Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Grand Canyon

We took a road trip to the Grand Canyon earlier this month...and this is the resultant scrapbook page. I know, it looks like I just arranged photos on a page, but I forgot to add text on the large photo for the title. And then I didn't know where to place an embellishment that wouldn't obscure the photos, so I just left it plain. The layout is based on a sketch from Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life class that I had signed up for at Big Picture Classes a while back. The idea was that she would go over design principles, you make your own layouts based on her sketches, and then you should end up with a reference album of sorts. I could never keep up with getting the photos printed and doing the weekly assignments. But now, we have a new used photo printer so I was playing around with it. I still think it's difficult to edit and print your own photos. If anyone has any tips, please share! The skin tones still look a little red to me in print. I tinkered a little with free actions from the Pioneer Woman for PSE. Usually I use boost and slight lighten to try and get the skin looking light and yellowish on screen. I use an inexpensive colorimeter to supposedly calibrate the monitor and the color management settings with the printer and a program like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, (for which I downloaded the 30 day free trial), but I can't say that it's making a difference, or maybe I'm not using it correctly. Whatever the case, I've just been printing tiny test prints prior to printing the final.

Technically, the sketch was in landscape orientation and there was supposed to be a title along the bottom of the largest photo, which might look better with an enlargement of the Grand Canyon, but I picked a photo of my kids instead :)

Sidenote: As a little kid, I thought the chawan-bowl haircut was funny, now here I am, cutting my daughter's bangs like that.

Well, that's about it for now. I think that layout took me so long because I had the hardest time deciding which 4 photos to use from the entire trip, and then trying to edit and print everything at the appropriate size as well. OK, only 2 more layouts left to do from week 1, then 11 or so more weeks to go, oh boy.

1 comment:

eva said...

nice layout! yeah, i don't know much about printing your own photos. but it seems more convenient.