Sunday, December 21, 2008

Creating Your Christmas Card

There is some little rascal in me that manages to come up with some outrageous last minute project. Instead of just painting and printing my Christmas card this year I tried to create a video of painting it.. I failed! My inexpensive camera and poor lighting made the task impossible! Determined not to give up I decided to create and record it in Adobe Photoshop ™. I have made slide shows before, but I never recorded my actions in Photoshop. I spent three days consumed in a maze of pixels and layers, brushes and palettes, edit and undo. The next challenge was exporting it to Windows Movie Maker ™ to make the video. I found a wonderful old Bing Crosby sound track and did my best to match the video length with the old tinny audio. I hope that you enjoy it, knowing it was created for all of you with love and wishes for a blessed Christmas and a happier and wiser New Year!.......BTW, after watching my video (yes, I left out a word in the credits), you may want to view the old Bing Crosby movie clip, if it’s still there, on YouTube :-)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Oprah’s Free Album Offer

Recently Oprah offered a free photo album at Snapfish. The deadline was two days later. I spent most of the two days trying to navigate Snapfish’s confusing site. When it was obvious that I was not going to finish in time I quit the project. The next day I went to delete my unfinished album from the site and I noticed the deadline had had been extended. Apparently I wasn’t the only one that was having trouble! I spent the next few days scanning, resizing and uploading images right up to the new deadline. When I put in my order the Oprah credit wasn’t there! I tried to contact customer service only to be told they couldn’t reply right away and the offer had ended, but they would send me 20 prints free! To say I was upset was an understatement! I posted my complaint on Oprah’s blog along with several others who had the same experience. Not to let all my week’s work go to waste I Googled the web and discovered Google has a free album and photo offer at their digital photo site Picaboo. It also has a deadline, but my images are ready to go and the Picaboo site is very easy to use. Forget Snapfish, I’m a Googler!
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