If you have been around here for long enough you'll know that I have been wanting to incorporate teaching into my offering for a LONG time.
While I eventually got quite proficient at making videos, I strongly disliked the process. The editing drives me crazy and I miss the one-on-one connection that I have experienced in my one-on-one lessons, as well as teaching live digital scrapbooking classes in both Paris and Salt Lake City.
In February, I came up with a rather elaborate idea for teaching live classes on-line. The initial interest was good, and so we moved forward with creating a plan of what such a program might look like and how to make it happen.
The frustration came when we put a calendar of my work schedule together and realized it could only work if I didn't need to sleep every night. It was a little ambitious even for a self-proclaimed over-achiever like myself.
Something had to give and we were forced to take a step back and re-evaluate my priorities for my business. It was clear that my passion lies in creating art and showing people how to use it which meant we had to place the proposed aA membership on the back burner. It would have been a nice addition to the mix but was not going to deliver the intended value to you as the customer.
We have not given up completely on the idea of this program, but it's important to start slow and steady as to avoid falling flat on our faces. I'm a run before I can walk type of girl and so I'm grateful to have had support from key individuals who have been able to reel me back in when I have drifted out too far.
It's not easy being a creative trying to do grown-up stuff like run a business. The two don't often go hand in hand, but it's always my intention that creativity can bring something truly unique to the table.
After much hard work, considerable investment and many a delay, we're almost ready to get this new adventure started. I am both nervous, excited, and honestly, quite terrified for tomorrow, but I'm also looking forward to continuing to evolve with you over the coming months to make this thing spectacular.
This is not a done deal as we have bigger plans and more ideas to put into play.
At the end of the day, I am here to serve you by delivering dynamic DigitalART products and guiding you to become the best artist you can be.
This is just the beginning.
Click on the image above to see the countdown and then check back tomorrow at 9am EST for see the new Anna Aspnes Designs.
Creative Team Member, Fran, demonstrates how to edit images without making changes to the underlying data of the original images in Adobe Photoshop.
Photoshop provides several ways to edit images without making changes to the underlying data of the original image, which is known as nondestructive editing. One way is the Camera Raw environment in Photoshop. I always thought you had to shoot your pictures in RAW format, but this is not the case, you can edit all your JPEG files from your camera in Camera Raw.
All the edits you make in Camera Raw are stored back inside the original image metadata, so when you open the image again in Camera Raw in the future, all your edits can be adjusted or removed completely to return the image to its original state. Even image crops and touch-ups can be reversed. For this tutorial, we will be fixing the exposure levels and color tone in Camera Raw.
Open your image in Camera Raw. Open Photoshop. Choose File > Browse in Bridge, select your JPEG image. Go to File > Open in Camera Raw.
Adjust the settings to warm up the picture and add a bit of clarity and vibrance. See settings below.
Below is a closer look at the settings.
Once you have the photo adjusted to your liking, save your image as a .jpg file, and click done on your Camera Raw window. When you reopen the original photo, it will open with your Camera Raw settings intact. If you want just your photo without the settings, open the photo you saved in jpeg format.
The changes are subtle, but make such a difference to the mood of the photo. You can also do your editing using different filters, but since discovering the Camera Raw Function, I do most of my editing here, which saves time as well as fixes all in a non-destructive way.
aA Creative Team members have used the ArtsyTransfers in the following layouts.
I Sing In My Car | Zwyck
H.H. Bennett | lkdavis
NEW! Beach Template Album Series. A brand newset of 12 X 12 beach-themed Artsy Layered Templates designed to create the first 5 pages of a 20-page photo book or album. This is Part 1 of 4 in this series and the templates are intended for use with the clipping mask function or recoloring.
NEW! In the City ValuePack No. 1. In the spirit of being the *Big City*, I've put together a collection of 12 assorted DigitalART products great for travel or teen pages.
AnnaBlendz. The retirement sale on the AnnaBlendz education modules is being extended through Wednesday July 8th, 2015 at 9am EST.
Between my impromptu getaway and the upcoming Independence Day celebrations this coming weekend in the United States, it seemed sensible to push out the launch of the new aA home on the web another week.
Much of my inspiration comes from just seeing something new, and this weekend, I did just that.
My beautiful friend invited me as her guest on her business trip, and we made a weekend out of it, to celebrate her birthday and enjoy the sights.
It's pretty special when you start your day with a Ritz Carlton Earl Grey, even if it is 4.00 am in the morning on your time zone.
The business aspect of the trip took us to the Stock Exchange where I played with the panorama settings on my iPhone.
Pretty fun to be standing behind the CNBC financial guys broadcasting on TV. The trick was to remain OFF the air. They had cameras everywhere.
Next I paid my respects at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. A truly humbling experience.
Before boarding a boat to see more of the sights, including Ellis Island, where the immigrants first landed, and Lady Liberty herself.
Have you ever tried to take a panorama on a boat. It's no small task.
Grateful for the sunshine that day because it rained for the remainder of the weekend.
And for cabs, even though it's takes an hour to travel 7 miles and you have to listen to the constant honking of horns. Made me wonder if it's a prerequisite of living in the city.
We watched an Act of God on Broadway starring Big Bang Theory's, Jim Parsons. The theater was more impressive than the show, but the content was fitting in light of the new Supreme Court ruling.
We checked into our hotel on Times Square to be greeted with this view.
And spent the time in between chatting, shopping and eating. I am gluten and dairy intolerant so I didn't get to sample the pizza or lobster rolls. Ironically, we ate in a lot of French places, which is a bit of an oxymoron, when you don't eat bread, pastries, butter or cream. I made it through the minefield and ate a lot of fish.
I enjoyed seeing how others live which is my favorite part of travel. The gated soccer fields in the middle of the city, small grocery and deli stores at every corner and trees planted on high-rise buildings.
And then there was the art, something I always notice.
In this video, aA Creative Team member, Suzie Griffith, demonstrates how to to use a variety of aA BrushSets, ArtsyTransfers and Overlays to add texture to your photo collages, digital scrapbooking pages and photo edits.