Friday, April 11, 2014

A Photoshopping I Will Go

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I love Photoshop. It has to be one of the most wonderful programs on the face of any computer. Too bad I don't know how to use it.  I've had the program for several years now, and the most I've done with it is crop photos and fix the exposure, but now I want to learn more.

Okay, I did teach myself one other thing: how to add text.  I noticed that when I put pictures of my teacups up on Pinterest that they were showing up all over the web. (Even on a Google search.) So I learned to add a copyright (big wow), not that I was ever going to go after someone for using them--I just wanted people to know where it/they came from.

Back in December, I was a part of a Don't Text And Drive ... Listen to an Audiobook! campaign. Not only do I feel strongly about not texting while driving (talk about Russian Roulette), but having a bunch of audiobooks out there and not knowing how to promote them, I figured it couldn't hurt to try to get the word out. (We gave away over 30 audiobooks, including mine).  The graphics were done by my friend Evelyn David (and if you don't know her work, she writes (of all things) mysteries!).

Evelyn (well, half of her--it's actually a writing team) makes all kinds of graphics all the time to promote her two series, be they ebooks or audiobooks.  That bulldog wears many hats (literally), goes everywhere, says pithy things.  I thought it would be great fun to do something like that for my own books.  But where does one start?

It turns out, Miss Marple has a lot to say.  I knew I could crop, and thanks to a program called Paint, I knew I could add a thought balloon (after much trial and error) and text. 

But I want to be able to do more.  I've been watching tutorials on my computer, but even the ones for dummies take a lot of short cuts.  Excuse me, I'm trying to learn the basics and in it the guy says "just do a control D deselect" at 60 mph. You blink and whatever he just did is gone and you have to go back and listen/watch two more times before you know what just happened. So it's been slow.  Too bad Evelyn doesn't live down the road (I believe she's in Oklahoma) to give me a few lessons.  So, I'm on my own.

I figure I'll eventually learn enough to do stuff like this, which Mr. L did for me (although not in Photoshop. He's an Adobe Illustrator wiz--there are seven elements in the graphic below) and I'd probably be pretty happy.

Anybody got any good (EASY) Photoshop tips?  Do you like to see these types of graphics?
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