Photoshop Turns 25-ish

It’s been a quarter century since the first version of Photoshop was released as part of a scanning software package. Back in the late 90s I was thrilled to be able to clip and clone my way through image files where backgrounds didn’t cooperate, and passersby or telephone poles photo-bombed seemingly non-stop. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

Photoshop Treatment With a Very Specific Application

A friend is preparing to paint her house, and she asked me to help her with some color palettes. I told her I could apply the hues in Photoshop so she could get an idea of what looked good with her architecture. Of course, I couldn’t leave it at that. Anyone who has friends who … Continue reading

Stranger Things: Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Stranger Things: Saturday, September 8, 2012

Stranger Things: a Comic by Gina and Bruno, Premiere Panel for September 8, 2012

All Those Palettes and Menus, and it Turns Out the History Pane is King

Infinity Ball

What began as an eight-ball tattoo design got turned on its ear, in a manner of speaking, and became an “infinity ball” logo and artistic concept. The stationary version carries a different connotation than the one floating among the clouds. Photoshop just kept providing the media: brushes, paths, adjustment layers, filters, raster effects,  gradients, light effects, … Continue reading

Branding: Color + Image = Perception

In Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Catherine O’Hara and Glen Shadix—as homeowner and interior designer, respectively—are touring her recently purchased Victorian three-story when O’Hara scribbles the word “mauve” across the faded wallpaper of an upstairs bedroom. Shadix, in a fabulous eighties-era designer’s drawl says, “You read my mind.” Mauve. A hideous hue that is quite possibly paying … Continue reading

Book Cover Design

Proposed Book Cover Art

The book in question is a collection of short stories with a common thread; the life we settle for. When I first heard the title, without reading the manuscript, I knew exactly what it meant. An empty prairie, rutted dirt roads, coveralled diner patrons, plastic deer, and a weeded-over high school athletic field were among … Continue reading