Sunday, January 3, 2010

Holiday Reading

Hi again. Lest you think that I have been vegging on the couch and eating bon-bons, here is some of my holiday reading material! What a wealth of knowledge is available from the local library. I have been getting really excited by all the mixed media books that are out there. I have been reading and taking notes, so I can include some of the ideas in my Mixed Media classes. I am particularly interested in the ones on physical photo manipulation. Lots to explore there!

And I have just purchased Photoshop CS4, and there is an enormous learning curve there. I am familiar with the levels, cropping and straightening functions from Photoshop 7, but this new version has SO much more. I was extremely lucky and got the 'educational price' for the software, as I teach in the Calgary Public School System. The program included l month free video training at the excellent school, so I have been spending an inordinate amount of time watching and trying the manipulations. I need a good reference book, so took all these out of the library to try to determine which would best suit my needs, but haven't gotten there yet.

I want to wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and creative New Year!

Love you guys!


Martha Lever said...

Yep that's some good reading material! I have most of these and have enjoyed them although I need to go back and revisit some of them! Looking forward to DJ's class and I think I will go over and look at your friend, Cheryl's, blog.

Cynthia said...

What a nice book salad....I spent the holidays reading lots of books too.....lucky you to be taking Dj´s class,,,I looked at her blog...ummmyummy. I think I have to eventually take it too. Have fun with it.

Gary said...

Hi Sharon - can I leave this site with you. It is a very simple, INTUITIVE photo image editor. It can't do what Photoshop can do, but it can VERY EASILY edit photos to a remarkable degree and offers creative people like yourself an amazing degree of freedom and latitude ... it's cheap and DOES NOT NEED A MANUAL - it is a 'learn by fiddling' thingy! You may be able to find its older form LightBox Plus Image Editor to try out. This is free and extremely cheap to update to PRO level. It is the best bit of kit I have ever found (and can afford).