Well, this year isn’t starting out exactly as planned! Since my last post:
(1) The microwave went out in the middle of heating Eggplant Parmesan (had to get a new one)
(2) We were without electricity for around 40 hours during a fierce windstorm (did a minor digital detox during, then had to empty/throw away all the food in the fridge and clean it out after power was restored)
(3) The washing machine died last week and I’ve been having to do research and, finally, purchased a washer and dryer (our last pair were bought on the same day, so the dryer could be on its way out too – they were 15-20 years old)

On the positive side:
(1) I managed to create 2 digital mixed media tags
(2) Created more “digital stencils”
(3) Finally finished the digital planner I was working on (after several retakes) – I’ve cut it down to monthly planners as the file was huge!
(4) I’m alive!!!
(5) The Iceland Poppies are still blooming (despite getting the 5h*t kicked out of them during the wind storm)

Tag 1 - Where Will You Fly
Tag 2 - Fly Higher

4 of the new digital stencils I created, minus the new ones I made after taking this screenshot.

Digital Stencils

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  1. Aixa

    I bought Pixelmator Photo for my iPad but I was so disappointed with it. It was just so basic.

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    • Debbie Scott

      Maybe you should watch the video, Aixa. There is much that you can do to process a photo, raw or jpg. Aside from the machine learning fixer upper (1st icon on the right hand side), there are also presets (of which you can adjust to your liking) and/or a whole list of goodies to adjust (the 4th icon). The band aid removed objects from your photo – I was impressed with all the examples Elaine showed in the video

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      • Aixa

        I just watched it and yes, it does more than I thought, but I still prefer Snapseed and Photofox. The band aid tool is okay, but I can use Retouch on the iPad. I really like Photofox because maybe I want to darken just a portion of the photo, but it’s much more expensive.

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        • Debbie Scott

          Haven’t heard of Photofox. I’m playing around with the retouch tool in PP on a photo I took in Thailand back in 2010, and it’s doing a really good job at removing distractions. Snapseed keeps crashing on my 256GB iPad Pro when playing around with Retrolux and grunge, especially when masking to apply those looks to only a portion of a photo. For working with layers I’m sticking with Affinity Photo for iPad.

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          • Aixa

            I think I like Photofox because when I started photo editing, I watched all of their YouTube videos. It was called Enlight back then.

            The funny thing with the iPad is that sometimes these apps just don’t want to work and there’s nothing you can do. I tried Affinity Photo but it was too much for me to learn.

          • Debbie Scott

            I have the original Enlight app, but had forgotten that Photofox was their upgraded app. Affinity Photo is much like Photoshop…lots of bells an whistles and can be intimidating for newbies. I went with it because I was tired of the Adobe subscription model.

          • Aixa

            Affinity Photo was definitely intimidating. This is fun to talk about editing tools. I know the feeling about subscriptions.

          • Debbie Scott

            I’m enjoying talking about editing tools, I like using my laptop for editing photos, but sometimes sitting on the couch with a tablet and editing photos is more relaxing.

  2. pattimoed

    Beautiful shot in b & w, Debbie.

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    • Debbie Scott

      Thank you, Patti.

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