Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Black & White LO

I'm really loving all black and white layouts right now. Here's one I cranked out today using Kasia's Black & White Memories kit from Shabby Pickle. The black ribbon hanger is from Jennifer Barrette's Teen Angst kit...

Another awesome charity kit

Zoe Pearn has a charity kit out called Close to my Heart that is absolutely gorgeous. If you purchase it before March 31st, the proceeds go to benefit the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The Close to my Heart bundle pack is only $10, and it's HUGE!

Here's my first layout with this kit...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fixing a Blurry Photo

I hate it when I take (what I think is) a really good picture, and then when I download it and take a closer look, it's blurry - or even just not as sharp as I'd like.

Here's a super simple way to sharpen up your photos. Since this technique takes advantage of Lab Color, this is best used on color photos.

Open an image (in this case RGB mode)

Image > Mode > Lab Color
In the Channels pallet Click the "Lightness" layer. (This shows only grayscale.)

Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp mask
-- You may need to adjust, but keep the Amount between 50 and 150%, the Radius between 1.5 and 4 pixels, and start with the Threshold at 1.

Click the preview box on and off to see the effect.
Click OK when done.

In the Channels pallet click "Lab Color" layer to restore color portion

Image > Mode > RGB (put pack to original mode)

Here's an example....
Here's a picture of Wesley with his Daddy's work hat on. I took this shot as Wesley ran by and it turned out very blurry. The final result is far from perfect - but improved. I used Amount: 140, Radius 3.5, and Threshold at 2. I then ran the Smart Sharpen filter, converted to black and white, and played around with the curves a little.

Like I said, not perfect - but it saves this photo from the Recycle Bin.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wishing For Spring Freebie

Ever since the weather starting warming up a bit, I have been so anxious for spring! Here's a paper pack perfect for scrapping those wishing-for-spring pics.

Download: Wishing For Spring Paper Pack Freebie