Romantic Ideas and Gifts for Anniversaries

Romantic Ideas: Flowers

Its that day of the year again, the day that you and your special someone committed to each other. Couples, whether married or not, celebrate anniversaries (or monthsaries if you haven’t reached a year) to commemorate the day they finally said “Yes” to being in a committed relationship to one another. What better to bring back the overflowing feelings of love during that day than by doing or giving something romantic? I’ve been with my boyfriend for quite sometime now and I find myself freaking out when the day comes close. Romantic ideas aren’t exactly my forte, no matter how many romance novels I can read. So, I’ve made it a habit to list down any romantic ideas or gifts that I think of or come across that I feel would be perfect for the day. The result is this short guide and a few suggestions on Romantic Ideas for […] Read more »

Sharpening Photos in Photoshop with Unsharp Mask

Sharpening Photos in Photoshop with Unsharp Mask

Hello! Welcome to my tutorial on how to sharpen photos using a Photoshop filter called Unsharp Mask. The Unsharp Mask filter, also known to some as USM, is currently the Holy Grail of digitally sharpening photos during post-production. Forget sharpening your photos in Photoshop solely with Sharpen, Sharpen Edges, Smart Sharpen, and Sharpen More. Unsharp Mask is the way to go. Almost all photos (with the exception of those artsy purposely blurry ones) will benefit from the use of this filter. Seriously. Many-a-photographer consider the Unsharp Mask filter a staple in their post-production process.   WHY DO I NEED UNSHARP MASK? Many first-time photographers out there wonder why their photos don’t come out as sharp as they want when they upload them to their computers. Unlike photos manually processed with film and a dark room, the lines and colors in photos taken with a digital camera are limited to a […] Read more »

How to Make a Watermark — Watermarking your photos in Photoshop

How to Make A Watermark: Normal, Lowered Opacity vs. Soft Light

Posting images that you took or created on the internet can pose some problems to a photographer or an artist. The internet is rampant with people who have no qualms of stealing your photos and claiming it as their own, or using them for unintended purposes. That’s why many artists on the net turn to placing watermarks on their work. Watermarking your images digitally can help lessen the instances of stealing your images or images that you’ve purchased online. Best of all, it’s quite easy! TIP: Take time to think of where you place your watermarks. Usually, watermarks deter the viewers from fully appreciating the image. However, subtle and well-placed watermarking can add to the experience.   What can you use to watermark? Images. You can watermark photos using an image of your logo. I suggest getting digital copies of your logo in all black, all white, and full color. […] Read more »