Monday, November 21, 2011

Love that snow! And, a tiny Digital Baby Step


So, here's the color version of my happy little shoveller. The snow we had when I posted the sketch is long gone, but I'm sure there will be more to keep this little guy happy.


And here's the whole piece. The big snowy spaces provide room for type. The text, of course is top secret! It's wonderful though. Worth a wait! Working around type sometimes makes for compositions that are a bit odd looking, but snow, sky, light colored walls, etc. can help. Part of the challenge!

Today's Digital Baby Step is small indeed, but if you don't know it, maybe you'll like it as much as I do. You may know that when working in Photoshop, if you press the F key, you can change the look of your desktop. It's what you see around/behind the image while working on it. If you haven't tried this before, go for it! Just remember, if you don't like the different backgrounds (grays and black) the F key will bring you right back where you started. I've known about the F key for quite awhile,  but I just learned something new.


When you have the black background, if you then press the tab key, you'll see your image and only your image on a black screen. It eliminates the tools and palettes from the screen. I like doing this at the end of the day, or when I'm going to be away from the computer for awhile. It's a good way to have a fresh clear look at your work when you come back. Here's an example of the work on the black "clean screen" when this work was in progress. Nice and clean and focused on the work and the work alone. When you want to get your tools and palettes back, just press tab again and you are good to go.

8 comments:

Rob Colvin said...

Very nice, Marion.

Marion Eldridge said...

Thank you, Rob!

k.h.whitaker said...

Hello Marion, this is looking great! I didn't know about pressing tab; I'll have to give it a try. I usually leave my work open, really big, to obscure everything else so I can have a fresh look at it. This might work better :)

Marion Eldridge said...

Hi Karen!

Thank you! I don't know, maybe your method is better. LOL! Nice to have different options to try. Good to have friends to share with.

Diane Mayr said...

Such a fun piece, Marion! And I love that you left room for the text. ;-)

Marion Eldridge said...

Thanks, Diane! It would be nothing without text!

Ms. Moffatt said...

Looking great! I love a piece that has room for text but doesn't disturb the composition. Looks good with or without.

Marion Eldridge said...

Thanks, Judy!