Make a Digital Holga Photo


Here's how to make a digital version of a black and white Holga photo.  And yes, that's me and the world's greatest big brother.



1.  Open your image in Photoshop and crop it square.



2.  Now, create a black and white Gradient Map layer.  Go to Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map.



3.  The photo needs contrast.  Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.  Move the sliders to your liking.



4.  For a more authentic look, let's add some noise.  From your background layer go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.  Adjust the slider to the amount you want.  Make sure that the Monochromatic box is checked.



5.   If your whites are too bright, adjust them with Levels.  Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and slide your White Output to the left (towards the black).



6.  To create a vignette,  select the circle marquee from the tool box.  Change your Feather to 40px and drag a circle around your image.  Go to Select > Inverse.




7.  Go to Image > Adjustments > Curves.  In the pop-up box, drag the midpoint down (towards the black) until the vignette is as dark as you'd like it to be.

-Mandy

Galaxy Wolf Ring



Here's a new ring coming to the shop this week.  It's a wrap ring based on my popular Howling Wolf Necklace.

-Mandy

Dinosaurs Playing Make-Believe




Sometimes when I'm bored at work, I make paper costumes for my desk dinos.  I can't decide if it's creative or pathetic.

-Mandy

DIY House Gift Box


While searching for a cute gift box idea, I came across this little house box from Design Mom.  The gift was for a little girl, so I tweaked the original template.  You can download my star and heart versions to print at home.

-Mandy

WIP: Sandworm


Here's a peek at a new design that will be in the shop soon.  In the meantime, check out my other Beetlejuice-themed pieces.

Handbook for the Recently Deceased
No Feet
Lydia Deetz

-Mandy

Musician Bats



Continuing with my bat series, here are Ziggy Batdust and Batjork in the iconic swan dress.

-Mandy