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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Exercises for tired hands?
« on: March 25, 2015, 10:08:28 AM »
I use a pneumatic chair I purchased at Staples.  It's not really the best ergonomic chair, I also prop a pillow behind my back.  I'm sure the most comfortable would be the most expensive and it would be worth it.  Wouldn't recommend a stool, ouch on the bum.  :)

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Exercises for tired hands?
« on: March 25, 2015, 08:05:10 AM »
Check out this video by Harvest Crittenden http://www.acornarts.org/videos.html

Paperinkarts.com used to sell a weighted backpack that pulled your shoulders down to help you sit up straight.  I never tried it and I don't see it for sale anymore, so maybe it wasn't good?  Maybe someone else here has one and can let us know.

I do the same thing. I know all the rules, but it's a practice of staying mindful to them, not always easy.

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Flourishing / Re: Peacemaker inspired flourished revolver
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:18:46 PM »
Wow!  Very cool!  GREAT job!!

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Writing Surface - padded? and what about slope?
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:03:10 AM »
Hi Carey,

I'm pretty sure the suggested protocol is padding and working on a slant.  My work area is just like yours - glass with a light table underneath, so, I never understood the padding because then you can't see the line guides (which I need).  So, I don't use padding.
I can work on a slant or flat, but find I'm most comfortable flat.  Sometimes if I have a lot of work to do I find working on a slant eases stress on my neck.

So though I try suggested things, it sometimes comes down to what's best for you writing wise and comfort wise.
I still don't even hold my pen right, so I probably shouldn't even be posting.   :-\

Lynda

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:45:23 PM »
Wow, really great video, thank you Erica.  I re-did my monogram per your instructions and I think I got it!  Only question I have is......
I plugged in the size I needed and dpi first thing using the Image box.  Then when I brought my design into it I used "transform" to fit it into the area.  Does it matter if you size it first like that or should you do it at the end as you did, using the crop tool?

Also, if I completed everything and then decide I want it to be a different size - do I just go to the image box and plug in the new size?
Or does that distort things?

Many thanks,
Lynda

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 19, 2014, 08:10:59 AM »
Hi Erica,

Thanks for responding.  Good info on how to color each letter, thanks! 

On the one I posted, I did scan it at 300 dpi.  I'm trying to make a small circle sticker.  Document trim size is 1.50" x 1.50".

I did not use the paint bucket.  I used color overlay for every color. 

From what you said, I think I may have made the threshold too high.  I put it up to 200.  I saved as a PSD because the site I sent it to said that would be best.

I made the size 510 pixels because the site said that was the full bleed size.

Attached is the original scan.

So is there anyway that I can make the finished piece crisper?  Or must I start over?

Thanks,
Lynda


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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Dasherie
« on: August 18, 2014, 05:32:00 PM »
Got my copy in PA on Saturday!  What a beautiful presentation!  Haven't gotten thru the whole mag yet as it has to be a sacred moment of quietness, making a cup of tea, and being comfy.  Thank you Erica and everyone that shared their talent, what an inspiration to keep going!
And thanks for the cellophane cover so it can stay pristine.  My husband wanted to look at it - I told him do NOT bend it, do NOT get dirt on it, do NOT get finger prints on it.  I think he was afraid to touch it after that.   :)

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 14, 2014, 04:11:03 PM »
Here it is!  This time I made sure to size my image and put the dpi in first thing and not adjust anything after that.  I did a threshold, but still, when I submit it to the printing site it doesn't seem to look crisp.  I don't get it. 

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 14, 2014, 03:36:39 PM »
I just figured it out -- you need to have "contiguous" checked when in the paint bucket mode.  Whew.  I'm learning a lesson besides Photoshop here......if you don't keep doing something daily, it only makes things harder.  This was simple, but it took me hours to figure out.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!  Again, many thanks!

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 14, 2014, 02:05:44 PM »
Omg, I don't know why I started this......so the first time I did this monogram I was able to fill in the center flower I had drawn in black, with the paint bucket - each color stayed nicely within the black lines. I was amazed it knew how to color in.  Now that I had to start over and I'm trying to do this again, it won't do it!  ??  It must somehow be attached to the background because when I use the paint bucket this time, it fills in the whole background too.  I have the flower on its own layer - when I shut the eye off, only the flower disappears, the background color stays the same - so it doesn't "seem" attached.  ???  Any idea what I'm talking about?

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:07:46 PM »
Ohhhhh, that's what I did Linda Y.  I changed the size.  Now I have to start all over, ahhhhh.  Thank you so, so much for your assistance!
Lynda with a Y  (lol)

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:41:33 AM »
I'm back.....I really have been trying to not bother anyone here, but I'm pulling my hair out.  Still working on a monogram that I wanted to submit to a website to have stickers made.  They say it should be 300dpi and it is.  But when I take it from my file to the site, the letters look blurry.  There are only so many things you can change in "image size" in Photoshop.  I tried adjusting the size a few times.  I'm wondering if manipulating it so many times is what made my lines blurry.  It looks fine in PS until I enlarge it, then it gets blurry.  So I guess I'm wondering, is there a way to sharpen my image AFTER I've already done a threshold and colorized it?
THANK YOU

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:17:39 PM »
If I'm doing it right, that's a lot of clicking to get it smooth around the curves of the letters.  Now that I know this, I think from now on I'll ink it in color first.  This project isn't real important, so it's now going to be done in ONE color instead.

Thank you all for your help ~ I'd still be wasting time trying to figure it out on my own, now I can move on.
Lynda

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Digital Design / Re: Applying more than one color
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:30:54 AM »
Thank you both, this worked perfectly on disconnected pieces, but, I think I'm expecting too much out of the program......I scanned a monogram where the letters are intertwined so I can't lasso or magic wand just one letter without picking up the others.  So is the answer to scan each letter individually and build the monogram in Photoshop?  I'm hoping there's another way because I spent time getting the monogram to work on paper.  Maybe I could trace each letter and scan individually? (thinking out loud).

Thanks much,
Lynda

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