Magnifying Glass Effect

Magnifying Glass Effect

The Divi Theme Users Group has been a great hangout for the past month or so. Over 8K users posting questions and answers as they relate to the Divi WordPress theme developed by Elegant Themes.

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Occasionally (every day) you see a post prefaced with the acronym NDR, which represents Not Divi Related. One particular NDR caught my attention. A photo similar to the featured image of this page was posted, the user wanting to know how to create the effect. The best way to explain how to achieve a magnifying effect is to download my Magnifying Effect Photoshop file, open it up and quite clearly see for yourself. I’ve included two different versions with three examples total.

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Spiral Bound Notebook Mockup

Spiral Bound Notebook Mockup

Photoshop has a large following of devoted users, thanks to its intelligent design, user friendly interface and plethora of features. This list of the 300 best Photoshop resources speaks to the graphic editor package’s popularity. Pixel-perfect aficionados still feel more comfortable designing their mockups in Photoshop over any of its competitors; including illustration and sketch tools.

Recently I found myself in need of a work book mockup for a client project. The best I could do for my needs was a Pinterest image, which meant I had to start from scratch and create my own. Here I present to you my Spiral Bound Notebook Mockup as a free, no strings attached download. Add your own artwork to the Photoshop ‘Smart Object’ and VOILA!

Spiral Bound Notebook Mockup

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2001 Ford F-150 Supercrew

2001 Ford F-150 Supercrew

New to me! After a three month search I finally found the truck I had been searching for, a Ford F-150 Supercrew 4×4 with the Triton 5.4 V-8. This truck had been patiently waiting for me in Windsor Colorado. Rose (yes I gave my truck a name) met most of my criteria. Low mileage (86K), Supercrew, no dents or dings, clean interior, power windows, cruise control, running boards and a tonneau bed cover.

The previous owner, Bill, appeared to have taken good care of the truck, though he lied to me about keeping it garaged and omitted the fact that the driver’s window had noise issues. That notwithstanding, I’m very happy with the truck. Bill was on top of oil changes, radiator flushes, had just installed new tires – the kind of tires that get good gas mileage and run quite rather than wicked looking giant mudders.

Easter weekend gave me the time I needed to get to know her. I spent about $100.00 in product, mostly Meguires and set about detailing the heck out of the truck; it took three days! When the final coat of was had been applied and buffed to an amazing shine, I drove Rose out to one of my favorite spots along Boxelder Ditch at 5:30 Easter Sunday morning, parked her on the railroad tracks (a train had just passed), pulled out my Nikon D500 and Bogen tripod. With the Nikkor 18-55 attached I took several bracketed shots with the intention of processing at least three consecutive into a HDR via Photomatix.

The shot came to life once processed and I was thrilled with the result. The full moon was a bonus I hadn’t counted upon.

 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
-Calvin Coolidge

Christmas Retro Muted Blues & Green

Another year has slipped by and and so here is another Christmas card. I’m including a link to a zip package containing my Photoshop file (CS6) and assorted assets created/used for this graphic.

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note
and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.
Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Flash, Jan, Zac, Max & Molly the dog.

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Before & After

Before & After

In my spare time I like to edit images of people, ostensibly to improve upon the original. I’ll let you be the judge as to whether or not there are improvements in the gallery below.

Corner Ribbon

Corner Ribbon

Just what the shopping cart developer ordered. That eye-catching corner label. Tell prospective customers about SALE, FREE, DOWNLOAD, or any other alert you can dream up. This layered, editable Photoshop CS5 file will fill the bill.

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