Category Archives: graphics

Adjusting Brightness And Contrast With Gimp

My first youtube video and I was really nervous. This is just a quick tutorial using mainly the colors menu to adjust the brightness and contrast using Gimp in various ways.

sample image for video tutorial

Image taken along the Niagara river in Niawanda Park Tonawanda NY. Feel free to download and use for the above video tutorial. To download full size image just double click image, then when image opens, right click image and save to your hard drive. Click the back arrow to return to the tutorial.

If you found this image looking for a snowy park scene, feel free to use it, but a link back to the tutorial would be appreciated.

Wet Autumn Leaves

Looking for leaf textures and clip art. Feel free to use this for both commercial and personal use. Link back appreciated but not necessary. Enjoy the image.

image of leaves

Feel free to use for both commercial and personal use.  If you use it on the web, feel free to leave (pun fully intended) a link in the comment so I can see how it was used. It’s not necessary but I love seeing how my work was used. Enjoy.

September Getting Ready For Fall…

I just can’t believe summer really came and went this year. It seems like just yesterday , I was decorating the blog for spring, I spaced decorating for summer, and now here we are back at Septembers theme. I haven’t posted here nearly as much as I would have liked this summer. I had a lot of projects though, and this was unfortunately put on the back burner. I think with the cooler weather arriving however, I’ll be working on this blog much more.

I like to change the blog theme up with decorations and themes set for whatever season or holiday we’re near. The scary part is before we know it the holidays will be here. September’s here, next month October arrives with Halloween, and ¡POW! Thanksgiving starting off the holiday season.

Anyway, I’ll be coming up with some holiday, and seasonal blog decorating tips. I’ll be posting some freebies as usual. For now check out this free Autumn Clip Art set from Open Clipart. Click here to download files.

screen shot fall clip art

This is a screen shot of some of the item you’ll find in the free Autumn Clip Art Collection. There’s a lot of really great Autumn and Fall clip art. Its that time of year again.

Enjoy the free clip art, I’m going to try and add some tutorials here on doing some fun scrap booking and design ideas with some of the different clip art found there.

Get More Twitter Followers Now !

Found this infographic from WhoIsHostingThis and thought it was spot on. By following these simple tips, and spending a little time at it each day, those Twitter followers should start rolling in.

You wouldn’t think there was a lot to social networking and services like Twitter but there is. I’ve learned a lot and made a lot of mistakes with social networking. It takes time, but with a little effort success can be yours.  The more you read and follow tips that are found in inforgraphics like this, the more you start seeing those followers rolling in.

twitter infographic

Great tips for building a strong twitter account and gaining followers.

The info graphic states that you can do this in 5 minutes a day, maybe I’m slow. I spend a little more… A lot more time than that on twitter. I need to start incorporating services like hootsuite, but I tweet randomly throughout the day. As I find good stuff or have some clever comment worth tweeting, I send them out at random. Sometimes from the computer, sometimes from my phone. I try to tweet daily, and spread my tweets out so my followers don’t get what I call a twitter bomb, of 10 – 20 tweets blasted out from my account all at once. Outside of that I completely agree with everything in this info graphic.

P.S, Now on a final note. For all those spam comments asking where I host my blog. You can use the WhoIsHostingThis  service to find out. They are the creator of the infographic, and I’m sure they would love if you stopped by their site and tried out the service.