3 Favorite iPhone Photo Editing Apps

Mastering the photos in the iPhone is an art. There are so many photo editing apps that have many virtues and some of them actually do the same thing just in a different way. Today I want to share my 3 favorite photo editing apps, because I’ve realized that even though I have many apps on my phone, I end up using the same ones regularly more than others. And before I start to list them I want to exclude Instagram because that’s my top... 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

Picmonkey Webinars for Entrepreneurs Recap

Our Entrepreneur Picmonkey Webinar is also coming up next week! (as well as our webinar for bloggers) I thought it will be nice to show the two pieces we put together last webinar. Above a digital poster for a Garden Botanical Event and below a Business Card (we also created the logo using picmonkey) for a Cat hotel company. What do you think? like?   Hope you feel inspired and go to Picmonkey to create your business goodies. If you are in need... Read More

Picmonkey Webinars for Bloggers Recap

We started teaching two new Picmonkey Webinars this past February. One of them was conceived for all you bloggers out there that struggle with ideas and techniques to make your photo collages attractive to your audience. This class included easy and quick techniques to make your own headers and/or badges as well. Today I wanted to present you with the final result of the work we did during our session. So, above are the compositions we made... 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

Photoshop vs. PicMonkey

I had so much fun making this Info-graphic. I made it in Photoshop from scratch in case you are curious. So many people ask me about the differences of what we teach. -What do you think is best for me? Which class should I take?. I decided to create a visual comparison chart that answers those questions in a fun and informative way. So if you are asking yourself the same questions this one is for you. One row at a time, fill in the little squares... 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 – Cleaning a photo in Photoshop

First thing I need to say about this before and after photo is –LOOK CLOSELY! Besides adjusting the light and cropping this photo, there is a huge difference between the before and after photos. Can you find it? –Ok, I’m going to help you a little. There are 3 areas of the photo where I used the “clone tool” to erase some distracting elements. It makes such a subtle change but it makes a HUGE visual difference by making the focal... Read More

Top 5 tools to use in PicMonkey

I want to share these Top 5 tools to use in PicMonkey. For those of you out there using Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, WordPress, etc. and should I ask, who isn’t using any of those? Anyways, I hope my little list can come in handy for you. Specially for those of you that are still resisting learning Photoshop. Also, have I mentioned PicMonkey is FREE? Yes! FREE! (FYI they will start a premium paid option soon booo!). Here are the... Read More