Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Traveling by Sampan

We lucked out on the weather the day of this excursion - clear and warm, but not hot. 

I used one of my photos as the background, employing the Dodge tool around the photos at the bottom and the Burn tool on the greenery.  The Yangtze Explorer, our cruise ship on the Yangtze River, had a professional photographer who took lots of pictures of the passengers on the trip.  We could then each purchase a dvd containing all the photos of ourselves for about $30 US.  The photo on the right is one of hers.  I'm the one in the light hat and dark jacket.  I used the Custom Shape tool to create the arrow pointing to me.

We had to take a ferry from the Yangtze Explorer to the Shennong Stream (shown in the photo on the left).

The fonts I used are Shanghai, Myriad Pro, and my own font which I had created at Jessica Sprague.

Friday, May 17, 2013

the Great Wall of China

We really lucked out on the weather the day we visited the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass, one of the best according to several travel guides I consulted.

The background was created from one of my photos using the art history brush which is available only in the full version of Photoshop.  The technique I used came from one of the lessons in Digital Scrapper's new self-paced course, Little Known Secrets of Photoshop Tools.  There is also a Photoshop Elements version and a free mini-course.

The fonts I used are Myriad Pro and, available free at Dafont, Shanghai.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tiananmen Square

I recently returned from a trip to China.  It was a marvelous trip, and we generally experienced great weather.  The days it did rain were not days when it mattered very much.  On our first full day there we began our tour in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.  So far, I have barely had time to edit even a few of my photos, but did manage to create this page:

I used one of the Scrap It Now templates available at  Digital Scrapper and modified it to suit my photos.  I also found some great Asian themed kits at
My Memories and used Dream of the Orient by Butterfly Dsign and A Touch of Asia by Valkyrie Designs.  The fonts were Myriad Pro and, free from Dafont, Shanghai and HFF Chinese Dragon.