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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Graphic Goodness Exercises 1: Day 8



Welcome to the first Graphic Goodness Gratitude Exercises  - Week 2!

Starting today to the next 7 days, set aside at least 30 minutes to repeat what you've learned in the GG exercises week 1, plus to get familiar with some more basic tools on Adobe Photoshop that I use most often to create my 'cutout' graphics. It is a very important step to exercise your "graphic goodness creative muscles", which means, the more you practice, the more you'll get creative... guaranteed!

And if you are already familiar with working on Photoshop, feel free to develop your own techniques later, and share it with us here, or on Facebook.

First,
start with opening (in Adobe Photoshop) the digital papers I included in the f.r.e.e. goodiebag (if you haven't got one, get it here).

By now you must be familiar with:
  • copy and paste the digital papers to the working board
  • rectangular and elliptical marquee tools
  • move tool
  • lasso tools
  • duplicate layer
  • type tool (including coloring and changing sizes)

If  you missed the Graphic Goodness Exercises 1 -  Week 1, go here.

Second, now here are more tools and functions that you will learn in this tutorial week 2:
  • arrange layers
  • transform tools
  • eraser tools
  • group or merge layers

Third
, now let's start! :o)

First, I will copy and paste the background, then blue and pink ellips, and then brown treebark to the working board.



You see above that the pink circle is on top of the blue and the brown treebarks on top of the circles.

Fourth, now I want to move the blue circle to the front, and the brown treebarks to the back.

I click my mouse to one of the treebark (see on the layer list: it's on layer 4). Then on the menu at the top, I click on "Layer" and on the submenu "Arrange". Four options pop-up: Bring to Front, Bring forward, Send backward, Send to back





Fifth, now you see the options. Click on 'Bring to front' if you want the image / layer to be on the very front (on top of other layers), and click on 'Bring forward' if you want the image to move one layer on top. The same with the opposite. Click on 'Send to back' if you want the image / layer to be on the very back and click on 'Send backward' if you want the image to move one layer behind.

Experiment with the images on the working board, practice until you really get the hang of it :-)

Notes:
Another way to move the layers is by moving / dragging the layer on the layers list. Click on one of the layer, the hold the click and drag the layer up or down. What you see on the layers list is actually where exactly the layers are placed.

And voilà! Congratulations! You've completed today's exercise! :o)

Tomorrow  we'll continue with some practices using transform tools

See you tomorrow!

Have a graphic goodness today!




Choosing authenticity


One of the things I learned from my Dad, an artist, was authenticity. It was the very word that deeply sinks into my pscyhe, and I don't know if actually I just inherited that from Dad without realising how it would have shaped my life, the way I live now. There were times in my school years I lamented why I was different from my classmates, but then coming home, Dad would give me encouragement that my 'differences' - if I stick to those - were the things that made everyone know it's "me", that made me 'stand out' and that I don't have to be ashamed that I was 'extra-ordinary'. Then I went on. I found my life, life found me. And the journey is still up and down. And I'm thankful that Life still gives me gentle reminders whenever needed. Like the video of Dr Brene Brown above. Watch it. Take notes. You'll love it.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

GGE 1 Gratitude Cards Day 7








If  you haven't done so, read the "playnote" dan "do-it-your-way challenge" for this Graphic Goodness Exercises 1 - Gratitude Cards Week 1 - here.

How I created the image above on Adobe Photoshop:
  • open the digital papers from my f.r.e.e. goodiebag
  • copy and paste the teal background
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the blue circle, copy the layer to make 4 more, then use move tool to make the composition
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste one big purple ellips, 
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the green circle, copy the layer to many and then use move tool to create a composition of tree leaves
  • using lasso tool, create the brown tree bark, copy and paste
  • using lasso tool, create the blue and yellow leaves, using elliptical marquee tool to create the dark brown and white circles, then use move tool to place them around the brown tree bark
  • using the lasso tool, create the light blue rain drops, copy and paste and copy layer to many, then use move tool to place the rain drops images around
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the dark purple circle, copy layer to make 3 more, and then use move tool to create a composition of the four images.
  • using type tool, create the text. Type on this sampler: Georgia. Use the move tool to place the text as you like.
Now you can play and create your own card with the PSD file that you can download above :o)

Enjoy this little tutorial? Share it with your friends using the share buttons on the footer below...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Graphic Goodness updates

Wow! Basically you are here for a real treat, aren’t you? *wink* I’ve got a lot of free stuff for you to enjoy, to use or to ‘play’ and you can tweak them as you like :o) Oh dear, yes, I understand the graphics would be just no-thing if they’re only for showing, they’ve got to be both of your interest and useful.

So voilà the very reason why I created the graphic goodness exercises or simple tutorials on how I created my graphics. And THANK YOU for those who gave me very useful feedback through emails… I should’ve added information about ‘what I did’ or the ‘step-by-step’ with each PSD file that you can download here. Oh, see, the trial-and-error never stops, isn’t that exciting!

THANK YOU AGAIN for the feedback, and I will see if I can add the step-by-step info or even replace the gratitude cards this week with simpler files which illustrate the step-by-step in the graphic goodness exercises ‘playfile’ week 1. The posts will be up soon ;o)

PSSSSTTT…

Don’t forget,

I’m also preparing my new web-shop with much more inside than just web-sets. Expect these stuff for your delights:
  • all existing web-sets, but they are all updated with blogging sets plus premade PSD files for you to create your own stuff, to suit your need.
  • printable snapshots albums
  • graphic kits to satisfy your creative eyes and minds (Adobe Photoshop files)
  • journaling sets
  • lovely A4 or Letter size prints
  • premade e-book layouts (Adobe InDesign files)

Make sure you subscribe to Amretasgraphics Newsletter, get the free goodiebag, and special discounts later when the shop is officially open!

Monday, November 22, 2010

My icon of style: Paloma Picasso


I remember that one particular day in my childhood, I was probably ten year old, when my mother lend me a fashion magazine, and while devouring nice pictures throughout the pages, I was struck by one picture of a strikingly beautiful woman, black-haired and wearing dark red lipstick. And I remember asking my mother ‘who is she, mommy?’

There was something that made me instantly relate to her, even only by looking at her picture.

It turned out to be a picture of Paloma Picasso, daughter of the famous painter Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gillot, also a painter.

Both my parents were also painters, that’s probably why – without explanation – I felt there was something about her that ‘clicked’ when I saw that picture in the magazine. By the way, Daddy’s paintings were also contemporary, and somehow at ten years old I was already familiar with the word ‘Picasso’.

Years passed. And one day I recognized the elegance that once struck me, through pictures illustrating an article about Pablo Picasso. I became nostalgic about my late Dad, about those days in his studio playing colors, or even those times I was still very small sitting in my Dad’s class, drawing my own art while Dad was teaching – when my parents couldn’t find someone to babysit me. But at the same time I re-discovered my style icon who is Paloma. I really really really L.O.V.E. her style. At least, looking in the mirror, I realized I’m also very fond of red lipstick ;-) And looking back, my childhood as a daughter of two painters did have a huge influence and made me refuse to give up my designing life even though I already have a day job I’m equally passionate about.

What about you, dear reader, who is your style icon and does your childhood play a big role in how you choose to live your life now?

- me with mom on first day to school - with dad on the boat to Bali -

GGE 1 Gratitude Cards Day 6





If  you haven't done so, read the "playnote" dan "do-it-your-way challenge" for this Graphic Goodness Exercises 1 - Gratitude Cards Week 1 - here.

How I created the image above on Adobe Photoshop:
  • open the digital papers from my f.r.e.e. goodiebag
  • copy and paste the beige background
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the red circle, copy the layer to make 4 more, then use move tool to make the composition of a flower
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste one yellow ellips and place it to the center of the red flower
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the green circle, copy the layer to make 5 images and then use move tool to create a composition at the bottom of the working board
  • using polygonal lasso tool, create the blue triangle, copy and paste, copy layer to make 6 images and then use move tool to create a composition at the top of the working board
  • using the rectangular marquee tool, create the purple ribbon, copy and paste and copy layer to make 3 more images, then use move tool to place the ribbons around the flower
  • using type tool, create the text. Type on this sampler: Trebuchet. Use the move tool to place the text as you like.
Now you can play and create your own card with the PSD file that you can download above :o)

Enjoy this little tutorial? Share it with your friends using the share buttons on the footer below...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Deco inspiration: classic with colorful twist


Help. I want this living room. Seriously. It has the colorful twist I've been dreaming of for a living room. Let's thank decorator Miles Redd for the fabulous work. It's classic. But I had to hold my breath when I saw the teal curtains - in such composition with golden-green-ish wall and other extravagantly bold details. I swear I love this. I had to know why... yes, I have always preferred teal over blue, golden over yellow, and a dash of dark red or fuchsia or bold raspberry popping up somewhere. And those colors as floral patterns on a beige background. And in this room I discovered the power of black as well. Look at those black frames. They add to an oh so powerful character to this room. I always admire those people who can do the combination and orchestrate the colors to a fantastic room to step in, and stay.

How will I put this inspiration to my own graphics?


I'm in for the color orchestra! inspired by the colors in this room. Will be perfect for your playfile collection to accompany the Graphic Goodness Exercises :-) This graphic goodness kit will be available soon at Amretasgraphics Shop. 











In the meantime get a bit taste of this graphic goodness kit... the two blog background tiles below were made using the color orchestra above, free for you to download and use if you want. I use Template Designer on Blogger and it's very easy to change the background. Just make sure that you choose 'tile vertically' so the background will repeat itself making a beautiful patterned tile :o)

Have a graphic goodness!!




Here come the two blog background tiles (click on the image until it's fully open then save it to your own storage disk)








GGE 1 Gratitude Cards Day 5





If  you haven't done so, read the "playnote" dan "do-it-your-way challenge" for this Graphic Goodness Exercises 1 - Gratitude Cards Week 1 - here.

How I created the image above on Adobe Photoshop:
  • open the digital papers from my f.r.e.e. goodiebag
  • copy and paste the pink background
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the big grey ellips
  • using rectangular marquee tool, copy and paste cubes in various sizes and from various colors, copy the layer when necessary to make more images and then use move tool to create a composition of the two houses
  • using polygonal lasso tool, create the blue and brown triangles, copy and paste, then use move tool to place the triangles to the top of the houses images, to make the roof
  • using polygonal lasso tool, create the brown triangle to create a tree image, copy and paste
  • using the rectangular marquee tool, create the green circle, copy and paste, copy layer twice to make 2 more images then use the move tool to make a composition of a tree
  • using type tool, create the text. Type on this sampler: Trebuchet. Use the move tool to place the text as you like.
Now you can play and create your own card with the PSD file that you can download above :o)

Enjoy this little tutorial? Share it with your friends using the share buttons on the footer below...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

GGE 1 Gratitude Cards Day 4

Download PSD file here

If  you haven't done so, read the "playnote" dan "do-it-your-way challenge" for this Graphic Goodness Exercises 1 - Gratitude Cards Week 1 - here.

How I created the image above on Adobe Photoshop:
  • open the digital papers from my f.r.e.e. goodiebag
  • copy and paste the beige background
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the big brown ellips, copy layer to make one more image and make a composition at the bottom of the working board
  • using elliptical marquee tool, copy and paste the big yellow ellips, use move tool to place the 'sun' image on middle-top of the working board 
  • using polygonal lasso tool, create a brown triangle to create a tree image, copy and paste, copy layer to make 3 copies of the image then use move tool to place the images around
  • using the rectangular marquee tool, create the green circle, copy and paste, copy layer make 3 more images then use the move tool to place them on top of the brown triangles
  • using type tool, create the text. Type on this sampler: Georgia. Experiment with the sizes and colors. Use the move tool to place the text as you like.
Now you can play and create your own card with the PSD file that you can download above :o)

Enjoy this little tutorial? Share it with your friends using the share buttons on the footer below...

Friday, November 19, 2010

GGE 1 Gratitude Cards Day 3

Download PSD file here

Read the "playnote" dan "do-it-your-way challenge" for this Graphic Goodness Exercises 1 - Gratitude Cards Week 1 - here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

GGE 1 Gratitude Cards Day 2



Download PSD file here

Read the "playnote" dan "do-it-your-way challenge" for this Graphic Goodness Exercises 1 - Gratitude Cards Week 1 - here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Graphic Goodness Exercises 1: Gratitude Cards. Week 1






Welcome to the first Graphic Goodness Gratitude Exercises  - Week 1!

Today or tomorrow, set aside at least 30 minutes to get to know and get familiar with some basic tools on Adobe Photoshop that I use most often to create 'cutout' graphics, Amretasgraphics style. It is a very important step to kick start your "graphic goodness creative muscles", which means, the more you practice, the more you'll get creative... guaranteed!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm back!


Hello! Amretasgraphics is back, in new format, time for a new life for me on the www :o) 

As you see, I'm revamping Amretasgraphics hence this new blog is created with a brand new newsletter subscription and I'm ready to take off  with more structured contents.

Hint:
 it will be more than just showcasing my graphics.

Stay tune for exciting graphic goodness exercises with tons of bonuses. It will be more about my adventures, both in creating graphics and what I learn from the www. It will be about personal development through creative expression.  

To kick-start the adventures with, don't miss the updated graphic goodies by subscribing to my new newsletter. I've also created a page on Facebook where you can join to share your own graphic goodness :o)