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I’m loving the cover image on the new Serena & Lily catalog.  The pinks, browns, and orange with a splash
of green … and here they are again on the cover of the Mark Rothko book I’ve been coveting.  Coincidence?

If you like putting palettes together, check out Color Lovers or the Kuler function in Photoshop
(Window > Extensions > Kuler).

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{Left Image: Serena & Lily, Right Image: Anthropologie}
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Need a creative gift idea?  This is a Polaroid camera I created out of corkboard pieces.  I got the idea from
Anthropologie display coordinator Ruthi Auda.  A few pieces of cork, an exacto knife, super glue, and
you are all set!  Luckily I have a nice stockpile of Polaroids, but if you need to create one,
give these actions a try.

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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Making the ordinary extraordinary!  Check out these amazing installation pieces by German artist
Heike Weber.  The entire floor was drawn with a permanent marker.  See more of her pieces here.

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{Image: Raimo Rudi Rumpler via  Heike Weber}
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A great way to create selective focus without using the blur tools is to shoot the same image with
different amounts of focus, then mask the layers to create the effect you are looking for.
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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photography


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Between now and June 5th, amazing client and one of my favorite places to shop Diani Boutique will be
collecting donations of men’s, women’s, and children’s new or gently worn flat shoes for the Soles 4 Souls
organization. Soles 4 Souls distributes shoes to people in need in over 127 countries. If you are not in the
Santa Barbara area you can find a drop-off location here.
(Be sure to check out the new Isabel Marant shipment at Diani when you make your drop-off!)
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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I’m a big believer that the environment you create in is an important element in the creative process, so I’m
always curious to see how other creative people work, especially those I admire.  This is the workspace of
one of my favorite designers Isabel Marant.   Her studio mirrors her relaxed, sexy, artistic pieces beautifully!

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{Left Image: Isabel Marant, Right Image: via Backyard Bill for elle uk}
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Maintaining texture while skin retouching is incredibly important.  Here are a few tips to help keep
that texture:
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1. Treat your brush strokes as if you were painting, not clicking.
2. Dodge and burn to even out tone, remember there is usually a light and dark side to every imperfection.
3. Color is just as important, I like to paint with the skintone color on the soft light blend mode.
4. Bring back a little texture by adding noise to the affected areas.  Make sure to blur that noise slightly.
5. Be patient and keep practicing:) This is a skill that takes time to develop.

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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photography


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Sun, surf, and sand.  It’s a beautiful Santa Barbara day!

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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Use this when you need to copy a layer mask from one layer to another.
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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Featured on Bump Smitten today, images from my amazing and talented friend Meg Fish’s baby shower.
I also had so much fun designing and hosting this shower.  Meg and I share the same birthday as well as
a love for all things white and beautiful.  See some of Meg’s gorgeous work here and the darling Ella.

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

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Case in point… I’ve been working on some new promotional materials for Christy Schuler Studio and
wanted  to use strawberry and raspberry macaroons for this shot, but could only find coffee and
chocolate (light brown and an even uglier dark brown)
Nothing a little hue adjustment couldn’t fix…  Voila!  Strawberry and raspberry macaroons.

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}


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One of my favorite things about Adobe Photoshop is that you never really stop learning the program.  It
was comforting to hear an architect at Adobe recently say that at some point he has heard everyone
(including Thomas Knoll) say “I didn’t know you could do that.”  So even the people building the program
learn new things.  Just a little something to remember if you ever feel overwhelmed.
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Check out a few behind the scenes shots of the making of this image.  So creative!
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{Image: Anton Ismael}


Jose Villa’s much anticipated Fine Art Wedding Photograpy book ships today!  I can never say enough good
things about Jose both as an artist and as a person.  Truly someone who deserves all the success coming
to him.  Order yours here.
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{Image: Jose Villa}


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There is never a lack of inspiration in Elle Decor.  This home featured in the February/March issue  (shot
by the amazing Simon Upton) literally took my breath away.  It is indeed a home for someone living the life
of a “high-style nomad.”  The decor, the photography, the colors . . beautiful!
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A nice way to boost the colors in an image subtly is to add “vibrance”.  Because it is a non-linear adjustment,
it will affect the more saturated colors first, leaving the less saturated colors alone.
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{Image: Simon Upton for Elle Decor}

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I love the look of windswept hair, but it’s sidekick “the flyaway” I could do without.  Retouching flyaways
can be extremely tedious and anyone who’s done it can attest to that.  Those few seconds moving the
hair in camera can save so much time and money.  However, if you do find yourself removing a flyaway,
a nice tip is to set the clone stamp tool to the darken blend mode.  For those of us living in the real world,
this is also a great flyaway tamer.
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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I’m a little behind in discovering this white limited edition Leica M8, but at $8500, it’s probably for the best.
Although the camera came out in 2009, there are still a few floating around for purchase.  There is currently
a Hermes edition limited to 200 cameras for $12,000.
Unfortunately this falls in the ”want” more than the “need” category, but a girl can dream!

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{Image: freshnessmag.com}

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Photoshop toolbar keyboard shortcuts spelled out beautifully

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

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There is something very tragic yet incredibly beautiful with this corrupt file. Just another reminder there
can be beauty in even the most unfortunate situations.
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dp Bestflow has some great tips on preventing the occurrence of this tragic beauty.

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

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Yesterday PANTONE announced its 2011 Color of the Year: PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle.  The color
was chosen for its “uplifting qualities.”  Versions of this color was seen in a number of the Spring 2011
collections.  Pantone tracks trends in color so get ready to start seeing this color everywhere
from fashion and textiles to home and product design.
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RGB Values: R 203  G 101  B  134

CMYK Values: C 0  M 86  Y 16 K 0

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(Left Image: Michael Kors via style.com, Right Image: Francesco Lagnese, via House Beautiful)

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}