I love dabbling in Photoshop Elements to create unique DIY gifts. Recently our family was blessed with another baby boy. For me, he is my SEVENTH great nephew and they named him Wesley. I love it when parents come up with names that are nice and not too common. As a “welcome to the family” gift, I decided to create a baby name piece artwork as I had done for his older brother, Liam.
For, Liam, I found a really GREAT Flickr site where the owner has created a collection of pictures for each letter. (NOTE: These photos are for NON-commercial use only). I had an odd shaped rectangular frame, 8″ x 16″, on hand that was perfect. Using the letter photos, I created a unique photo alphabet print of his name to fit the frame. The parents loved it.
For Wesley, I did not have a long narrow frame so decided to be more conventional and create something 8×10. And rather than a birth announcement, I would just create a cute name graphic.
I tried to find a cute whale image (as in W is for Whale) but I failed. However, I did find this cute train graphic via Google and I loved the colours. Once loaded it into Photoshop Elements, I played around with different fonts and came up with this.
After selecting the graphic, the process took me about 30 minutes to complete. The best part is now that I have the layered Photoshop file which can be easily modified for any new babies who come along…
I have had a love of photography for decades and I once worked at IBM in a technical and software support role. So it seemed natural for me to feel comfortable dabbling in Photoshop. My Photoshop skills have been self taught over the past 10 to 12 years. The “self taught” part is evident by the dozen or so Photoshop Elements books I own and the number of great online tutorials I have bookmarked.
Once I get an idea I like (that part takes forever!), I love diving in and experimenting. For me, these two baby name projects were extremely simple. Someday I will post some of the tougher stuff I have worked on when my Miss Nice was in competitive dance. I was a very popular mom at the studio because the dancers and dance moms loved that I could extract the dancer and add a new background and song lyrics, fog or whatever they wanted. Those projects took time but I loved it. Here’s an example of one of my favourite lyrical dances Miss Nice performed in 2010. I loved the song, the costume the dance … the whole package.
The original photo was a stage shot with a black floor, stage curtains and banners hanging in the background. To create this picture, there were 13 layers and various techniques, many of which I ‘ve probably forgotten. This photo is one of many on our gallery wall . Every time I pass it, it brings back great memories of her years of dancing.