Something different

Hi all

I’ve been a bit quiet again, but blame RL. I had a blast, still do, but taking a breather. Looky I took a pic of something different.

Something different for me

Couch: Scarlet Creative Mesh Lucky 8 Sofa – Lily

Globe: -tres blah- Eclectic Collection – Globe (The World is Yours)

Cup and Muffin: Apple Fall Coffee & Muffin

Frames: Apple Fall Annan Reclaimed Frame

Plant: Apple Fall Reaching Plant

Advertisements

Tutorial: How to make your avatar pop

This is my first tutorial in Photoshop and I’m actually a bit nervous. I’m not doing it in a video, but if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.

From years of fashion blogging I liked to make my avatar stand out when I take a picture but I got really bored with the same wall background. But sometimes my avatar just blended into a more busier one and you never really notice her fashion. Sooo if you have the same problem. I have a really subtle but effective way to make it pop.

The picture below is not totally raw, I have already liquified the parts that was a bit jaggard and blended the neck where there was a bit of a line.

 Tutorial 5

1. Firstly, duplicate your layer. (CTR + J).

Tutorial 1

2. Change your layer mode to “Vivid Light”. This should make your picture really dark.

Tutorial 2

3.Then go to Filter > Other >High Pass. Play around with the Radius slider. This will make your image much more defined. Take care not to make the radius too high, since it’s a second life picture, it is already a cartoon and if it’s too high it may appear cartoonish. We don’t want it to be too strong. In my case I decided on 1.8. Three is about the maximum I normally go. The trick is to just define it, so if you turn off the layer, by clicking on the eye icon, you can see the difference.

Tutorial 3

4. Then click on Alt and your layer mask button.

Tutorial 4

5. Use your paint brush tool to paint the color white over the parts you want to highlight in the image. In this case I’m painting over the eyes of my avatar and the sides of her nose as well as her arms and stomach parts. Again this is really just a very subtle way of drawing attention to the part of the picture which you want to be a bit brighter. If you turn the layer off and on, you will see that it is just a little brighter, subtle but enough for it to stand out. Suddenly, when you look at the picture for the first time, you don’t see the back ground first.

You can play around with it until it’s to your liking. I just find this is a really soft (?) way of doing it and to still looks natural.

Below is the final picture. I added my signature and a border.

Tutorial: Make it pop

Much love!

Explore your heart out

I always loved photography and to explore. I have 100s and 100s of pictures since I started. I joined Koinup and just loved sharing them. But then I got into blogging and starting doing events and that lead to sponsors and soon all I did was log on, blog, log off. The whole cyber world and creativity of amazing sims for years and years passed me by without noticing, but recently, I stopped and I started exploring again. So the last two pictures I posted, was all somewhere on the grid.

The one below is a sim that has the most amazing fields and flowers and shabby equipment with pretty chairs and decor. As I continued exploring I found a door that lead into a cave and I found this amazing dark space with all the glistering lights and sparkly trees. I could not resist. The picture is a little dark, but the idea was to show the lights. It was really a hidden treasure. Go visit Tillicum Island and see for yourself. Explore your heart out, you never know what you might find.

Much love!

Stars

How to be creative: It was never a secret after all

Today I was lucky enough to stumble upon a blog by Scott Berkun. It really caught my attention as he released a book about company culture, which is really relevant to my current work situation and very much under the spotlight. But, then I visited his blog and he had a link to his most read blogs, which is always really interesting to see what people love reading about. The first entry (not to my surprise, as it’s my personal number one most asked question!), is How to be Creative: the short honest truth. Of course I read it.  I want to be creative, I want to be interesting, I want to be good! The answer?… WORK. You have to work at being creative. By learning and doing it over and over. As you learn new techniques. The more you learn the more you can do, the more you can do the more creative you can be. This was never a secret.

Clearly, my avoidance technique (the one I recently adopted) was not helping. Time to get back to work!

While I was not being very creative in Second Life, I have been a little more creative in real life. Winter has finally arrived and I have been out and about in the snow.

Winter arrived ♡♡♡

Have a great day working hard!

Jasmine Flower

Hope you are having a wonderful Monday. Mine was pretty busy at RL work. I skipped gym today because I worked late and since it’s almost winter, it is already dark when I get home. That should really not be an excuse to not go to the gym. To be honest I can make up a million reasons to not go to the gym, I normally try to ignore them.

Well I’m off to go snuggle with my hubby in front of the fire and to watch Game of Thrones. I heard it was the creepiest and most disturbing episode ever. So looking forward to it! Happy Monday World!

Jasmine Flower

Body:
Skin: Lumae :: Adore – 4 – Peach // Darkling
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
Hair: Magika [03] Things

Clothes:
Top: …Mutresse... Bira Jacket –
Pants: …Mutresse… Lana Shorts
Heels: Bens Boutique – Rachel High Heels

Accessories:
Chest Piercings: .Pekka. Rake Piercing (Chest) Unisex
Make Up: #adored – eye extras and #adored – sorrow shadows – The Dark Style Fair 
Face Piercings: PUNCH / Dimple Piercing / Spikes
Septum Ring: PUNCH / Cross Septum

Pose:
(marukin) clous [c88]

Location:
Home Sweet Home