Giving Thanks: Inspirations for a Creative Life

In preparation for Thanksgiving Day I made a mixed list (instead of a mixed tape) to inspire you to create, to be thankful and to act upon your calling despite your fears, so you can live a creative life. This inspiration list is a blend of: Favorite quotes related to creativity and gratefulness Our photo Thanksgiving cards and invites (which are available at Mpix) Things we are thankful for (because we want to create that space) Images of fun Thanksgiving... Read More

4 Photo Tips to Create the Best Holiday Photo Cards

It’s that time of the year when you might be preparing your photos for your family holiday photo cards! And we can help! It’s no secret that we love photography. Well, I love looking at the photos my sister loves taking.  So that makes us a well-rounded, photography-loving pair. Head over to our new Minted store and check out our store front to see what I mean! To top it off we both love designing, so imagine what a delight it is for... Read More

Check Out Our New Minted Store

Exciting Announcement! This year we started participating in some Minted challenges/contests and we now have a Minted store.  Minted is a print on demand (POD) platform that sells gorgeous stationery, art pieces, home goods, fabrics and more all in collaboration with artists like us. With the setup of this store, we’ve taken one more step on our journey to move into the Home Decor industry. The idea is that artists participate in an art contest... Read More

Surface Pattern Design: Product Photo Shoot

Today we are sharing all our inside out on how we prepared and made decisions for our product photos. By the way, did you know that “Product and still life photo sessions” is a service we provide? If you are interested in having us photograph your products let us know here.  We recently ordered a bunch of personalized products with our designs: Five different pillowcases, two sets of plates and four wrapping paper rolls with our designs... Read More

Use “self taken phone photos” to create an attractive blog

How many times do you find yourself stuck with a great blog post idea but so uninspired to use the only two unattractive “self taken phone photos” you took  at the event you want to blog about? Of course you could go online and maybe find better photos. But the idea here is to make your blog very personal and use your own photos as much as possible. I provide unattractive “self taken phone photos” as learning material during my photoshop... Read More

Before and After – Fix a poor indoor light photo

Hello! Happy New Year! We took a little winter break over here at Dari Design Studio but we are back with more posts for you! This photo was taken indoors and as much as we try to white balance a photo, sometimes there isn’t enough time to do so. My white balance was set to auto because it’s what usually works best with my camera, but I don’t think this was best! It ended up so red! To fix a really bad indoor-light photo I convert... Read More

Before and After- Zoom and clone tool

This photo had good lighting already but needed a couple other retouch effects to give it definition. 1. I started by using the ”marquee tool” I selected the left lady (aka my sister) and moved it closer to the right lady (aka me) 2. The I proceeded with the ”clone tool” using the beige wall behind as target I cloned to fill in all the background. Making the background uniform allows a more clear focal point for the viewer. 3.... Read More

Before and After – Add text to your photo

Today is all about the pretty add-ons you can have on a photo. This photo is already nice, but adding a title with a special design on it always enhances the image. It could be used in a blog or for a label or card to print and give along with the egg nog you make for Christmas. In this case I decided to add a fun tape underneath the title. I got the tape from Pugly Pixel, always a wonderful place to get useful photoshop goodies. You can learn how... Read More

Before and After – Contrasting a photo

Some of you know you already that we teach online Photoshop classes, and if not, check out up here on the menu where it says Learn Photoshop! We will be posting before and after photos every week so you can see some of the things you can learn in our online Photoshop classes. Adding contrast to a photo Today is all about contrast, a photo might be already nice but still needs an extra touch and it is contrast. I applied contrast to this photo and... Read More