A-to-Z Challenge: Y is for YouTube and Photoshop

Grehan here. Better late than later, has been my Spring motto.Digital Artist with a cherry on top. A Photoshop mashup for April's A-to-Z post celebrating YouTube tutorials.

This post celebrates the greatest invention of the 20th Century.

YouTube. 

Formal education is so old school. With YouTube, an X-acto knife, and a bottle of Jameson, we can now perform our own appendectomies. Is this a great time to be alive, or what. In addition to dash cam videos and Carpool Karaokes, I’ve amassed an impressive viewing history of Photoshop tutorials. To show my appreciation to the contributors (and because I needed a Y-post) I’m showcasing several tutorials which I found useful during April’s challenge.

I use Photoshop Elements 15 which is the hobbyist’s version of Adobe’s graphics editor. I’ve learned to ignore demonstrations which use the professional version. Invariably, a feature is employed which is not available in Elements.

Five Photoshop Tutorials for impatient, wannabe digital artists, like yours truly.

#1. With a magic eraser I’m a force to be reckoned with. I learned a lot about removing backgrounds in this tutorial. Best new tip: straight-line erasing. A game changer.

#2. I consulted this video when creating the wrinkled effect for the image in my Quiz post. Little did Darlenescraps realize that her “spiffy little trick,” recorded 9 years ago, would find its way into my blog.

#3. Perspective control. Gets the job done. Fast forward to the meaty bits.

#4. I referred to this tutorial to get the raised effect on my Interrobang Mystery cover. Coffee up and FF through the narrator’s tranquilizing voice.

#5. Here’s an offering by InfoPuppet. My kind of human. One of these days I’ll have a reason to post my head in a snow globe, and then, won’t this video come in handy.

Bonus WordPress tutorial. The instructor, Kori Ashton, demonstrates how to create anchor tags and anchor links. Kori posts weekly WordPress how-to’s. I like her no-nonsense style. I’ll be tuning in for more.

Coming soon, an X-post and my A-to-Z Reflections.

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A-to-Z Challenge: Z is for Puzzle

Writing bliss. And writing risks. The Fool has it covered. The flowered Z is by artist tr3gi on canstock. CV Grehan here. 

My X and Y posts are still simmering on the stove. I put them aside to focus on the Challenge’s Grand Finale Day.

Z-Day!

Entering this month, I had planned to write more and doodle less but, five days into the challenge, a bolt shot out of the sky. Despite the plot twist, I did accomplish my primary goal for this challenge: I met many talented, generous and inspiring writers. Thank you for your hard work.

I finish the month with a doodle. A summary of my A-to-Z posts in the form of a game. I call it a ‘puzzle’ but it’s not tricky. The background image is fitting for the April I’m leaving behind, and for May which feels so hopeful.

Crossword puzzle doodle based on April posts. Writing humor. Background image is by firewings on canstock.

I’ve used The Fool image, in various forms, many times during the challenge. Once again, credit goes to artist Xochicalco. You can license the image at canstockphoto#csp6440045.

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For the solution to the puzzle, scroll down …

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You’re not really doing the puzzle, are you?

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I can’t believe you’re still scrolling.

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Time Better Spent

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The solution:

Across:

2) Power, 5) Blogroll, 6) Scifi, 7) Writerdearest, 9) Spellchecking, 11) Fantasy, 13) RIP, 19) ImPagination, 20) DaBait, 21) Sock, 22) Bio.

Down:

1) Memoir, 3) Horror, 4) WomensFiction, 6) Suspense, 8) Interrobang, 10) Mashups, 12) Typos, 14) FengShui, 15) Western, 16) Epigraph, 17) Dogged, 18) Haiku.

Thanks for playing! To show my appreciation, I will write the names of all players on the wings of captive mayflies and release them into the wild. Granted, mayflies don’t live more than 24-hours, but this will require a considerable amount of work on my part.

Happy Spring!

 

A-to-Z Challenge: V is for Visit

I am humbled by the talent, skill and plain hard work brought to this month’s challenge. Sure, I had a lousy April but life happens, and I didn’t prep. I appreciate your dropping by to check on my post, but now look to the column on the left.

<– Look to my A-to-Z blogroll.

Graze in lush green fields!

You will not be disappointed.

 

Copyright © CV Grehan

A-to-Z Theme Reveal

My depiction of Algo, from my Sci-Fi short story, KNOW ME. Background image is by artist 4774344sean at canstockphoto. Dog and shadow by CV Grehan.2018 marks the 9th annual A-to-Z Blog Challenge, and my 1st year of participation. Having deployed a freshly minted website, I was excited to learn of this April event. Talk about auspicious timing! The Challenge provides an excuse to tinker and, better yet, to meander around the internet community. Hence my website’s avatar, The Fool. (Provided for your convenience in this post.)

csp6440045 uploaded by Xochicalco on canstock paid image
The Fool

I connected with The Fool on first sight. The sun. The dog. The sack on a stick. Am I coming or going? Doesn’t matter. I’m carrying a modicum of supplies. Tools, or words, or perhaps Milk-Bones. (I’ve noticed the sack is lumpy.) My dog is game for the journey. He’s willing to follow me off a metaphoric cliff. Wherever we land, we’ll be together. And we’ll have a tan.

But, forget The Fool for now. This post is about my A-to-Z theme.

Several writing projects are demanding my time, which is often the case. I know it will be impossible to write and edit 26 coherent, useful, riveting blog posts within the space of a month. However, I like to doodle and tinker while reflecting on my works-in-progress. Take, as a sneak peek, this post’s featured image. It’s a mash-up of a canstock jpeg and a dog silhouette which I picasso’d in Photoshop. (I’m especially proud of the shadow.) My April posts will feature similar mash-ups. Officially, the theme is:

Mock book covers, doodles and assorted procrastinations.
Vaguely, a writing motif.

Coherent, useful, riveting? I can’t promise my A-to-Z content will boast any of those favorables. What I do promise is you’ll invest only a smidgen of time in the viewing and, by doing so, I’ll find your site, if I haven’t already.

May our hovercrafts rendezvous in the Blogiverse.
Dogspeed.

 

More about the digital dog image.