Be the Artist.

Free photo effects
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. ~Ansel Adams

Digital photography and video production are passions of ours.

I have been known to snap off 1000 shots in a weekend…thank goodness for my MAC and Photoshop:) Still working on my filing system, though:)

Taking digital photos can change the way you share & organize your photo memories. You don’t need to be an professional photographer, or an artist, to get the most out of your digital photos.

Even if you haven’t taken the plunge into digital photography, you can still use these digital photo tips, free digital photo effects & photo tricks to organize photos & create amazing custom photo effects & really cool photo gift ideas. Just scan in your photos or…you can take a photo of your photo with you cell phone, just watch the resolution:)

DECOUPAGE TIP: Using photos for decoupage? Make copies at your local print shop…or purchase full sheets of label paper to print out your own photos. Will prevent smudging.

Photo Scanning Help

  1. BulletClean your scanner bed with a non-abrasive wipe & appropriate cleaner.
  2. BulletMake sure glass is dry before placing picture or image down.
  3. BulletPhotos need to rest against one side of the scanner bed so that the photos remain straight.
  4. BulletPreview photo before scanning.
  5. BulletScan all photos using the Color option even if they are B&W.
  6. BulletPhotos 2×3 or smaller – Scan at 600 dpi.
  7. BulletPhotos 5×7 – Scan at 300 dpi.
  8. BulletPhotos larger than 5×7 – Scan at 200 dpi.
  9. BulletAlways save as a jpeg or .JPG without compression.

A few of our favorite free photo effects websites are listed below:

Have a favorite? Leave a comment to add!

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.  ~Lewis Hine

We’re always here to help, if you need a hand!

Have fun!

4 thoughts on “Be the Artist.

  1. “In little more than a hundred years,” writes poster expert John Barnicoat, “it has come to be recognized as a vital art form, attracting artists at every level, from painters like Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha to theatrical and commercial designers.”[2] They have ranged in styles from Art Nouveau, Symbolism, Cubism, and Art Deco to the more formal Bauhaus and the often incoherent hippie posters of the 1960s.


  2. Love the Links!! Thanks! Especially the BugHugeLabs links – I’m already inspired for birthday invitations (movie poster) and title pages for my vacation photo albums (magazine cover). This is going to be FUN!!


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