"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Experiments with PanosFX Photoshop Actions

Panos (panosfx.com) has some new Photoshop actions that create some interesting effects.  I've just started playing with them.  Here are a couple of things I've done so far.  First, an antique design with a frilly edge for a photo with some folds visible.

And using an old action to produce a tablet and a newer one to transform a photo into bars with the newest one to animate things, we get the following.

Friday, March 17, 2017

PanosFX Puzzles Actions for Photoshop

PanosFX.com has a new set of PS actions making all kinds of 3D puzzles.  Here's a go at the spiral puzzle.  Rather interesting, I think.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

New PanosFX Photoshop Actions

Getting acquainted with a new set of Photoshop Actions from www.PanosFX.com  Here are some of my first uses of some actions in the set.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Playing Around on Thanksgiving

Trying out a new Photoshop Action from Panosfx.com and testing the new version (6.0) of Filter Forge.  A little light added from AutoFX.  After a spell of no playing with Photoshop due to a major computer crash that took over 2 weeks to fix, I've gotten things working and enough programs loaded to enjoy life.  So, here's a little experiment.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In The Beginning - Chaim Potok

I recently reread In The Beginning by Chaim Potok.  [If you haven't read all of Potok's books, you're missing immeasurable treasures.]  In the book one of the characters makes the following statement:

People exist by virtue of the help they give to one another.  That's what I believe.  Helping people improves the helped person's life and keeps the helping person human.  I know how much rottenness there is in people.  If I though only of the ugliness inhuman beings, I would despair.  So I try also to remind myself of the many people in this world who help one another.

That's something we need to hear and heed in the messed up world we're experiencing these days.  With the current election shenanigans we really need to remind ourselves of the many people who help one another.  And we need to be among that cohort.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The Road Worst Traveled

Jesus calls us to choose between His straight and narrow way or the broad path of the world.  

Most of us try to keep a foot in each path.  At first the going is easy.  But as the paths diverge more and more it becomes harder and harder to proceed. 

It's difficult to walk while doing the splits.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

New Photoshop Action from PanosFX

Just playing with an action from the new Photoshop action set from panosfx.com.  Couldn't resist a few bad puns in the final image.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Unbelievable 3D Art

A friend of mine e-mailed me the following:

Artist John Pugh does it again and again!
3D murals painted on the sides of buildings by Trompe L'oeil (trick-of-the-eye) artist John Pugh:
Main Street , Los Gatos , California . Even the woman peering into the ruin is part of the mural.
Taylor Hall, California State University , Chico , California . The Doric-style columns are actually nothing but paint.
Honolulu , Hawaii . This mural took two months of studio work to plan and another six months to execute with the help of 11 other artists. Featured are Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands , and Duke Kahanamoku, the ultimate father of surfing. Even the stairs and of course, the sightseers, are part of the mural. Hard to believe this isn't 3-D. Check out the wave at the top. The fake skylight. Wow!
This mural at the Cafe Trompe L'oeil, San Jose , California , is entitled "Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life."This customer doesn't leave at closing time. And, there is no doorway or stairs to go through or climb... and the statue never needs dusting.
Twenty-nine Palms, California . Valentine the bull and a patient buzzard are waiting for the artist to awake. No way... yep, way. This is all painting. Check along the base of the wall and you can see the seam between the vertical wall and the paved parking lot. How real can it get. Just outstanding. 
Looks like a nice spot to rest your weary feet on a sidewalk in front of the Sarasota County Health Center, Florida.
Bay in a Bottle, Santa Cruz , California .. The passerby is part of the mural.
"Slowing Down to Take a Look" in Winslow , Arizona .. Included, of course, is "a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford slowing down to take a look at me." 
Artist John Pugh 
Some say he has a screw loose-don't you wish you did too.

I don't know about you, but I'm impressed.  I would love to see these in real life.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

New Action from Panos

Panos has a new photoshop action set that makes vinyl records (45 rpm and 33 1/3 rpm) as well as CDs.  Here is a CD example done as a test.

Friday, May 15, 2015

New FREE Actions From PanosFX.com

Panos over at PanosFX.com has a couple of new FREE Photoshop actions.  I've just tested them quickly on a couple photos and they're rather interesting.

If you play with Photoshop, rush over to his free actions page and grab these, among others.