2014: LEARN & HAVE FUN

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Happy New Year, friends!!

I've never been a new year's resolutions gal. BUT I am always working on various goals and projects. As we move into the new year, the biggest goals on my agenda are to learn more and have more FUN. Like way more fun, all the time, in everything I do. Even whilst reading emails. How? Well I'll probs be listening to this for starters... but srsly, it's time to let go of stress and enjoy errthang a little more. This is the year.

And then there's LEARN. I want to learn as much as I can about this entrepreneurial journey I'm on.

There's so much to learn when running your own biz. Logistically - like what to say in your contracts, in your bio, on your sales page, on social media, oh and how do you want to get paid (old school checks, paypal, chocolate?). There's a lot to consider.

While 2013 took me soooo much farther than I ever thought possible and I've learned A TON, I'm now at a crossroads where more learning is necessary. I'm ready to take things by to the next level of creativity and professionalism, y'all.

Specifically, I think it's time to master illustrator and indesign. While I'm able to do an insane amount of work in photoshop alone - and I'm sure I'll always use photoshop, my first true love - I know it's time to learn the ins and outs of these legit design programs. LEGIT. That's officially one of my words this year.

I already started taking illustrator classes last month and I'm loooving it. I feel more legit by the second. Feels good to invest time and energy into getting better. Because we can ALWAYS be better... oh, and we can always have more fun, yes?

What are some of your goals for 2014?

Original photo by Simon PAPE via Unsplash.

DIY DATE // 3

A while back I wrote a post called Crafting for the Crafting Inept. That's because I'm a super impatient/not very skilled crafter. I want it to look uh-mazing and put very minimal effort into it. Unreasonable?

That, my friends, is why I looove digital crafts. Ok, some of you may be thinking that digital crafts aren't really crafts. Glue, scissors, physical materials must be involved. You might be right... but when MJ of Parscaeli picked "typography" for this month's DIY Date, I immediately rejoiced because I could create a typography diy of sorts right in good ol' Photoshop. No overwhelming trip to the craft store, no clean up, no Meowmers getting into my craft bag and ripping up my construction paper. This DDIY (digital DIY) is gonna be grrreat!

Plus I love Photoshop. I use it basically daily (whoa, computer nerd much?). I'm gonna show you a suuuuper easy way to use Photoshop to take your photos and/or Instagrams to the next level of awesome.

To add a little pizazz to your photos, Instagrams, or those phenom images you find on Pinterest, follow these easy steps:

1. open your image in Photoshop. If you want to add text to an Instagram, use a site like Instagrid or ink361 to save them to your computer... and then let the fun begin.

2. in Photoshop, select the type tool (the "T" in your toolbar). Cool shortcut? Just hit the "T" key on your keyboard to select the type tool.

3. now for a rad font. On the top bar you'll see a drop-down menu for font styles, font size, etc. Click on the drop-down menu to select the font you'd like to use. While Photoshop comes with plenty of options to pick from, I highly recommend browsing sites like Font Squirrel or Da Font for fun and FREEEE fonts to download. No more boring fonts, k?

4. click anywhere on your image and a cursor will appear. write your message, yo. I love finding inspirational quotes from my beloved text | image pinboard and typing them on my photos to create my own little art prints...

5. find the best spot for your text. To move the text around, use the "select" tool at the very top of your toolbar. Cool shortcut? Press "V" on your keyboard. Oh yeah. These seconds you save add up, ya hear.

6. Text too big or too small? Select the type tool once again and double click your text. This should highlight your text. Now go back to the top bar, click the font size drop-down menu to select a different size.

Easy, yes? You could totally print these off, frame them, and have yourself one awesomely unique gift...

This was a super quick lesson - if you have questions, please ask!! I'd love to help. I know Photoshop can be cray... artsocialonline@gmail.com.

Next up will be the "NOT SO SIMPLE" text lesson in Photoshop... stay tuned, friendies.

As TO YOUR Qs

I love me some Photoshop. I use it for almost every post, either to resize an image...

add some text...

change colors and texture...

or merge images together when I'm feelin real arty like...

I've received a few questions about how I create my images (especially how to make the animated gif in this post!). During my blog post brainstorming sesh yesterday, I thought it could be fun to offer how-tos for all of my Photoshop magic... would you guys be into that? What would you like to know? I'd love to hear all of your Photoshop Qs! and, hopefully, I'll have the As...

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6 Days Until Blogshop

Blogshop is happening within the week, guys. My excitement is almost too much to handle. I can't wait to get out there and learn me some Photoshop from Bri & Angela!!

Did I mention this will be my first visit to Seattle too?? Double hooray! Kate sent me this amazing Seattle guide from Design*Sponge. Seriously I'm printing this and bringing it with me. It's like my very own, way cooler version of a Rick Steves travel book...

Image found here.

Why am I doing this, you ask? Let's start at the beginning...

Countdown to Blogshop

I'm going to Blogshop in Seattle - woot! For those of you who don't know the magic that is Blogshop, it is a Photoshop boot camp for bloggers (minus the push-ups... or so they say). I'll spend 2 days stuffing my brain full of Photoshop skills and such to make the images on this here blog more awesome and eye catching. AND it's taught by Bri Emery of Designlovefest, where I find endless inspiration on a daily basis. CANNOT wait.

For the next 10 days I'll be counting down to this momentous occasion... basically I'm so excited I can't hold it in, this is my outlet.

10 DAYS UNTIL BLOGSHOP!!

 

Image found on designlovefest.