Cropping with the Pen tool

December 13, 2009

As you all know, there are many ways of  to achieve an end result. You can use the lasso tools, or marque tools to make selections in an image. One accurate way to crop/select an item in an image is to use the pen tool. As I have stated before the pen tool can be difficult at first but with a little practice is a great tool.

First open the image in photoshop.

Then select the pen tool

Begin tracing around the object with the pen tool.

Close up the pen tool selection by connecting your start location and the end location. Then right click with your mouse with the pen tool over the drawn line. Choose make selection. Radius: to 2 antialias: on and select ok.

Under select go to save selection give it a name and say ok. If you save the selection you can reload this outline in the future.

Select your marque tool and then select the refine button. The refine button allows you to control the selection a bit tighter with feathering and smoothing on the edge.

These are the basics of using the pen tool. Hope you can use this in your creations and master pieces.

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Free Creative Gift

December 9, 2009

This has been such a good year for me. Creative Graphic Art website has increased traffic from 10-15 views per month to an average of 300-400 views per month over the last year. As a thank you, I am offering a free logo design or webpage or flyer design for free no strings attached, which ever you choose. Click on the link below and fill out the form. I am looking for small business owners, hair and nail techs, Pastors, Doctors, laywers, and anyone that need to get a message out. I will notify you by email on Dec 16th. If I currently work with you feel free to put in your request, all are welcome.

The logo design is valued at $150.00
The html webpage design is valued at $100.00/page
The flyer is valued at $50.00
Again thank you for such a great year. Iam excited to show you all what I have planned for 2010.

Creative spot 10

December 4, 2009

I would like to introduce you to Lechele Jackson a photographer that captured my attention with a few shots she has taken. You can check out her work at

1. Tell us some background information, your education, what you do, how long you’ve been doing it.

Career wise, I am a legal secretary and entrepreneur. I attended Business College after graduating from high school and soon after obtaining my training certificate I became employed with a prestigious law firm in the City of Richmond.
2. What made you become a photographer?

All I can say is that my gift made room for me! Photography has always been a hobby. I was the family member or friend who always had the camera in my hand for all the special occasions. One day I was approached by the church photographer to assist with special church events and when the lead photographer left the ministry, I became the lead photographer. One day a member asked if I took portraits. My response was, “I never thought about it, but I’m willing if you are!” BAM! Thus my photography business took flight!

3. In the beginning how did you market yourself?

Marketing came by word of mouth, and people showing interest in my work. I currently market myself by offering special package deals through my Face Book Fan Page and my personal website.
4. What tools do you use, software and hardware any special camera you like?

I use Photoshop, PhotoStudio, Picasa and any other freeware that proves to be useful. I have a HP laptop computer and several external hard drives to store the tons of photos I have taken over the years. I also own studio lighting equipment with various backdrops and props. My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel, which has now become my backup camera. I love and mostly use my Canon 30D DSLR camera for all my photography. I look forward to the day I will be able to own a Canon Mark III!

5. How do you manage the business side?

 That’s the hardest part! I try to keep it as simple as possible. My husband is self-employed as well and he helps me out a lot!
6. Where and how do you get inspiration to create and generate ideas?

Wow, that’s a great question! I get inspiration through so many things,I get inspiration through so many things, people, music, the internet and mostly prayer! I have a lot of people who encourage me and inspire me to continue going forth in this challenging, yet rewarding field.
7. What is some advice you can give to people just starting out in photography that you wish you had known when you started?

I think I would share the same information that was shared with me . . . find your style! Try not to be an imitator of what is already out there but find what makes your work different and stand out from all the rest.

Lechele thank you for taking the time to share your story, insight, and a piece of your life with us. Please visit her site a take a look at her work.