Sunday, November 10, 2013


I am sure you all remember, from this summer the pretty flowers my friend Mary @mydogsmygardenandmary brought over in the pretty aqua mason jar (you all know how wonderful the reproduced color is) they are so beautiful.....♥
This post is all about playing with your pictures,  one of my favorite things to do...I download all my pictures into Picasa...after that, I love to darken, lighten,crop and just play around with the settings, from one extreme to the other....♥experiment with texture and shadows...
You have to admit, these are the prettiest pictures....someone ask me how do you change the pictures....if you double click on the picture you want to alter in Picasa....there is a whole section that pops up to the left and you just begin to try different looks...I just pick one of the items and slide the bar all the way to the maximum just to see what happens...I am always amazed at what you can every now and then I start trying out something new ....
  As you can see, today I was playing with borders and watermark fonts adding  all different colors.....different widths and fun textures...This sure isn't one of those winter posts of chile weather and warm coats...well...some days you just gotta have some sunshine and pretty flowers and in Southern California we have lots of both.....
Of course I do realize that so many of you are  experts with Photo shop and are expert photographers, I sure wish I was, but alas this is easy and so user friendly for those of us with lesser skills...and to you skilled professionals this must seem to silly and amateur, to you, you can just look at the pretty roses...
I love playing around with the text and making the watermark fun or scary, elegant or cute or large or small...I think the one above looks like the magazine  House Beautiful...cover font...

If you do happen to live in some colder climate and you have to stay in, this is a good way to be creative and still sit by the fireplace....
I'm not sure which matting color combination I like best, maybe the one below, it is so soft...

I would love to see some of the things you do to your pictures, if anything...or how do you keep in a file...and do you delete all the ones that don't make the cut for the post or do you keep them cause some of them are just so pretty you can't bring yourself to delete them...
This one is called the sweet....remember swishing them around to make them ♥
Thank you for stopping Around the House...hope you had a great visit and were inspired to add some fun touches to your pictures and just get creative, I learn so much from all of you....
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    Buena semana PHYLLIS :))))

  2. So pretty! Yesterday I went to a housewarming party and the invitation specifically said No Gifts. I took a jelly jar full of pretty flowers from my flower bed. Perfection.

  3. Those are absolutely gorgeous flowers! xo Diana

  4. Those pictures are so pretty!
    Amy Jo

  5. These photos are gorgeous Phyllis! I have been several to my art inspirations board to paint! I could play around on picmonkey forever but there never seems to be enough time~I will check out Picasa, I would love to learn how to fade out the background. I keep all my photos mostly, in iPhoto on my computer, you never know when you're going to need a certain one! Thanks for the sunshine and roses!

  6. Hi Phyliss , just gorgeous thanks for sharing :)

  7. Your flower pictures are seriously gorgeous! And your frames are fun. I love to play with pictures and graphic design. The possibilities are endless! Have a great week ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

  8. Those shots of your roses are unbelievable!!!! The combination of those rich colors...there is nothing better! Well done!!!

  9. I love picasa too! I always add a lot of shadow to mine and I love that look as well as use Picasa to make my banner photos and sidebar pics. I really like the border you added to yours too it really makes them stand out.

    I hope your back is feeling better :-)

  10. Phyllis, these photos are amazing! I really need to take the time to play with my pictures. Usually in a hurry and just watermark. lighten a little on a few and good to go. lol! Oh, now and then I play a little in picmonkey. You have inspired me to take time and have a little fun. So happy that you will be sharing this wit SYC.

  11. Phyl, this is great information and I love the boarders around the pictures. I want to thank you for teaching me how to blog and use my Picasa - crop, shadows and fine tune the pictures. Your the BEST!!!
    I love the pictures you took of my flowers that I brought to your BBQ. They really look so good in the Ball Canning Jar. Will have to bring you more.....
    Have a terrific evening and I hope your leg is better.

    1. Thanks Mar, I love those jars too and of course I love the flowers...

  12. I do all of my editing and cropping in iPhoto and then I use Picmonkey for collages, borders, words, etc. I didn't realize I could edit in Picasa.

    Your photos are lovely. Isn't it amazing how different a photo can look with each different color of border?

  13. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  14. I also enjoy using Picasa to edit my photos! Your flower bouquet edits are beautiful; thanks for sharing!

  15. I need to take some time for this sometime. It looks so fun, and what a gorgeous result! Thank so much for coming by and leaving such a delightful comment! I love that you find my photo approachable! Haha! It took me a couple of years before I posted it on the blog. Happy photo editing!

  16. I can smell them from here! Love your photos and bringing back thoughts that Summer will arrive once more, XOXO

  17. Hi Phyllis! Always some sunshine going on at your place. The roses are beautiful and your fiddling with the snaps are lovely. You're really good at this. Thanks for popping in to see me and I'm so glad you liked my little felties.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. This really looks like fun! I do some editing of my photos but usually don't take the time to do borders, etc. Maybe I should! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  19. Hi Phyllis! Thanks for popping in to see me and liking my little Tilda. You make my head swell! Hope you have a wonderful week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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