Friday, February 14, 2020

Free Photo Stock for your designs!!!

You might have noticed that I have not been posting here on my blog lately. Started the year off finding out that I am being laid off from the print shop I have been working for the last 35 years. Happy New Year and you are being laid off!!! The shop has merged with a larger printing company and everyone is being let go except the sales people. BUT, I am still as of this day working there as they have been of need of my skills. Eventually they will lay me off but they would like to hire me here and there for freelance work and I should be getting three months severance pay. Hurray!

So, I have been busy over on Linkedin writing articles and posting graphic design samples to show off some of my graphic design skills. I have been using Affinity Publisher which is a Adobe InDesign alternative, I highly recommend it. And I been using Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator alternatives. In my design samples, I have been using photos from a few great FREE stock sites I like to recommend.

First is Unsplash, I love this stock site. Browse to find a photo you want to use, double click the photo to open it up and click the free download button in the upper right corner. Also, I recommend checking out Pexels and Pixabay, both also are great free stock sites that you might find the images you need for your design projects. And you do not need to create an account to download the images.

Below are a couple of publications in which I use images I found on this sites and I posted to my Linkedin page.

#photostock #graphicdesign #affinitypublisher

Friday, January 10, 2020

Before and After: 1961 Triumph

Sorry that I have not been posting much recently, my life been turned upside down. Started the new year off with finding out that the print shop I been working 35 years for is merging and I will be out of a job soon. Sigh.

So anyway, back to posting a new before and after with a shoot of this classic from a car show a few years back.

Using ON1 Photo Raw, I did a few basic raw editing in the Develop panel before moving on to the Effects panel. There I started with a Black and White adjustment using the Infrared preset. Next, I applied a LUTs using the Aachen color grading to give it that vintage effect and added a Sunshine adjustment to brighten up the results. Added Noise Reduction and then a tobacco Photo Filter adjustment. An Antique effect was added to give it more vintage look and applied a little bit of a earth texture with the Texture adjustment. To give it a light leak, a second texture called Light Leak 6 was applied before finally finish it off with a movie camera border.

#beforeandafter #on1photoraw


Monday, December 30, 2019

Photo to Art: Mazza's

Last post for the year! Started this blog earlier in the year before Google shut down Google+. I decided I really did not want to move onto another social media platform and I definitely did not want to be on Facebook even though I have an account because of family.

But I wanted somewhere where I can show my photography and my creativity, as well as photo editing. I like playing around with editing; black and white, Instagram-like effects, painting, etc. I get bored if I keep doing the same thing over and over.

So I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and hope next year will be better. And I leave you with my latest creation that I did with a combination of Corel Painter and Affinity Photo.

#photoart #art #corelpainter #affinityphoto
FINAL ART (done in Affinity Photo)
SKETCH (done in Corel Painter)


Monday, December 16, 2019

Painting for the Holidays Pt.2

One more for this year's holidays. Found this photo on Pixabay and thought it would be nice art piece. I took the photo into Corel Painter and created the painting there before taking it into Affinity Photo to create the final piece by adding a old paper texture and the text.

#holidays #corelpainter #affinityphoto #Pixabay #photoart

Original photo from Pixabay

Monday, December 9, 2019

Painting the Holidays 2019

Sorry that I have not been posting on the blog much. This time of year is busy at the print shop with all the holiday programs, cards and so on. Plus, on top of that, I have been under the weather. Winter and cold weather is not my favorite time of the year.

So, something different again! Since I have not been out taking any holiday photos, I decided to do something outside my comfort zone. This time I took a photo from the free stock website Pixabay and use Corel Painter to convert the photo into a painting. I started in Affinity Photo with a new document and then went under View > Studio > Stock. There you can access free stock sites like Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels. Think of it as Adobe Stock without the need for an Adobe account or having to pay for the images as these sites are free stock sites. Once I found a photo and dropped it into Affinity Photo, I then simply saved the photo and then opened it into Corel Painter. In Painter, I played around with multiply brushes and even though Painter has an Auto-paint feature, this time I did it all myself. As for the text, after exporting a jpg file out of Painter, I placed it into Affinity Photo and added the text there.

So there you go! And Happy Holidays to everyone!

#corelpainter #affinityphoto #Pixabay #happyholidays
Final painting from Corel Painter

Original photo from Pixabay

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Remembering Paul Walker

Being a big fan of the Fast & Furious films, November 30 is always a sad for FF fans like myself. On November 30, 2013, actor Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash. He was the original Fast & Furious character in the films and major character in the films (not including FF3). When read about him, he comes as a guy who was kind and cared about others. He doesn't come off as a big famous snobby actor but someone who is down to earth. So as a remembrance of Paul Walker, I create a image to post to social media using only Affinity Photo.

After finding a photo of Paul behind the steering wheel from a scene from one of the films, I placed it into a 1080 x 1080 pixels document. Next, I added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and desaturated the image to take out the color to give me a black and white image to work with. I added a Black and White adjustment layer to adjust only his eyes to bring out some of the contrast. Next came a black rectangle at the bottom of the image and applied a gradient to fade the black rectangle. This is where I placed the text using the font Antique Olive Std Nord Italic which I was able to find on the internet (luckily for free). I needed to add some contrast to the image so I added a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and a Shadows/Highlights adjustment layer to darken the shadows. Then I used the Inpainting Brush Tool to remove some parts of the image where his cheeks meet the steering wheel. A Lens Filter adjustment was used to add a little bit of color to his face to finally finish off the image.

So, there is the finish work!

#photoediting #affinityphoto #paulwalker #fastandfurious



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Before and After: Schnormeier Center

The Schnormeier Center at the Ariel-Foundation Park is one example of the park's use of remnants of the old buildings that once housed factories but today are used for indoor events. Also, you can see the old smoke stack in background which has been converted to a viewing tower. Editing was done in ON1 Photo Raw.

#beforeandafter #arielfoundationpark
After editing.

Before editing.