It’s a brand new Friday and a brand new Critique Me! Today in the video I did a semi-quick critique on 3 photos (see photos I critiqued below) and an extra little bonus. I’m all for bonus material and since I’ve been MIA for way too long it’s the least I could do for you sweet peeps.
At Charley’s finalization luncheon last January (man, that seems like yesterday and forever ago!) I created this little chalkboard sign:
Here’s what I wrote about the board on the post about her finalization luncheon:
The chalkboard sign is simply a piece of foamboard I already had on hand with two coats of chalkboard paint painted on. It made the board warp (like in a subtle U-shape), but it ended up working out perfectly because it could sit on the buffet table on it’s own.
The pictures around the edges are iPhone pics I’ve taken since Charley was born. I taped them around the edges in chronological order. To turn them to black and white I created an action in Photoshop and simply ran it on the entire folder where I had collected my favorite iPhone pics. Then, I had them printed at Kroger as mini-prints (basically their version of wallet-sized prints).
In the video I showed step by step how to create an action. Some of you may already know how to do this, but for those of you who don’t you MUST learn. It’s a huge time-saver. I use it quite often to do a quick resize to numerous pictures for emailing or uploading (smaller files mean faster uploads to Facebook and such). Check it!
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Pictures critiqued this round:
And, the info I shared in the video is as follows (in case you can’t understand my Southern accent or get distracted by the fact that my family makes a guest appearance half way through):
For the sign (which I added another 6-months of iPhone pics to for her 1-year birthday party) I quickly picked out my favorite iPhone pics and copy and pasted them into a folder all their own.
I then created an action that brightened them a bit and ran a separate black and white action (created by Totally Rad) to them.
Next step was running the action to the batch of photos sitting in the folder.
Finally, I took the final black and white images (which I burned to a CD) to Kroger and had “mini prints” made which is simply their version of wallet-sized prints. I taped them on the board in chronological order and wahlah!
Easy peasy! For real, it’s the easiest way to do something big (i.e. edit 100 images) fast.
(If any of the steps above confuse you take heart. I show you just how to do it in the video.)
As always, I love your comments, questions, thoughts and more so send ‘em my way!
Have a beautiful weekend,