It’s a good thing I have a job to go to every day, or I might have spent this entire week sitting at my desk, staring into the depths of my computer screen. (Let’s set aside, for a moment, the fact that my job requires me to sit at a different desk and stare into the depths of a trio of different computer screens, shall we?) I’ve got a little project in the works, and thoughts of it have consumed my free time. And, if I’m being honest, a bit of my not-free time, too.
You know how I take a lot of pictures, right? You may or may not know that I edit the DSLR photos in Lightroom these days. (I edit some of the mobile shots in Lightroom, too, but often for that I use Snapseed on my phone.) Anyway, over the years I have developed a set of presets that I use often in my Lightroom work, and it occurred to me recently that these presets may have some appeal to other amateur photographers who don’t want to start from scratch and make their own.
So, I’m working on packaging up a selection of my presets for sale in the shop. The most time-consuming part of all this is Photoshop. I decided it would be nice to have a Photoshop action to correspond to each Lightroom preset, in order to appeal to a larger audience. Let me tell you, though, it has also led to much frustration, LOL! You’d be surprised how hard it is to duplicate the Lightroom “split tone” look in Photoshop. I was so naive when I started this, thinking I could just use color layers with screen and multiply blend modes… oh! how wrong I was.
It’s ok, if you don’t understand what I’m talking about. By the time these babies are in the shop, you won’t need to know what’s under the hood, if you don’t want to.
Anyway, I managed to wrangle the last of the Photoshop actions into submission last night, but now I’m thinking maybe I want to add some more. I’m not sure 15 actions/presets is enough bang for the buck. I’ll make up my mind on that sometime today, and with luck – and a healthy dose of bleary-eyed determination – I should have the first set of Polka Dot Cottage Presets and Actions ready to list in the shop by Sunday evening!
No guarantees, though. I may decide it’s more important to stop what I’m doing and hang out with my teenagers now and then. That kind of thing is not so good for productivity, but it’s pretty great for the soul.
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the microblogging I’ve done on Instagram all week. This includes photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2018 is mornings: #myyearofmornings2018) and any other extra images I may have posted.
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
Just sitting down to a meeting in the company kitchen, and noticing what a nerd I am: pen I made, stylus I made (which I never use, it just sits on the edge of the tablet looking pretty) and mug I designed. I'm not even going to tell you about the handmade stuff that is on my person at the moment. I like to keep it tasteful, but it may just be a little bit out of control 🤣 #myyearofmornings Jul 17
Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Instagram ♥