Sunday, November 28, 2010


I have not made date labels for a while.

Today, I'm finishing up my 365-project for November and needed something for the journal page.
So I decided to make some metal bits to share.
Hope that you will find it useful.

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Skin smoothing on PS

I read and learnt a very useful technique yesterday.
It is for smoothing skin (especially for faces) in PS.

I have a Samsung camera which detects faces when focusing and auto-smooths them when I shoot. However, my iphone's camera application does not do that automatically.
I do have a few other applications that can do it but that will mean switching applications during photo-taking.

So I decide to do some googling and found a useful tutorial here.
If you are interested, read it up!

Here's my result.

Steps are very easy:-
1. duplicate a layer
2. create a quick-mask on the new layer and paint over the area you wish to smooth
3. go back to standard mode and feather selection  (or feather the inverse)
4. add a filter of gussian blur (radius approximately 3 pixel) to the painted area
5. add a little bit of noise (2.5%) so that it is not overly smooth

Sunday, November 21, 2010

De-stressing time

Too much in my mind but too lazy to write.
So I shall go and do some laundry/cleaning to de-stress a little.

Here's a new template for you.
Not so much photo slots but feel free to add more if you need, by duplicating the photo+mat layers.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Simple layouts... too simple...

I bought my Wacom!

Was tempted to get the Ituos4 Wireless but it's so expensive (around S$650).
Since I'm not a designer making money out of this tablet&pen, I decided to get Bamboo fun instead.
It's half the price of the former and is a nicer silver to match my MBP.

And here is a silly layout about photos I accidentally took when using my iphone.
Somehow, I tend to click on the button before/after taking the photo I want to shoot and I end up having odd photos in my camera roll...


Monday, November 8, 2010

Need a new Wacom

Sick at home today and decided to surf the net a little.
I need a new Wacom pen and tablet. Am currently using my sister's old Ituos3 (very old version) and it's behaving oddly every now and then.
I saw that Ituos4 now has a wireless version and I wonder if it's good?
Bamboo fun looks nice too, especially "Mango" where there is less/no buttons since I don't use any.
What are you using? Any recommendations?

Here's my latest layout. A bit sad, I know.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

A sick weekend

Hi all. I know it has been a while since I posted something.
Work has been crazy and I was really overwhelmed.

This weekend was a long weekend as Friday was a holiday here for Deepavali or Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions), popularly known as the festival of lights (an important five-day festival in Hinduism).

Sadly last night, I suddenly came down with a sniffy nose.
Could be the weather or it could be my body deciding to protest after all the stress at work.
I don't know but maybe I should just go back to bed now...

Here's a new template for you.
I made a new "logo" and preview as well. *smile*
Enjoy the template!

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