Update: New Tumblr ♥

You may or may not have realized that I recently made a tumblr blog (check out the link in the sidebar). My main purpose for the blog is to give ya’ll a daily dose of Photography favorites along with some inspiring quotes to make up for the lack of posts I put on this one haha. Pretty much I will still be writing on this blog every week as often as possible about a wide variety of things but for those of you interested more in photography, fashion, and easy to read tid-bits I will be posting about 5-7 photos and quotes everyday here. The reason I chose tumblr is because it’s simple, easy to post to, and it doesn’t require much thought for me to just post a photo I just found.

I hope ya’ll will keep checking in on this blog as I will continue to post more and more on things like books, movies, fashion, writing, and even some photography.

I’ll be posting more soon and remember to check out my tumblr.

-Lydia ♥

Graphics Favorite: PicMonkey ♥

So as y’all may or may not know I love designing graphics and novel covers. Well I always have my favorites and today I am writing about my favorite image editing website, PicMonkey. Now, I will admit that PicMonkey is not my absolute favorite for image editing but ever since Picnik closed down their site I have been using this one. It serves all the purposes graphic artists need and it has some pretty cool features.

The first stop on our little tour of pic monkey is the place where you actually do the image editing. There are of course three sample images they give you to optionally edit, but I always use my own. When you go in to edit your picture it can be a little confusing as to where certain options are but once you get the hang of it you’ll like the program. The first screen you will come to once you choose the picture you want to edit will be one with your picture on the right and effects buttons on the left.

The above is what I will refer to as the “task bar” since I am too lazy to see if it has an actual name 😉 My two favorite and most used features on the site are the ones I circled above. The “Touch Up” feature is circled in red and the “Text” feature is obviously the one circled in blue. These are my two favorite features because, 1. They are easy to use, and 2. They are just plain awesome.

I like using the touch up feature when I want to do things with photos of myself. Say I wake up early in the morning and have a sudden urge to take a picture of my messy face (not likely). Well I would use the touch up feature to cover any acne, blotchiness, whiten my teeth, and take the bags out from under my eyes. You may be a little worried that all those tasks will be difficult for you but it’s so easy a monkey could do it (Maybe that’s why they call it PicMonkey?). A side comment on the acne coverup is that I don’t think their blemish fixer works THAT well so instead I use the wrinkle remover tool. It may sound weird but once you get the hang of it, it works like a charm.

The text feature is the one I use most when designing covers for my own pieces of writing or for people who request them via my figment page. Though the selection of fonts is very limited compared to Picnik, I still think they have a good variety for a majority of projects you might be handling with this program.

So…that was my little review on a very cool image editing website. I hope you all check out my little nerd heaven and I hope to see you soon!

-Lydia ♥

Favorite Photos: My month in photos ♥

So I thought something cool to do at the end of each month is sum up my month by showing you all my favorite photos I collected over the course of the month:

Accessories Are an Outfits Best Friend:

I love all the accessorizing going on in this photo. Fedoras are always a plus and I think they will still be the go to hat even in the summer. This photo also shows good use of the technique of layering. In the Spring I love to layer because you never know what the weather might turn into during the day, and the layering of jewelry gives a boring t-shirt some extra pizzazz. (http://weheartit.com/entry/27475607)

Cutest Couple ♥

This whole month has been quite the adventure with getting back together with my boyfriend, facing drama at school, and finishing up my classes at the local college all at once. I like this picture because the whole time I was going through all of this I was still floating on cloud nine because of my wonderful boyfriend Alex 🙂 (http://weheartit.com/entry/20009930/)

Short And Sweet Quote

I like this quote cause it’s short, sweet, and totally true haha (http://weheartit.com/entry/27243934/)

Funny Quote

SO many times this month have I referred the idiots in my life to this quote…mentally of course haha 😉 (http://weheartit.com/entry/26652764)

Wonderland

Everything about this post is so whimsical! I love it! Her hair, her dress, her pose, and the scene just make this photo one of my favorites of the month. (http://weheartit.com/entry/27250643)

Favorite Summer Fashion Trend

I can’t wait to try out the rompers trend we will be seeing this summer. I think I like this romper the best because of its modern yet vintage feel, and come on her sunglasses, clutch, and belt really make this outfit even more to die for. (http://weheartit.com/entry/25282069/)

-Lydia ♥