Monday, April 16, 2012

Photoshop + Subway Art = Love

I have dabbled in Photoshop here and there. Created a love/hate relationship with it. Went back for more torture and eventually broke up. I would wait a few months and attempt to the courage to play with it again only to be let down again. I knew that eventually I was going to have to conquer it one way or another. I will have to thank Pinterest for my most recent interest in it which I can thank them for a lot more ideas that are floating around in my head. Darn you, Pinterest. 

I love the craze of subway art. My son asked me yesterday why it was called that. I didn't have an answer for him because I didn't know. I couldn't even make up a good make believe answer for it either. Darn you, Mom. We are suppose to have the answers magically appear when your child has a question, right? 

Anyways, after much drooling over how awesome subway art is and all of the great ideas, I decided it was time to hook up with Photoshop again. This time I was not going to let it get the best of me. No sir! My very sweet husband purchased the newest version of Photoshop Elements (10) for our Mac and surprised me with it. I guess he was ready for me to figure it out as well. I'm trying to centralize everything to Mac because this is also something I'm trying to get use to. I've always been a Windows girl so another learning curve is exactly what I needed. 

In the past, I've always tried to learn PS myself. This is not recommended. At least, not for me. I don't have the patience like I use to and I like learning from someone who knows what they are doing. I found what is now one of my favorite websites for multiple reasons... www.jessicasprague.com. She is amazing and I think she knows it all. Photoshop, Digital Scrapbooking, Photo Editing, etc. You name it, she does it. She may be my own personal hero after it's all said and done. No, I'm not stalking her... yet. 

She has tons of classes, videos and tutorials about the above mentioned. When I found the class teaching how to make subway art, I was ecstatic. I had to take this class pronto and that is exactly what I did. I paid for, downloaded and started the class on Friday. By Sunday afternoon I had made my very on subway art ALL BY MYSELF and I didn't even break up with PSE. Yay for me. Applause is welcome. I am so proud of the way it turned out and I have so many more ideas crowding my already overwhelmed brain. 

Here are a few pictures showing the final project. Enjoy. 





I get giddy every time I look at it because I made it. I took the time to learn it and do it right. This one is in an 8x10 because that is the biggest I can print from my house. I went to Shutterfly last night because I know that they will print on canvas and what do you know, they are having a sale on canvas prints until May 1. Coincidence, I think not. I will have a big one made for our foyer for all to enjoy when they come to visit us. 

I have ideas to make one for both of my boys, my Gma, friends, etc. What will be next? Wait to see very soon :)

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