Adding a Gradient or Filtered Background To Your Photo

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Sometimes a solid background just isn’t enough and you want a little variance in the background color or lighting. This tutorial will show you a pretty simple way to make that happen in Photoshop. In order to use this tutorial you need to be able to mask out any foreground material so that it will not be altered by the gradient. If you are looking for masking tutorials you can use any of the masking tutorials on this website. I also sometimes use Topaz Remask 5, which is a paid tool, but it helps with some finer details. My hair masking in Photoshop tutorial using channels will do the same thing, it just takes longer.

Adding a Gradient Background Tutorial

 

Links from the video:

Masking Hair with Channels Tutorial
Topaz Remask (this is a paid tool, but if you subscribe to Topaz they will usually have sales and discounts pretty often and you can get it for up to 50% off.)

 

Hair:/Wasabi Pills/ Drew Mesh Hair by MissAllSunday Lemon (@Hairology)

Head: Lelutka Mesh Head Simone by Jaden Art

Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes by Ikon Innovia

Skin/Makeup: Bold & Beauty :: Sasha (Lelutka Applier) and makeup appliers by Jourdan McMillan (@Tres Chic)

Earrings: (Kunglers) Shani earrings by AvaGardner Kungler (@On9)

Pose: Pretense Poses Linger by Gidge Uriza

Farewell Fantasy

Fantasy Faire has come to an end but many of the stores are still in place through sometime tomorrow. I couldn’t let the Faire go without tossing out a few more wonderful items. My headdress and gown are from 22769 and help me pull off a magical yet ceremonial look. The beautiful Portia Renaissance necklace adds sparkle and majesty.

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Luna Barak kindly put up her Night Watcher Tower that was her Silent Auction item for this year at Fantasy Faire. I love the solid look of this structure.

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Headdress: 22769 ~ [accessories] High Council Crown Iron by Paco Pooley (@Fantasy Faire Hope’s Horizon)

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Darienne Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon (@Fantasy Faire Sanctum)

Skin: DLS~ Candace – Ceredil – Dark – Pearl by Lerochelle Destiny (@Fantasy Faire Blackwater Glenn)

Eyes: DLS~ Realism Eyes – GoldRush by Lerochelle Destiny (@Fantasy Faire Blackwater Glenn)

Necklace: ! !SSD ~ Portia Renaissance Jewelry Set (Brass) ~ Choker by Sax Shepherd (@Fantasy Faire Hope’s Horizon)

Dress: 22769 ~ [femme] Chloris Dress White by Paco Pooley (@Fantasy Faire Hope’s Horizon)

Tower: Night Watcher Tower (Silent Auction event prize—not available for purchase) by Luna Barak

Poses: F*cking Ninjas Earth Mage and Fire Wielder by Doll Galthie

Three Years A Blogger

Three years ago I started this blog. What on earth I was thinking at that time? Every year at this time I look at my first blog posts and I am tempted to delete them so that no one ever has to view their horrific-ness. However, if they were not still stubbornly there in cyber-space, I might forget that I started out as a truly terrible avatar stylist, photographer and blogger. So in my case, mediocrity is quite an improvement. Perhaps in another three I will reach competency!

At any rate, here’s to another year, and for those of you who read or follow this blog, my thanks for your patience and interest in one gal’s crazy Second Life.

 

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Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Emma Mesh Hair by MissAllSunday Lemon (@The Season’s Story)

Skin: Glam Affair Magenta by Aida Ewing  (@The Season’s Story)

Sweater: Coquet. Cowl Neck Sweater Pink by Tabitha Marquez

Jeans: Cain – Skinny Jeans – Blue Jeans Size Cuffed by Custodier

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro

Ring: MG – RING – Roho by Maxi Gossamer

Shoes: ::HH:: Hucci Kasos – NudeLace by Eboni Khan (@Collabor88)

Number 3: Riders Mesh Font Set Lauren by Race Kristan

Magpie Jar: [ keke ] snow jar – magpies by Kean Kelly (@The Season’s Story)

Pose: Eliza Quixote

One thought on “Three Years A Blogger

  1. Strawberry Singh

    Happy 3rd blogiversary. Here’s to many more years! <3

Maggie and Glenn

This week I had fun with the characters of Maggie and Glenn from the Walking Dead.  I was especially happy to see the new Rene hairstyle at Fameshed as it reminded me right away of Maggie Greene.

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Lest you forget, it’s a bad idea to mess around with a girl who has a machete and knows how to use it.

Maggie:

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Rene by MissAllSunday Lemon(@Fameshed)

Skin: -Glam Affair – Vera – America by Aida Ewing

Tank: GAS [Ladies MESH Cami Top Kat by Gascc2013

Pants: e! Jilly Skinny Jeans (Night) by Eclectic Wingtips

Boots: DRD worn combats female by Jaimy Hancroft

Machete: Monkey Island Insult Cutlass by Aley (be aware this sword talks sometimes)

 

Glenn:

Hair: Dura Boy*31 by chiaki Xue

Shirt: *X*plosion Male Tee (free gift) by Kaliha Noel

Pants: FATEwear Jeans – Grip Billy – Crater by Damien Fate

Shoes: ” Sneakers Star ” by Vini

Zombies: Axis, Media Company Brzeg

Vintage Grace

The Collabor88 birthday event is going on and if you’ve been lucky enough to get in then you know about the wonderful items being offered this month. It is an extra-large round, so make sure you see the whole build.

One of my favorites this round is this classic sequined top from Tres Blah. Juliette Westerberg has been creating some of the most popular items at Collabor88 and this one will probably be no exception. Also to fall in love with are the Peggy T-Straps by Darling Monday. I had to go for the fatpack with these, since I plan to wear them whenever possible!

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Aida Ewing also releases a beautiful line of skins at the event, called Katya. Something tells me Eliza won’t have to wait long for someone to come collect her!

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The sim where I shot these photos is a 1920’s Berlin role play sim. They have a strict dress code and those who do not comply are very politely asked to leave until they are correctly attired. Any ladies wishing to visit will specifically need to have skirts or dresses below the knee. Do enjoy the sim, though, it is beautifully done.

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Veronica Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon

Skin: -Glam Affair – Katya – Europa 07 by Aida Ewing (@Collabor88)

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Antique Hearts’ by Tiffy Vella

Ring: Gossamer – RINGS – Hand Made Heart by Maxi Gossamer (@United Fashion Project)

Top: tres blah Sequined Top – Blue Bird by Juliette Westerberg (@Collabor88)

Skirt: celoe.nikka.skirt.wheat by Shay Sibrian

Shoes: fri.day – Peggy.T-Straps (Honey) by Darling Monday (@Collabor88)

Poses: flowey. ‘razzle’ by Flutter Memel (@Collabor88)

Location: The 1920s Berlin Project – Weimar Republic role play sim

Song To A Seagull

Out of the city
And down to the seaside
To sun on my shoulders
And wind in my hair
But sandcastles crumble
And hunger is human
And humans are hungry
For worlds they can’t share
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry

-Song to a Seagull, Joni Mitchell

Fameshed is open for July and I love what is available this round…there’s quite a lot for the casual girl that I am. The new court shorts from Etente and the dual layer tank set from Cracked Mirror are the perfect beachwear for a hot July! 

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Maxi Gossamer must be one of the most prolific jewelry makers on the grid, she steadily cranks out gorgeous items. This moth at Fameshed you can find her Aprhodite’s dream set, which I can show here because Wasabi Pills also released a pulled-back hairstyle. There are not nearly enough of these on the grid in my opinion!

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Finally, Stewart joined me in his sexy Heft Cargo Shorts from Fade Arcade Designs in collaboration with Razor. This color is available at the store, but there will be several different colors and designs available at the Men’s Dept. which opens tomorrow.

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Eliza is wearing:

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Tanya Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon (@Fameshed)

Earrings: Gossamer Jewelry – Earrings – Aphrodite’s Dream  – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer (@Fameshed)

Skin:Glam Affair – Cleo – America by aida Ewing

Bracelet: Gossamer Bracelets – Little Sparrow by Maxi Gossamer (@the United Fashion Project)

Tank: Cracked Mirror Layered Tank (blue/red) by Cracked Mirror (@Fameshed)

Shorts: Entente Court Shorts Khaki by Entente (@Fameshed)

Shoes: Gos Boutique Flip Flops for Gos Flat Feet by Gospel Voom

 

Stewart is wearing:

Hair: Exile Owen by Kavar Cleanslate

Skin: Belleza Dylan Tan by Tricky Boucher

Trunks: Fade Arcade Designs/Razor Heft Cargo Shorts Brown by FadeArcade and Razorblade Jacket(Check for other designs and colors at the Mens Dept starting tomorrow!)

Feet: Ispachi Natural Men’s Feet by Ispachi

Poses: !Bang VIP 000-005, Castaways by Luna Jubilee

Bushes and Flowers: We’re Closed

Boardwalk: Botanical – Beach Boardwalk by Kriss Lehmann (@The Home Show)

Fantasy Faire: Collisions, Solarium

When I read about dragons I always wish I could fly with one…as long as there is a way to avoid getting burnt. Kay Wyatt in Carrie Vaughan’s Voices of Dragons does actually get to fly with dragons, although she does fall off a few times. I will keep that conveniently out of my fantasy, though!

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My great necklace and tattoo are from Guenevere Decuir of Collisions. You can find more of her work on the Ravenshard sim at Fantasy Faire!

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Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Erika Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon (@Fantasy Faire Magnificat)

Skin: Izzie’s – Holly Skin fair by Izzie Button

Ears: Steking EARS [MANDALA] by kikunosuke Eel

Necklace: .:CoLL:. Spellbound Necklace by Guenevere Decuir (@ Fantasy Faire Ravenshard)

Tattoo: .:CoLL:. Gothic Armband II by Guenevere Decuir (@ Fantasy Faire Ravenshard)

Rings: Fall From Grace by Vortex Hellman

Dragon: Solarium Battle Dragon Gold by rynn Verwood (@ Fantasy Faire Lumenaria)

Wagon: /artilleri/ Old wagon by Antonia Marat

Dreaming of Spring

The weather people promise us solemnly that we are going to break fifty degrees this week. My slightly-wet hair froze when I went outside this morning though, so forgive me if my confidence in weather people is less than ideal. At least in SL I can get some reliably sunny skies. The talented Anouk Spot is back with some wonderful new designs for spring, so I wandered around in them for awhile today along with my decidedly un-frozen hair from Wasabi Pills.

 

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Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Ivette Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon

Earrings: MG – Earrings – Sybil’s LadyBug by Maxi Gossamer (@FaMeshed)

Shirt: {mon tissu} Collared Shirt ~ Floral by Anouk Spot

Shorts: {mon tissu} Tulip Shorts ~ Cream by Anouk Spot

Flowers: Olive Juice (no longer available)