Photoshop Color Splash Effect

Photoshop Color Splash Effect

You may have seen so many photos where everything is black and white, except for one item in the photo. It seems like something too difficult to ever recreate yourself. Let me break it down for you into steps that anyone with minimal Photoshop experience can do. Step 1: Duplicate the layer. This allows you to have a top and bottom layer of the same image. Step 2: Adjust the image to a Black and White mode. Go to “Image” at the…

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Montreal’s Underground City

Montreal’s Underground City

When I was in Montreal last month I couldn’t leave without visiting the best places to shop. There were so many shops in downtown Montreal. One highlight was he famous Montreal Underground City. There was shop after shop of the latest of Montreal’s fashions. After a while it got overwhelming because the maze of stores continued for many miles, all under the city above. But don’t let that discourage you. Explore this “city” beneath Montreal to your heart’s content. An extra…

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DIY Drop Earrings

DIY Drop Earrings

A while ago I made similar earrings as gifts for friends. So I decided to share how I made them. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself. Step 1: Decide which beads to use and add those beads onto the earring post. Step 2: Slide one earring hook on top. Step 3: Position the pliers about 1/4 in (0.5 cm) from the hook, then bend at that point. Step 4: Another 1/4 in (0.5 cm) from the…

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Dubai Shopping Guide

Dubai Shopping Guide

When I travel to new lands I don’t want to buy things I can get in my home country. It’s way more exciting to get unique items found only at my destination. Before traveling to the U.A.E. I searched all over for the best things to buy in Dubai. The first place I suggest going is the Dubai Mall. Besides visiting the Burj Khalifa, there are a million other things to see. Try Candylicious, where there is every kind of…

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Organizing Your Art Supplies with the KonMari Method

Organizing Your Art Supplies with the KonMari Method

When you are a creative person, you tend to accumulate lots of junk. This is especially true if you go into a Creative Field. Being a Freelance Graphic Designer and all around artsy person, I have tons of art supplies. I also have projects from college that I just cannot part with. In the process of rearranging furniture, I realized it’s easier to move items when they are lighter. So I decided to clean out two of my art drawers…

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Souvenirs Your Friends Will Actually Want to Keep

Souvenirs Your Friends Will Actually Want to Keep

Be that person who gives the best souvenirs. Consider the following. Items the destination is known for: a leather item from Italy Something from nature: bleached coral Non-perishable food items unique to the destination: teas or coffee Beauty and personal care: homemade soaps or fragrances Cooking spices or herbs native to the destination: dried hot peppers Foreign magazines or newspapers always looks nice on a coffee table. Small bottles of liquor or sauce native to the destination will also be…

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Adding Texture in Illustrator

Adding Texture in Illustrator

When many think of adding texture, they think of Photoshop. How do you add texture in Illustrator though? This illustration of a Rolls-Royce interior is an example. When it came to adding the woodgrain, I was unsure of what to do. So I played around and came up with a great solution that I want to share. Go to the “Effects” in Illustrator. They are categorized by Illustrator Effects and Photoshop Effects. Use both and experiment to get what you…

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Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Mina Review

Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Mina Review

When it comes to accommodations, I have a few things I look for. I’m not too picky. As long as it’s clean and not too dated (stuck in the 80s). The Hilton Garden Inn Al Mina exceeded my expectations. The lobby was large and the decor was nice. There were little Arabian touches throughout the decor. The staff was very friendly. The tour desk staff in the lobby gave us good ideas as far as what to do and how…

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Downtown Montreal Architecture

Downtown Montreal Architecture

The month of April brought me to Montreal, Quebec in Canada, to visit friends. I had visited Montreal in 2010 and hadn’t been back since. One of the things that stood out to me was the architecture. Take a look and see for yourself. I stayed in La Salle, so the first few pictures are of this little island. I found out that Montreal is made up of islands actually. Many of the homes in La Salle reminded me of Queens,…

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What to do in Abu Dhabi

What to do in Abu Dhabi

When people think of the U.A.E, they think of flashy cars and millionaire mansions. But what do you actually do when visiting the so-called “richest city in the world”? My first pick is strolling down to the Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Marina. It’s a beautiful little oasis in the desert. Near the Marina is the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village. In the Heritage Village you are able to watch local artisans create items like rugs, and leather goods. It’s your window into…

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