It’s not the celebration that matters- it’s the ending!
NEXT WEEK’S THEME IS STRAWBERRIES
I’m super excited to announce a Blurb Book Giveaway!
You might have read my post about designing and ordering a Creative Self-Portraiture photo book from Blurb. It’s been my favorite photo book service for a few years now. I love their quality, their paper and their design process. I had ordered books from other printing services before and they always ended up being flimsy thin books with the same quality as my photo printer can produce.Blurb is different! It has different type of paper depending on your budget and taste. You can even go to the super professional line of paper they recently introduced. Their new updated Booksmart software and incredibly easy to use to design book and their prices are THE BEST! So this week I will be giving away a $75 Blurb book. You’re free to design it however you want with any features you want. For 75 dollars you can order a 300 page standard landscape softcover book with shipping or 240 page hardcover book with Standard quality paper and shipping. If you want to go SUPER PRO with paper quality, you’ll still get a 120 page hardcover book and shipping for $75.
Basically, you’ll get whatever book you want, and if that’s not enough you always have the option to pay the difference.
So here what you need to enter this giveaway:
RULESMandatory Entry: 1. Subscribe to Selfie Magic (see FOLLOW ME at the top of the sidebar) Then go to BLURB website and pick out the type of book you’d make (size, hardcover/softcover,type of paper) and what it’ll be about and write a comment detailing that. (leave only one comment for both actions, don’t forget to include your name and email address) For extra entries, you can: 2. Write a blog post about this giveaway with a link to it 3. Tweet about it with a link 4. Write on facebook about the giveaway with a link 5. Like my Selfie Magic Facebook page Please write a separate comment for each action for it to count as an entry. Remember to include your name and email address when commenting, so that I could contact you if you win.
A random winner will be picked next Wednesday, July 13th.
NEXT WEEK’S THEME: CELEBRATION
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Before I go into today’s tutorial, I’d like to feature one of the submissions from the PERFECTION challenge. As usual, I loved every single photo of every single participant this week. I loved the submissions that said “I’m perfect the way I am, I don’t need to be changing myself”, I loved he submissions that said:”I don’t think I am perfect and it’s something I struggle with and therefore I won’t make any changes to my photos”, I loved the ones that made minor adjustments and the ones that went further. Honestly, that’s what is amazing about challenge like that- everyone is different.But I’d like to bring to your attention Shalay’s submission. I think she completely understood the whole point of the “PERFECTION” tutorial. It wasn’t to change yourself, it wasn’t to make yourself feel better about your body, it wasn’t to misrepresent yourself in pictures. It was to learn how to take a bad picture due to a wrong angle, or wrong lighting, or simply a bad hair day and turn it into something that you can look at and say “Oh I like that one!” If you go to her post, you will see that she adjusted her hip that was sticking out in a weird way. I think the photo looks 100% better, and it’s still her, with her hips, but without the awkward pose! And looking at the edited photo, you’d never guess that she altered herself, because that’s how she looks normally!
Welcome to Week 19 of Selfie Saturdays.
If you’re new here, read what this is all about. If you missed last 16 weeks of challenges and tutorials, here is what we learned:
Week 2: Basic Full Body Shot Week 3: Couple’s Selfies Week 4: Arm’s Length Selfie Week 5: Conceptual Selfies Week 6: Me Myself and I: Multiplicity Week 7: Portrait Selfie + Squinty Model Eyes Week 8: Self-Love Week 9: Focus Week 10: My friend, the FAN Week 11: Magic Tricks Week 12: Jump Shots Week 13: Family Portrait Week 14: Collaborations Week 15: Stop Motion Photography Week 16: Me then, me now Week 17: Anonymous Week 18: Perfection
This week’s topic is Animated GIFs
I know a lot of you have wondered how to make these fun animated gifs. Some people use services like GICKR, or sharewares dedicated specifically to animated gifs. But the problem is most of those resources put an ugly and annoying logo on your gif ( see gif below). So if you’d like to know how to make an animated gif fast and easy in Photoshop, read up!
Now, I spent a few years working on animated gifs manually, adding each photo layer by layer, which can get very very tiring and frustrating, until literally a few weeks ago, I said “Enough is enough!”. There’s gotta be a way to load all the photos into the same file as layers. After a lot of searching online, I finally found a solution and it’s as easy as I expected it to be. So now you get the benefit of not spending hours of your time messing around with each layer of the animated gif. I’ll accept thank yous later Step 1: First you need a series of consecutive shots, of course Step 2: Make sure they’re all edited and ready to go, named in the same order that they need to appear Step 3:Open Photoshop, FILE->SCRIPTS->LOAD FILES INTO STACK ( Do not click automatically align, it will actually screw up the alignment) Step 4: Now that all your photos are in one file as layers, you need to reveal the Animation toolbar (Window->Animation) Step 5: In the top right hand corner of the Animation Bar, you’ll find a little menu, and when you click on it, select Make frames from Layers Step 6: Now that all your layers are loaded as frames into your animation, select all the layers and pick the interval. Usually 0.2 or 0.5 work fine, but you can adjust it from there and even make it custom. Step 7:Hit the play button on the Animation bar to preview your Gif. Step 8:If everything looks good (remember to resize the image), go to FILE->SAVE FOR WEB & DEVICES and choose the 2UP preview screen Step 9:Select Gif, Perceptual, Noise ( or play around with those settings to find those that fit your style, but make sure to always pick a GIF) and hit save. Now you have a perfect animated gif ( remember you can only preview it in an Internet browser). I have found so many uses for animations like that. Some of the funnest memories of my life are in the animated format, so I hope this tutorial will give you a few of those too. So it makes sense to make this week’s theme ANIMATIONS and it does’t have to be taken by you, but preferably OF you ( that’s the point of Selfie Saturday, isn’t it?). So you can set the tripod up, set the settings and ask someone else to press the button to create a continuous motion.
Here’re some of my previous animations for inspiration.These were, obviously, made before I had the patience to add layers by hand and was ok with using a trial version of some gif making program.