Archive for July, 2009

5th Annual Epic Duels Party

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
We had our 5th Annual Epic Duels party. Eric was able to gain Jango some RESPECT by piloting the derided bounty hunter to a 4-0 finish and a silver medal. Chrissie finally cracked the top 4, and didn’t shy away from the big stage, winning in the finals to give her first place, and the guitar. This yeah we had a bunch of spectators come watch the festivities. Serenity, Henry, Aidan, and Liam may have been the attraction, but I think Epic Duels might have a calling as a watchable sport(as long as we find a way to combine it with babies). Aside from the 25 competitors(Juan and Veronica took turns playing) we had Amy, Onpracha, Karen, Ann, Patricia, and Anna keeping the place lively. Thank you everyone for another wonderful event. -Eric Player Character R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot B Chrissie Luminara 16 16 12 14 58 O Eric Jango 14 14 14 14 56 D David Qui-Gon 13 14 14 4 45 V Eric Wu Jabba 14 14 12 4 44 L Jim Vader 16 14 6 36 E Angel Grievous 13 16 6 35 A Jack Thrawn 16 14 4 34 K Adam Dash 16 3 12 31 I Marilyn Dooku 2 14 14 30 J Eugene Boba 2 14 12 28 Q Tina Han 7 15 6 28 S Michael Maul 11 4 12 27 M Phil Anakin 4 14 6 24 P Annie Bultar 14 4 6 24 U Dr. Dave Quinlin 14 4 6 24 N Bobby Yoda 4 15 4 23 R Alice Obi 7 4 12 23 G Jason Emp 5 4 12 21 F Joyce Luke 2 4 14 20 C Wes Mara 2 4 12 18 T Johnny Mace 11 2 4 17 H Andrew Talon 5 3 6 14 X VerJuanica Xizor 4 4 6 14 W John Lando 4 2 4 10 Y5 Y4 Y3 Y2 Y1 Tot TPI PPT Eric 56 63 46 12 26 203 5 40.6 Chrissie58 33 24 30 29 174 5 34.8 Jack 34 25 56 25 30 170 5 34 Andrew 14 22 48 22 54 160 5 32 Marilyn 30 18 11 46 31 136 5 27.2 Annie 24 20 52 36 132 4 33 Joyce 20 55 26 24 125 4 31.25 Angel 35 25 32 24 116 4 29 Veronica7 20 30 38 14 109 4.5 24.22222222 Adam 31 46 14 14 105 3 35 Juan 7 34 20 31 12 104 4.5 23.11111111 Eric Wu 44 23 15 22 104 4 26 John 10 44 24 24 0 102 5 20.4 Bobby 23 33 22 24 102 4 25.5 Ken 28 13 58 99 3 33 Tina 28 22 23 25 98 4 24.5 David H 45 24 24 93 3 31 Dr. Dave24 10 27 29 90 4 22.5 Wes 18 38 30 86 3 28.66666667 Patricia 19 7 28 28 82 3.5 23.42857143 Johnny 17 20 24 61 3 20.33333333 Jim 36 25 61 2 30.5 Eugene 28 30 58 2 29 Eddie 30 14 44 2 22 Joseph 32 32 1 32 Michael 27 27 1 27 Phil 24 24 1 24 Alice 23 23 1 23 Jason 21 21 1 21 Amy 18 18 1 18 David R 13 13 1 13

Photoshopping: Learning to Edit Photos

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
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I loved the free class so much (yes, it totally worked on me =)  that I paid for a photo editing class!  I’ve just done the first lesson and I LOVE it already!!  Here are my before and after photos.  Now, if you like what I did, you can help me out with my homework!  Send me a digital photo that you like, but that you think could be made better with some adjustments.  Preferably one that doesn’t use a flash as I haven’t gotten to that lesson yet.  E-mail me the file, and I see what I can do! =)

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Photoshopping!!!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
I learned how to add frames to pictures (I kinda knew this, but she gave us this fun frame to practice with!)

I learned how to add frames to pictures (I kinda knew this, but she gave us this fun frame to practice with!)

Abbey told me about this awesome photoshop class at www.jessicasprague.com.  I am so glad I signed up for this!  As you all know I love taking pictures, and I’m so excited to be learning how to make my photos better, and how to make great projects with photoshop.  The free class I got to take was special effects.  Here’s what I learned!

Using brushes as a stamp

Using brushes as a stamp

Changing color to sepia and another nifty frame =)

Changing color to sepia and another nifty frame =)

Using pretty text and texture

Using pretty text and texture

Using textures

Using textures

Selective Recolor

Selective Recolor

More selective recolor =)  This was so much easier than I used to do it!!!

More selective recolor =) This was so much easier than I used to do it!!!

Making a grid the easy way, some recolor, and stamping!

Making a grid the easy way, some recolor, and stamping!