Once upon a time there was an “It”
No one knew how to describe ‘it’,
or tell ‘it’ apart from all the other ‘its’.
This led to a lot of confusion.
And, repeated questioning, such as…
…Who are you, again?
As much as ‘it’ tried to stand out from the other ‘its’.
‘It’ somehow just blended into the background – kinda like a Ninja.
‘It’ needed a strategy, something that made it
different from the other ‘its’. Something unique…
And then ‘it’ came across ‘this…’
A unique logo
‘this’ is how to give your ‘it’ a face of its own.
With your own face people can distinguish your ‘it’
from all the other ‘its’. And therefore can rightfully assign credit to your ‘it’
– when you deserve it.
The problem, at least for me, with Luminar AI, is that after achieving good looking results so fast, there is a tendency to explore further, and sometimes beyond what is necessary.
I suppose, that’s not really a problem, but for some photo-artist I can imagine what it must feel like, when say, typically you’d spend at least some time applying a few secret tricks before actually applying edit changes to your image. There’s a feeling of “…is that it?”
So… “is that it?”
Not quite. Because somehow, you’ll also discover that all the Photoshop skills you’ve learnt, although still relevant, is often not required when using Luminar AI. Which I suppose is why many Photo-Artist use both.
I personally have been using Luminar for preparing my images for both purely aesthetics and composing online content, since I was first introduced to, actually, Aurora HDR. And then Luminar…
Anyway, Luminar soon became the first standalone app I would reach for when the need for some image enhancing is required.
Luminar has also, since, moved on and has been rebuilt from the ground up using AI technology, which really does make a difference to the professional photgrapher.
*Learn where you can buy Luminar for a little less below (subject to availability and offers periods)
…in all we see and do. They pass us by with caring eyes and friendly smiles. They nurture us, save us, protect us, embrace us and rescue us.
Our superheroes represent everyday humanity.
Our superheroes are everyday people; parents, loved ones, teachers, medical and emergency workers are just a few to mention but truly our superheroes can also be our farmer who provides sustainability, our garbage man who keeps our environment clean, no matter how little our jobs may be, we are the everyday superheroes of humanity.
– Kay Samuel
What makes a superhero?
Although, not quite sure how the whole “superhero,” or, rather “superpowers” thing started. But I do know that the term has been used for expressing the idea that every individual, out of their own uniqueness, has something special to share with the world. It’s just a matter of harnessing and allowing your passions and natural talents to flow alongside whatever it is you are doing.
Superheroes are everywhere, around us in all we see and do. They pass us by with caring eyes and friendly smiles. They nuture us, save us, protect us, embrace us and rescue us. Our superheroes represent everyday humanity. our superheroes are everyday people; parents, loved ones, medical workers, firemen, police officials are just a few to mention but truly our superheroes can also be our farmer who provides sustainability, our garbage man who keeps our streets clean, no matter how little our jobs may be, we are the everyday superheroes of humanity.
(originally posted on software-folder.com)
A More Natural Photo Editing Experience
Luminar AI is the ‘brand new’, or rather, evolutionary rendition of previous Luninar versions. It’s ‘brand new’, becuase it has been totally rebuilt form scratch. But this time with AI technology right at the core.
Now, for those of us who are already familiar with Luminar, will know that the app has been established on the idea of simplifying the photo-editing process. So that busy photographers and photo artist can more readily perform ‘edits’ without the tedious, but also unnecessary, steps typically involved.
As a creative photographer, I am sure there is nothing more frustrating than knowing what you want to achieve, but just because you do not know how to create layers, masks, and get those marching ant things to come up on you screen, you can’t make the changes yourself…
Or maybe, you do know how to perform all the above. But wow, it seems like such a long winded process that also distracts from actually being creative.
And it does this all without fully taking away the tools that users already know and use.
However, when you do make use of the AI powered tools, its like magic, you’ll be smitten by the intuitiveness.
Wanna edit just the lips?
Without the hoopla involved with traditional photo-editing, Luminar AI will allow you to focus on specific areas of your photographs and edit, without physically masking items yourself. I said it was kinda like magic! But, let me explain. It’s not that there is no need for masking and the other fiddly bits, it’s just that you don’t have to do it yourself.
More photo editing magic
Anyway, other ‘magical’ features that will have you impressed include, how Luminar AI deals with replacing sky backgrounds. And then, allows you to further enhance the overall look and feel of your image based on the characteristics of the sky you have chosen.
More time to explore
“ The most noticeable thing about the new Luminar AI, compared to conventional photo editors, is the lack of steps required to perform an action… ”
Whilst this is notably true, this not to say that you’ll necessarily spend less time editing your photos. In fact, you’ll just have more time for exploring and being creative. What more can you ask for?
At the time of writing Luminar AI is unavailable to the public. So watch this space for new information, subscribe or discover more unsual content at softwarefolder.design
And how about CD duplication?
In the past, one of the many roadblocks for many independent musicians attempting to professionally put out their completed music for the first time, was the expenditure involved with the CD duplication of their music tracks, as well as producing the CD artwork and packaging.
And with that came the compromise between going the full length and hiring a designer, or cutting corners?
a well presented music package adds value in a number of both practical and emotional ways that help make your work more memorable.
Of course, if your music is undoubtedly of high quality and desirable to its audience, it may well speak for itself. However, in most cases alongside competition, it goes without saying that, a well presented music package adds value in a number of both practical and emotional ways that help make your work more memorable.
However, in today’s digital world, distributing your music doesn’t necessarily mean producing physical CDs, but to produce a visual component that can translate in both realms in order to tell your story through the many different forms of content. [ Read on ]
1. Starting the process with the CD cover artwork
Now, if you are on route to following conventional practice, you may need to hire a graphic designer to produce the artwork for you.
However, today there are so many of us that are pretty adept at carrying out such tasks ourselves. If this is you, all you’ll need to get started is a CD sleeve template…
Yep! It’s all systems go now with the vector artwork.
With just a little more time on my hands than usual the following is a series of vector artwork illustrations created using my trial version of Affinity Photo. You can learn more about the process starting here.
After recently downloading and playing around with Affinity Designer, a vector drawing package by the generous people at Serif, I guess I just got hooked, making Affinity Designer a definite purchase and recommendation for graphic artists and illustrators.
The following is just some of the artwork examples I created using either, or both, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.
Now, what you’ll find about using both programs is that they play quite nicely together. Allowing you to easily copy and paste you vector drawn work from Affinity Designer, into Affinity Photo.
You can then use Affinity Photo for creating more organic tonal images as shown in the example below:
There is one thing to watch out for though, and that is how hungry for disk space these applications can be. So, getting hold of an external hard drive, at least a few terabytes worth, might be a good idea.
Speaking of external hard-drives, and therefore equipment. Most digital artists and illustrators use pen tablets and other tools that help make the drawing or painting process a more natural experience.
However, if you do not have the luxury of such tools and you at least have a decent desktop, or laptop, you can always use your mouse.
Painting with a Brick
Yes, I know, it is kind of like painting with a brick, and a little redundant, but with some practice and patience you can get there. Think of it as an initiation towards perfecting your skills and knowledge using the software.