The Art of Sandra Busby...
Painter of Playful Light in Glass and Still Life

Friday, 13 July 2012

A great tip for watermarking your images...






I got a little more carried away with this sketch than I normally would.
It comes down to the fact that I used pencil rather than pen. Somehow it just begs to be smudged!
Anyway, I quite enjoyed the change of sketching this way :0)

And the little Moleskin sketchbook that I once hated, is fast becoming a little book of a hundred faces and I really like that! It's also surprising how much you learn about the face when you sketch one several times a week :0)

Anyway, apart from sharing with you just a sketch, I have discovered a new App that I want to tell you about, because I am sure that some of you will find it incredibly useful!

It's a FREE App that can be downloaded from iTunes to your iPad, if you have one.
Its called 'EZY watermark'.

For those of you who like to add a watermark to your images and like me you have been fiddling about with a ridiculously complicated program to do it, you really should try it out.

When I downloaded the App, I couldn't believe how simple it was!

Literally all you do is open the app, choose the photo, write the text you want to use and then drag it to where you want it on the image. You can then use your fingers to re-size it!


There's a little bar to determine how opaque you want the watermark and there is an option to choose from a ton of different fonts and colours! Once it's done, you click save and it automatically saves the newly water-marked image to your photo's.

I can honestly say that to watermark an image from start to finish takes me no more than a minute or two. So if you do have an iPad you should try it out!

Speaking of technical things - I have been noticing that a lot of you have a 'Networked Blogs' gadget on your side bar. 
For such a long time I have been wondering what it actually is.  To tell you the truth, I still don't really know, lol!
But not wanting to be the odd one out, I have also added it to my own side bar. Don't I look lonely, all by myself? 

I found myself doing all sorts of things yesterday, which I have been meaning to do for a long time. I have made a Facebook page 'Sandra Busby Art' and I also joined Pinterest!
You can also see that I have added a 'Pin it' button below my posts, so feel free to pin away if you want to, just as long as you link the image back to my blog so people know where the image came from. I think they call that 'Pin it etiquette', lol!

So, you can follow me if you choose on either of those sites. But bear with me, they are brand new so at the moment there is literally nothing on them!

Anyway, perhaps you have a Facebook page, an arty Twitter account or a Pinterest account that I could follow! Let me know if you do :0)

Before I go, for those of you that missed my interview on Carrie Waller's blog a few months ago, she has put it on again today in one of her 'Best of Friday Feature' posts! You can click here if you would like to see it.

Carrie is a truly gifted Artist and such a warm hearted and genuine person, so I was truly surprised and honoured to be featured on her blog :0)

Anyway, that's it for now. Have a wonderful weekend!

:0)

30 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Sandra! That's funny and true -sketches in pencil are born to be smudged. And I thank you for the great info about watermarking. I've been looking for one for ages.

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    1. Glad to have helped Kathryn! I'm sure you'll find it so helpful! :0)

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  2. That is a great sketch, Sandra, I like the idea of a book of a hundred faces!

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    1. Thank you Judy! It wasn't really meant to be a book of 100 faces - but somehow it has slowly evolved in to one :0)

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  3. Very amazing drawing! Arianna

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  4. Hello

    This is a lovely sketch and I think she looks just like a ballet dancer ready to perform whoever she is!!

    I looked at Pinterest but couldn't work out how to follow and don't have Facebook so I can't follow you there so I will stick to this site. But, hope they get lots of interest!

    Almost Summer holidays if you can call it that, so time for another arty day and a visit to the new studio. But, I am actually quite afraid of this ebroidery piece!! Far too many things in it that will be a first for me.

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    1. You are so right Mam-Mams! She really does look like a ballerina! I hadn't thought of that! Pinterest is like a visual garden of images that people share, which has in some way inspired them. It's great!
      Another creative day would be wonderful - and now you can have your own proper work space in my art room. By the way - you can have my sewing machine if you like :0)

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  5. I am so behind on catching up with blogs! I missed your previous sketchbook post but your sketches look lovely Sandra. And this one especially I like, it captures a great softness and elegance that is beautiful! And that is a helpful tip about the watermarks, although I have mine worked out so it only takes a second, (ok I didn't work it out, my husband did!).

    And I'm so happy to see you succeeding so much with your art!! Huzzah!!

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    1. Thank you so much Crystal! I love her expression and I really enjoyed drawing her. It makes a change from the crudeness of pen!
      Hmm... succeeding? I wouldn't say that just yet, lol! But I am doing my best to try and make it happen. Dream BIG, right? ;0)

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  6. Hello Sandra,
    excellent designs! I really like the sketches, drawings fast with stroke or even those very neat, well finished.
    A good weekend, a hug

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    1. Thank you very much Antonio! :0)

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  7. keep going with your portrait sketches sandra all the best with your new adventures teddy bear prints fb etc liked and following :) ...sandra you can share blog posts on your fb page / page via networked blogs if you want to .

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    1. Jane, you are now officially my personal marketing genius! If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have a Facebook art page, nor would I have known about anyone else's! And now I have just learned how to link my blog posts to my art page! A big thank you to you! :0)

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  8. Excellent sketch, Sandra!! Pencil is definitely the way to go..smudging is SO needed. I love her eyes, shadows and the slight skin color...love it.!

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    1. Thank you Hilda. She was lovely to draw - Oh to have those lovely, pouty lips! :0)

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  9. Terrific sketch, Sandra! You and Crystal have shamed me into sketching a little more often. Thanks for the fabulous tip on watermarks. I'll be downloading that app. Don't you just love how easy Apple has made life:)

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    1. Thank you Carrie! Oh I'd love to see some of your sketches :0)
      I agree about Apple. I couldn't live without my iPad, lol! The only thing I can't do on it is draft out and actual blog post, but I use it for just about everything else! :0)

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  10. Oh I LOVE my Moleskine sketchbook! I just discovered how perfectly it works with all kinds of media during my holidays the past 2 1/2 weeks. Sounds like a great and easy app, especially if you want to avoid Photoshop. Admittedly, I couldn't live without Photoshop anymore, and I created a watermark PNG file there, which I just drag on to my photos. Especially with sites like Pinterest, I think that watermarking your images is a good idea, as links and sources get easily lost. I haven't really figured out yet how to use Networked blogs, even though I have it on my blog too. But I'm going to check out all your new sites - I'm on all of them too (except Twitter, which somehow I just find rather boring).
    Love your portrait! She looks so elegant, and the colouring and smudging works perfectly!

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    1. I'm guessing you have the watercolour version? Mine is the normal one and I don't like it at all, other than for pen and pencil sketches - I find it perfect for those :0)
      I downloaded Photoshop Elements 10 - but I just couldn't get my head around any of it!! Far too complicated for my tiny little brain cell, lol! :0)
      I have only just learned to use Networked blogs. If you click on the logo, you can link your blog posts to your facebook page :0)
      I'm glad you like the sketch - thank you!

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    2. Mine's the normal sketchbook one too, with the thicker paper than the notebooks. It really works with all kinds of mediums, including water soluble ones (except maybe traditional watercolours, although it gives an interesting effect). I have a watercolour notebook too, but I don't like the format so much. Photoshop is very confusing at first, but once you get familiar with it, and learn some tricks, you can't really live without it anymore. At least I can't :)

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    3. It's interesting isn't it, that what suits one Artist, doesn't suit another.
      It was traditional watercolours I was using though and they were really grainy once they dried on the smooth paper. I have a Stillman & Birn Alpha series now, which takes watecolour well. But the Moleskin has really grown on me recenly. I carry it with me everywhere! :0)

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  11. yay... all signed up on FB and that app sounds like a great idea... might be the excuse i need to go and buy an ipad!!!!

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    1. And a great excuse it is too! I LOVE mine! it's an awesome camera as well :0)

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  12. Hello Sandra - have just stumbled upon your lovely blog via Ingrids page and so glad I did, I've been thinking about just that today and not having a clue how to do it - trouble is I haven't got an ipad but my daughter has so not sure if I could maybe do it on hers and then transfer it to my laptop - I'm such a tecnonumpty! I've signed up to your fb page - have no idea what pinterest is???? but sounds interesting so will have a little looky into that too - oh and following your blog too!! Take care, Sharon

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    1. Hi Sharon. It's so lovely to have you has a new follower, thank you! I will email you about the watermark. Take care and thanks again :0)

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  13. Hi Sandra,


    I am eZy watermark developer, Zeeshan. One great tip about watermarking is its rotation. Have a rorate gesture or give the angle and you might be able to do lots of things too.

    There is also an update coming your way with having the facility to add hand made signatures too, just like how you use text or logos as watermark. Maybe in future we will save the location of text/image watermark so even it should not take 1 minutes to add watermark, it should take 1 second to do that :)

    Zeeshan

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    1. That's good to know! Yes, I know you can angle them. It's a great App you have created! I like the idea of a hand written one too :0)

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