Thursday, February 14, 2008

Take It Further, January and February

I have been thinking about my February piece, but don't have anything to post yet. As part of the memory theme, I'm going to use photos and scanned images to make a collage about myself in my college and early professional years. It was going to be black and white images, but I just discovered how to add color to black and white via Photoshop, so I may try that. I've been making a continuing, but very erratic, irregular, and frustrated attempt to learn more about Photoshop, and this will give me an incentive to practice. I find I can only stand a few minutes at a time, and then can't remember what I learned to do. A better manual would really help; it would also help to have Photoshop Elements instead of Adobe Creative Suite. (We have that for my husband's work, but Photoshop CS is way, way beyond anything I would ever need or be able to use. Ironically, he knows even less than I do.)

I wrote to the publisher of 4000 Flower and Plant Motifs to ask permission to use their motif so that I could donate my January TIF piece to Ami Simms' Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, and received an email this morning granting permission, so as soon as I make it to the Post Office for the prepaid envelope, I should be all set. This would be a good use for any of these pieces that anyone didn't feel the desire to save. I have an interest in the cause because my father suffered from Alzheimer's, and as I struggle with Photoshop, I begin to wonder...

3 comments:

Nellie's Needles said...

That's exactly how Photoshop and I are getting along. Aargh! Even the video tutorials don't make it any easier for me to "get it". It's frustrating not to know all the terminology to ask the right ?'s to find the answer. It makes me feel like an old lady.

Debra Spincic said...

With my leisure time coming to an adjusted halt, I am having to multi-task the purpose of my projects too.

I hear you on the PhotoShop software. What was I thinking?

freebird said...

You mean they don't have a Photoshop for Dummies!? I've been looking at getting photoshop but consider myself a bit challenged when it comes to that kind of stuff. Oh dear!