moms Store. To purchase, please click here.
I am not a props genius at all. In fact, I really sort of suck at propping stuff out. There are some people who are just incredibly talented at it, but it’s never really been my thing. I like simple. Always have. The only props used in this shoot were a quilt that my grandma made (aka the “cuddle quilt”) and a blue hat. I think we managed to pull it off though, and I’m hoping that the simplicity of these images will keep them classic.
I have apparently lost my mind though when it comes to photoshopping. I am just seriously, seriously just all over the map. An advisor once told me to make sure that everything in a single post was finished the same. Yeah, I just can’t do that. Sorry, advisor. Going rogue.
I’ve been getting requests about when I’m going to return to accepting commissioned work, and I finally have an answer for you! In the fall. It will only be for a couple of months, but since my son will be starting school full time, I’ll finally have the opportunity to do it properly. For those of you who don’t know, I was running a clientele a few years ago while trying to take care of my son full time, and be a wife, and run Kaleidoscope, and my husband was also traveling constantly for work/finishing his Master’s degree. Life got waaaayy too stressful, and I decided something had to give. I didn’t want to put my son in daycare (he’s our only one – would have had more if we could have – but my body wouldn’t let me) and I have truly, truly cherished my decision to spend all the time with him that I’ve been able too. However, I am looking forward to shooting again regularly because I’ve really missed it so much! So, spread the word 757er’s!
Also, in Kaleidoscope news, look for some cool new stuff coming out soon! The images above were just edited using my presets and a new set of textures I’m about to release. Oh, yes…and mentoring. I’m going to start offering Photoshop mentoring as well. Email me if you’re interested. I’m developing the program right now, and hoping to have it finished within the next couple of
weeks months. Maybe sooner. My heart has been headed in that direction for a while now, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the idea will lead.
Alrighty, that’s a pretty jam-packed post! More soon, and in the meantime, I hope you all are enjoying all of Spring’s gifts as much as we are!
xoxo – PB
I’ve been photographing this little girl for a while now, and had to share in her mom’s nostalgia a bit during this last shoot. She is getting so big. And we were all a little caught off guard about it.
I quickly realized how much of a lovely girl she is becoming, filled with a paradox of guarded feminine daintiness and intense enthusiasm for life. She had no guards the last time I saw her. She was pure child. However, the world is training her, and very slowly, she is being formed into a young lady, who will soon be formed into a beautiful young woman.
I can envision her now: polished and poised to the tee. “To-do” list in one hand, college applications in the other. So that’s why, for a few minutes at least, it was nice to walk around with her barefoot, play with silly hats, and have her explain to me how God made the trees.
One day soon she will be hustling past those very same trees, accomplishing all that life has in store for her.
Parenthood is like that….isn’t it? The passage of time….even with other people’s children…constantly surprises us, doesn’t it? And for a moment, it takes our breath.
I’m reminded of a favorite quote by J.K. Rowling: “Time is making fools of us again” and I realize, once again, why I love doing what I do.
I cannot stop time anymore than you can. But I can do my best to record it. And I know, all too soon, I’m going to be desperate to have it back.
And hopefully, someday, when life has her deeply entrenched on the paths that will lead her to all she is intended to achieve, these pictures will remind her of a peaceful hour spent barefoot in a park on a beautiful spring day.
And she’ll have it back again.
Until next time, happy Easter everyone! Enjoy it. – PB
Well, if you’ve followed this blog for longer than 5 minutes, you know that I’ve been affiliated for a while now with a wonderful professional and a great photog-bud Erin, over at Texas Chicks Blogs & Pics. I think we first “cyber-met” when she either purchased or won some of my products online a few years ago, and started using them in her tutorial blog posts. Since then, she’s grown to be one of the online leaders when it comes to teaching Photoshop Elements, and she has helped thousands of readers develop their editing skills.
I like people like that. Those types of folks are my typical cup of tea.
I think many of you actually know me through Erin, but if you don’t, and for all those Elements users out there, I wanted to make sure you were aware of what an awesome resource she is. I also get a lot of emails from friends who are just wanting to learn basic ways to improve pictures they take of their kids, like the example below, and I always refer them to Erin.
If you’re just getting into Photoshop, Elements is a great tool to start out with. It’s what I started out with because a.) you can pick it up for about $80 (vs. it’s pricier cousin, Photoshop CS, which is going to run you upwards of $500) b.) it’s user-friendly and c.) you can accomplish most of your basic editing needs with it. If, after a year (or 6 months or 2 weeks, whatever your time frame is) you begin to find it limiting, you can upgrade to CS (like I did) and typically Adobe will give you a little discount. Clear that with them, first though.
So, if you’re a hobbyist, shutter-bug mom, or general photo enthusiast, Photoshop Elements is your friend. And so is Erin, because she will provide you with some awesome tutorials and will teach you how to uncover all sorts of tricks Elements can do. If you stop by, tell her I said hello. We like to be friendly like that.
Until next time, PB
I’m in this whole “returning to my roots” type of mood lately when it comes to photography. When I first got into photography, it was because I wanted to create beautiful images out of everyday life, and I wanted most of them to be black & white. Then I got into really experimenting with color and texture, and I’m so glad, because I learned so much. However, my first love will always be a black & white with a lot of blur. Not sure why. It’s just my thing, I guess. I hope you all enjoy these.
Also, if anyone out there has any insight as to using the “focus then recompose” feature in Nikon, I’d be very appreciative. No matter what I try, I can’t seem to get it to lock my focus on my subject. I do miss that about Canon. I am learning to manually switch focus points, but as you can see from the above images, I tend to forget.
As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a great week everyone! – PB