Friday, September 4, 2009


I got home yesterday in the early afternoon, watched the first lesson of the free 6-month Photoshop webinar from Creative Techs, and promptly took a nap. The drive home was uneventful, very little traffic; the only problem was that I felt sooooooo sleepy. I ran the air conditioner on high periodically, turned up the music, sang along.....all the things you need to do to interrupt that sleepiness.

I watched the Tiger game - they won!!!

I took care of mail and such and then I played. I brought home an old picture of myself with four of my siblings to scan and had fun playing with it and finally adding a sepia tone. I am the one on the far right. My brother, John, who died of cancer last summer is the baby.

After that I couldn't help myself, I had to play with Photoshop for awhile. I decided it was time to play with brushes and my birds. I drew a bird in black using the pencil tool and then used brushes and layers to add the color. When I was satisfied, I put the black outline in the trash. Then I used the Custom Shape Tool to put a layer of diagonal lines behind the bird. The most fun was using the distort filter to warp the lines. I added a trill of notes also using the Custom Shape Tool and then selected all the layers that made up the bird and copied them. I then merged those copied layers. I then used the Transform tool to make the bird much smaller and then made three more copies. Voila!

Finally, while reading the blogs to which I subscribe I found the Friday Fill-in and had fun filling it in.

I am hoping to find time this weekend to play with clay and try to make a few clay pendants. My Mom gave me a toaster oven that was a gift to her years ago and has only been used a couple of times. She loved it, but her place is so small she doesn't have the counter space it requires. I had borrowed one from my dear friend, Nancy, but now I actually have one of my own.

Gotta go make coffee and get started on the day!

See you later.....


  1. That picture of you and your sisters and brother is so sweet! I love the watch on your little arm, slid way up to stay on. I can't imagine why you're taking the Photoshop class - you already know how to do everything! Your birds are so tweet (oooh, another bad pun). So you just drew them? No photo to start with? Glad you're home..... see ya soon! hugs, nancy

  2. Hi Vicki,
    Technology is amazing and the picture looks wonderful. I love the birds! You are very clever and talented.

  3. Hi Vicki, well done on your photoshop work! Love the photo of you and your siblings. I also love the bird you made. Thanks for the link, I have subscribed to the photoshop lessons and I hope to become as good as you!!!! Margaret Weiss

  4. Hi Vicki!
    I LOVE the sepia toned photo of you and your siblings!!!!! I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother last year . . . what a memorable photo you have of all of you! You are quite adept at Photoshop to be able to take a black and white bird drawing and color it! BRAVO!!!!

  5. I love your photoshop birds! I may have to play around with it myself (with my elements 6). - kathy

  6. It must be exciting to learn new Photoshop tricks! Great results, it is all a mystery to me!
    the family photo is really priceless!