New Toy – Metamorphosis Monday

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Sisters adjusted

Long ago when I took Wedding photos as a part-time job/hobby, (back in the film days) it cost a fortune to see how wonderful or poorly a shoot went. Lucky for me the majority of my shots turned out OK, but frankly not many clients or friends for that matter, ever saw  my BAD shots. ( and there were grundles of them)

Then along came the DIGITAL CAMERA!!I was not only back in my Groove… I could take a millions and gazillions  of the same thing and it would NOT cost me a dime until I had them printed. Woo hoo!!

After the fun of the shoot– THEN COMES THE WORK. As many of you know getting the photo exactly like you saw it or tweaked just a bit– takes TIME… and a lot of understanding of Photoshop. My boyfriend (Canon Rebel SLR Camera to be exact) 🙂 came with the shorten version of Photoshop called Elements.  This took me many hours of tutorials and still I find myself lacking. Besides, the $699 to $1000 price tag of the full blown version of Photoshop, keeps me from the purchase. 

As I have said too many times to count (sorry about the redundancy) I love, love, did I say LOVE  my blog! However, I have to get geared up to do it some days– especially if I want to boost my photos. Most of the time I just post them SOOC (straight out of the camera) but when I tweak it can take me a couple of hours of work.

Ladies and Gentlemen— “Help me Rhonda!!” … I have found a life savor for myself!!  AND…. its FREE!!  It’s called Picnik —  This wonderful program has taken hours off my photo manipulations. It talks in terms I understand… like  “shine be gone”  🙂  yes that takes the glare off a face, or “wrinkle remover“… uh huh… (now if i could only figure out one of these programs for my daily make-up application!)  Ohhh! and one I particularly enjoy… “Sunless Tanner“. I get this program!! I understand it! It even has little tiny icons to the left of the application to show me what I want to be accomplished.

DISCLAIMER– I simply grabbed a cute shot I took some time back for demonstration purpose only.

flower fairys 2

This was the original photo….

Sisters adjusted

Then this fun example—I  just cropped and then boosted the color and added some fun text– then put a couple of different frames around it. I promise on a stack of very tall bibles 🙂 this took me 10 minutes to do. HAD I tried to this on Elements it would’ve taken me at least an hour and I would’ve tired out of frustration and NOT posted the picture.

I know I have mentioned my divine sisters… and this is just a funner version of us all.

sketch 2 again

 A long ago pencil sketch of us all (Sharon is the blonde of course on the left–so kinda rearrange till it matches the above photo)

Do any of you already use this program??? If so, where the heck have I been? I have been floating around all day long after I stumbled upon this. Can you tell I am excited??

Be sure and check out Susan at Between Naps on the Porch where she not only has a fantastic post of her covered porch but where you can check out the other Metamorphosis participators as well!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

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July 26, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Photography | 20 comments

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20 responses to “New Toy – Metamorphosis Monday”

  1. Kammy says:

    Hi Claudia!
    Yes, I have used Picnik…I would love Photoshop , plus the brains to use it, LOL !  One day……. I love my Caon Rebel too – it is Great !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  2. I’ve not heard Picnik.  I’ll have to give it a try!  I’m not good a photos and any easy tweak would be fabulous. 

    Tina

  3. Carrie Merth says:

    Never heard of that program. Hubby ordered me a new camera.  We shall see how it works in a few days.

  4. Great program!  I see is for Mac users too:)  My Mac program is really good, but I’d like to ask…the way you put your names..is that also a part of the program?

  5. Hi Claudia – I agree Picnik is great – it is actually used by Flickr to edit photos you have stored on their site. I haven’t used the pro version, but the one with Flickr has some really interesting features – and I love that they use words and phrases you can understand.

    Love your blog – and thanks for visiting mine!

  6. Maya says:

    Haven’t checked out that program yet…, but oh do I love the invention of the digital camera!

  7. Jacque Fivas says:

    What a great idea!  Thanks for sharing.

  8. Lynn Guinn says:

    OK, now I am going to try this picnic.  It looks like fun!
    Thanks for the tip!

  9. Brenda Kula says:

    I need to look into this! Thanks for the info!
    Brenda

  10. My daughter uses piknik. I haven’t tried it. I use Picasa 3, Photofiltre, Photoscape…all free and user friendly. I’ve done the free trials of Photoshop and decided to continue with the free programs.

  11. I have heard of it, but never tried it.
    I use Photobucket, and the auto fix…but you are right..it all takes so much time..
    And sometimes PB is cranky, and then it takes longer..
    I am going to check out Picnik

  12. I haven’t heard of picnik, but I am definitely going to check it out. Thanks for the info. Your photos are great.
    Rhonda

  13. Susan says:

    Hi Claudia,  I’ve never heard of this program…but wow, it worked great on your pic.  I sometimes use the Windows Picture Manager that came on my laptop.  I’ll have to check this program out…thanks for telling us about it.

  14. I love, love, love Picnik and have recommended it to several bloggers/friends. Picnik makes me look like a better photographer than I really am! I’ve tried a couple other editing sites and imho, none are as easy as Picnik. I love the fact that I can use the basic editing techniques without registering my name, email, etc. Also, I can upload and edit a photo straight from my computer and then save it right back to my computer for quick and easy access…I don’t have to save my photos to their site. When my personal photos are uploaded and saved on some external site, I always worry about who might have access to them.

  15. Porch Days says:

    I have always loved Photoshop Elements and didn’t think it took too long. But Picnik sounds worth checking out. Thanks for the tip.

  16. suzie says:

    Thanks for the tip, I have been looking at Elements program and waiting for it to go on sale, but haven’t caved yet! I’m curious though, did you go with the upgraded version or just the free picnik program? No wonder your blog pictures are so great you are a ‘photography’ by trade!!!

  17. suzie says:

    P.S that would be ‘photographer’ um not ‘photography’ sorry about the typo:(

  18. Donna says:

    Hi Claudia,  I wanted to come by and say thanks for stopping by and visiting me last week.  I always enjoy meeting new blogger friends.  I am excited that I picked today to come over because I loved your post and I am excited to go find out what picnik is all about.  Thanks for sharing this information.  Have a funtastic day!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  19. Aliesha says:

    I had to use Picknic to adjust the sizing on the beautiful pics you did for my company photo’s before they could go on the website. I just sent you a pic I “messed with” to your work email address. I think you will love it!
    Love ya Dee Dah..

  20. Glenda says:

    Hello there,
    I just stopped by to say I could live in that
    little cottage in the above picture. I am going to install picnic…I have been using Picasa, but you are kind of limited,and you can just choose your photos, and it has a button at the bottom that says “BLOG THIS”
    I am not that savvy with computers, so that is a big help to me.
    I, too, love your blog, and they way you write…Now I am off to see more about your blog….glenda

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