My Favorite Online Photo Editor: Pixlr

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Today, I wanted to talk about my newly found online photo editor that I am absolutely in love with! It’s called Pixlr on Pixlr.com and is great because it can do basic photo editing and image creation as if you were using Photoshop. It is *FREE* so it isn’t as advanced as P.S., but if you are just looking to brighten up your photos or add text to them, like me, you’d be impressed at just how far this program goes. There isn’t any need to sign up for the service so it makes it very quick & easy to use since it allows you to quickly go to work & then save your images directly to your computer. In the image above you can see that there are three different Pixlr programs that you can use.

- EDITOR is the program you want to use if you want something similar to Photoshop. It allows you to create images using layers, drawing tools, and has different effects that you can apply. Definitely a great one for when you want to add text to any photos for your blog posts or want to create link buttons for your site.

- EXPRESS is the one that I have been using the most in the past couple of days. This one is a tad bit simpler than the EDITOR program since it has the basic tools that allow you to change your photos easily. They have set effects that edit the photos perfectly to whatever style you desire. I personally love this one since I have been needing something like this to edit my photos. With the photography techniques that I have been using for product photos, they come out a tad bit lighter than I want so all I do is upload it into this program, use the brighten tool, & then I’m done.

- OMATIC: I have only used this one once, but this program is the more simpler program of the two. It’s basically for use if you want a retro effect for your photos. It doesn’t have any editing features, but it’s a great one if you are into this style of design.

If you haven’t checked out Pixlr before, I highly recommend it! I do have to warn you it’s very addicting when you have time to mess with photos. Oh, & did I mention the Omatic & Express programs are available for mobile? :)

DIY Light Box vs. Natural Light

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Here is a new photo that I took yesterday in order to give this particular piece of jewelry a better look than just being set against a plain white background. This time around I didn’t use a light box, but I instead utilized the natural light that was coming through the main room’s windows. I wanted to add a simple background the my photos, so I included my favorite book by Napoleon Hill on top of a large piece of white poster paper. I just set the items on the pool table & started my little photoshoot. I took a little under 50 pictures with three different products, but because the simple lighting worked so well it definitely went by a lot faster than when I used my previous project. All in all, I’m quite excited to use this simpler method and would highly recommend using natural light. Also, if you check out my previous post from the other day, it shows another example of a photo that I was able to take. :)

To be specific, here are a few reasons why:

1. Less Effort With Better Results

I created a light box about a couple weeks ago out of cardboard, white cloth, packaging tape, and two lamps. It took me about two hours to make, and I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t completely content since it wasn’t the most stable thing I have ever made. I tried my best at making sure I could use it multiple times, but unfortunately after the first night of pictures it was already time to trash it. So, on to my first reason… I do not like to waste time on problems that I believe could be fixed with simple methods, & this is why I love the use of natural light. All I had to do is lay down my poster paper to where it got the best lighting and voila! I had better lighting than my previous project. I do have to give you a warning though, I only tried using the light box once so I really don’t have room to criticize, but this is just my opinion and my preference since I am not exactly motivated to make another one.

2. Space Saver

I’m sure this is easy for you to figure out without me pointing it out, but having to not worry about where to store the light box is a huge plus for me. Although, I’ve seen various versions where you can make them collapsable or into pieces that can be taken apart, that is not to my liking since all I did was pull out some poster paper and instantly had my own version of a lightbox.

3. Better Results

And here is the main reason, apart from having to do absolutely nothing to create my “light box,” that I love this method. I can’t explain to you how I got better results since I am a beginner photographer that only uses automated settings, but I can definitely show you! Here are a few photos that I took with my photobox. As you can see, they aren’t pictures that I would be proud of. At first I thought some of them were great, but than I immediately regretted it as soon as I started thinking about how they could be better. Hopefully, with this article you will consider using natural light, and thank you for reading my crazy little article on why I love this new found method of mine.

If you have any tips, comments, or advice please do feel free to comment below! I’m always open to ideas that will help me improve my photos! 

♥ Cassandra

P.S. I admit that I am more than likely going to have another try for the photobox project, especially when we start to have our days of no daylight, but until then… I will use my favorite little method that I found while Pinterest-ing.

My First Pair of Earrings

ImageSo, I finally made my first pair of earrings and I am quite happy with them! They are made out of vintage pieces that I was going to use for my own personal crafts, but started messing with ideas for them this past weekend and came up with a simple idea of using them for earrings. I haven’t listed them on my shop site yet, but they will be up tomorrow morning! Enjoy!

♥ Cassandra

My First Sale on Etsy.com!!

So, I forgot to mention that today was the day of my first official sale through my Etsy store!!! I had to do a double take when I received the email, but oh, was I jumping about and dancing with excitement! I never thought it would be so much fun, but my little passion of creating things is helping me get through the cold and gloomy weather that Alaska is starting to have. :)

The most fascinating thing about my first sale is that it’s through a person that lives in the most populated city in Alaska, but I don’t believe I know her. An odd thing to say, but this person doesn’t know how grateful I am for their order. Hopefully all my efforts continue to get even more exciting from here on out. Wish me luck! :)

<3 Cassandra

15 Minute Halloween Decor

So, I’m a tad bit late on this post, but here it goes! :)

For Halloween we bought a few things to make the front stairs a little more inviting for the Trick-or-Treaters. If you don’t know from the previous post, we didn’t get a single person to come knockin’ on our door. It was definitely a different experience for me since I’m used to a bunch of little ones running around, but I’m sure next year will be better.

Kyle & I were late on putting the decorations up, 3:00 PM on Halloween to be exact, because we love to procrastinate, lol. Luckily it only took us about fifteen minutes to put the little pumpkin man together, the skeleton lights, and the spider webs with the abnormally huge fake spider hanging out. I think the lot of decorations cost us about $38 dollars? This total did not include the pumpkin head figure since it was a bunch of Kyle’s clothes and Kyle’s Mom, Alice’s, pumpkin decor. :)

It doesn’t look like much, but for a fifteen minute run we were pretty content with how a little effort went a long way. Next year will definitely be a blast. Hopefully the next time around we will have a house in town instead of ten minutes from “downtown.”

<3 Cassandra

Halloween Makeup: Broken Doll

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Tonight I did a simple Halloween look in order to not scare any little ones, but unfortunately I believe tonight was a bust, lol. It’s currently 7:16 PM here in Alaska & we haven’t seen a single person. Usually kids are knocking on the door by 5 o’clock so I have a feeling this is going to be one of those years where we will be hanging out playing video games. Luckily, I don’t mind nights like this. Hopefully next year, Kyle & I will have a place in town and we will have better luck.

If you check out the sidebar “Instagram” section, you will see that I made an attempt to create a skull look last week. I’m not the best, but I just wanted to try it out. :)

Happy Halloween!!

Pumpkin decor from JossandMain.com.

Pumpkin decor from JossandMain.com.

Tonight, my brother, Kyle, & I will be passing out candy for all the Trick-or-Treaters. I will be doing my makeup and dressing up as a somewhat demonic porcelain doll. I’ll be using a ton of my normal and theatrical makeup with some added effect with fake lashes and a red contact. It won’t be too crazy, but I’m still excited for playing dress up myself. Kyle bought some sclera contacts that make his entire eyes appear as if they are all black. So, it should be interesting to see how the children will react to them. Hopefully no one cries when they see us! We aren’t quite sure how many little ones will drop by, but if anything we are still happy to just participate. :)

I hope everyone has a great night & please remember to be safe! I watched quite a few Halloween horror movies so I am still a bit paranoid, lol.