Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Look


What is it about changing your look that seems to change your outlook on life? Whether it's my hairstyle, a new outfit, or a new blog header, I just like to change it up every once in a while. Maybe it comes from growing up in a military family; I just need a little change once in a while for my life to be complete.

This week's change: a new blog header and background!

For those of you interested in Photoshop here's how I made the header:

First after a bit of cloning in the corner, I copied the image (a photo taken by my husband) onto a new layer.

Here's the original unaltered photo:


I changed the levels on the top layer to make the lights lighter and the darks darker. Next, I colorized the layer to make it kind of golden. Then, I changed the blending mode to "multiply." The image ended up being a little dark so I changed the bottom layer's levels and brightness to make it a little lighter.

For the distressing, I used this tutorial. It comes with supporting files that I have used over and over! They are fantastic. I did make one change to the tutorial. I kept the blending mode as "normal" and then changed the opacity instead of changing the mode to "overlay." The folds just seemed to disappear when I used "overlay."

I got the background image from some site...over the summer sometime. I'm sorry, I can't remember where. I fell in love with it and saved it, but hadn't had found the right layout to use it with until now.

1 comment:

Kacey R. said...

AAAAH! So pretty! I am SO loving the new header and layout! Great job! LOVE the pic your honey took too. I really need a lesson in Photoshop. I have it, but have NO IDEA how to use it. You can do so many cool things with it though...obviously. LOL

I love change too - I can't wait to color my hair dark again but I need to wait until Ruby Jane is a little older. I don't want to freak her out. Ha! Ha! My bedroom re-do will have to do for now. :D

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