Episode 23 – Basic Photoshop Tutorial – Adding Borders
This video is a basic Photoshop exercise showing how to add a border to a painting. I know Photoshop can be intimidating at first, but learning a few techniques will save you a ton of time during your licensing career. If you are new to licensing your art, you will find it a real benefit to create several borders in different color palettes using different patterns, then saving them in a file on your computer titled "borders". If you are creating a plaid or stripe, you could simply paint one strip approx 16" long by 2" wide (depending on what size you usually paint) and use that one strip to create all four sides of the border. You could also paint a toss or all-over pattern in the same fashion.
If you don’t have time to spend creating borders, no worries, after you’ve been licensing your art for a while you’ll have a large inventory of paintings with borders and can re-use those borders for new art. Either way you slice it, you will be glad to know how to use Photoshop to add borders and help save time.
Enjoy the video!
Is there a Photoshop tutorial you would like to see? If so, contact me and I will see if it’s something I know how to do and, if so, I would be glad to share it with you!
Episode 22 – What You Say When You Talk To Yourself
What do YOU say when you talk to yourself? Are you feeding yourself with positive or negative self talk. Sometimes you don’t even realize what you are saying to yourself is bringing you down and creating more of the same negative thoughts and feelings. You can be your own worse enemy. Even simple things such as, "I’m always late", "I am forgetful", or "I’m so clumsy" can create more of the same problems.
Programming > Beliefs > Attitudes > Feelings > Actions > Results
Negative programming can come from anywhere. It could be a parent, teacher, friend, sibling or coach that said some negative things to you in your past. At the time, you may have let it roll of your back but if you heard it enough times, you start to believe it. Maybe you didn’t experience that as a child but somehow, over time, you created your own negative self talk. The good news is, you can reverse it! You can re-program yourself and kick the negative thoughts to the curb and replace them with positive thoughts through self talk.
Author, Shad Helmstetter, goes into detail on the subject and offers many examples of positive self talk. Learn how to change old negative programming into positive programming and watch your life change. I recommend this book to everyone; no matter what age whether you’re rich or poor. It can help everyone.
The book is available on Amazon, or he offers it in PDF format here. Personally, I think you should buy the book and then pass it on to someone else