Week 2- Sevendust, ‘Ugly’

Things you’ve done have set you back in time,
I think about the way we lived our life was it yours or mine?
Why can’t you tell me?
(I can)
I had a feeling
(You’d crawl on your knees)
To punish me,

It’s hard to keep you by my side,
Haunted by the vision,
Too ugly
For one day,
Go live your life,

Sick of all the ways I try to change
To keep the promises we made all over again
Can’t you see?
I’m gonna try to live again
(Why Can’t)
You give me the reason
(Why can’t you just see)
Misery
(Set us free)

It’s hard to keep you by my side,
Haunted by the vision,
Too ugly,
For one day,
You tried to keep me far behind,
Caught by indecision,
Too ugly,
If only you’d live your life,

Haunted by the vision ,
(Haunted by the vision)
Too ugly,
(Too ugly, too ugly)

It’s hard to keep you by my side,
Haunted by the vision,
Too ugly,
For one day,
You tried to keep me far behind,
Caught by indecision,
Too ugly,
If only you’d live your life.

Week 1- ‘The Feel Again (Stay)’ by Blue October

I see the sun go down on the river
I feel the wind blow, I would’ve stayed to gray
I feel the air around you, it’s kinda closing in
Do you feel it fall or do you feel at all? I can.

I see the world keep moving as I stumble
They seem to move much faster than me
And while I sit in my four cornered room, dividing hearts for our little girl
While I can’t be anything but who I am

And I wish you’d stay
Well that was the beginning of the two of us, the start of our show
Stay stay stay
No I would never have let go

And I see the sun go up as your image
And I feel the weight of your eyes as you stare
I feel it all when you, when you first, when you kissed my lips
You used to make me feel at home, you made me feel at home, you made me feel again

Oh that’s when you used to say will you stay and not let go
That was just the two of us to think about, the stars of our show
And you would say I wish you’d stay and I’d never go
Oh I would never have let go!

So take this heart of mine
You’ve taken it a hundred thousand times
But this time, this time I’m gonna take it with me

I see the door close down behind you
I watch your face turn from glow to straight gray
I see the moon go up and it shines this glory on my face
Who will know? Who will know? Who will know!
How we would stay and we should stay and never go
There’s just three of us to think about now in our show, our show, our show
And I think we’d stay, we’d just stay, and then we’d know
That we should never let go oh oh
Something to think about oh… in our heart of hearts
Just look into those big brown eyes and you’d just fall apart
Maybe we should stay, we should stay, at least she’d know
That we should never have let go
No, no, let go, go… oh

I wish you’d have stayed
I wish you’d have stayed…

Hair Brushes

Ideal for adding texture and definition to hair, these are very useful brushes by ~AngelinaResource on DeviantArt. I find the best way to use them is to choose a darker base/root colour, then use these brushes in a lighter tone over the top, like you can see in the submission image above. Alternatively, you can use them in white in ‘overlay’ mode for images that have more lighting.

 Download: http://angelinaresource.deviantart.com/art/AR-Brushes-Painting-Hair-86592847

NOTE: Be sure to check out the creator’s usage rules on the download page! All credit, including the submission image, goes to ~AngelinaResource

Night Lights by m-ajinah

This is a wonderful brush set that contains a great selection of subtle light/bokeh brushes. They’re perfect for adding atmospheric lighting to a piece of artwork or photography! Seriously, don’t look any further for brushes like these; there is such a variety you won’t need any more. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a working link to the creator’s page, but m-ajinah deserves a round of applause for these.

 Download: http://qbrushes.net/photoshop-abstract-brushes/night-light-brush/

NOTE: These brushes are not commercially licensed and all credit, including the submission image, goes to m-ajinah

RLK’s Personal Favourite

These are my absolute miracle brushes. Yup, these ‘Skin Care’ brushes by ~KeepWaiting on DeviantArt are the brushes I use most often. The first two brushes in the pack are super-soft and super versatile.. this isn’t an ad for a floor mop, I swear T^T  Anyway, the subtle brushes are wonderful for artists such as myself, who like to build pieces up in lots of strokes and layers. When my friends ask me for advice on getting a certain effect in Photoshop I nearly always recommend these brushes.

 Download: http://keepwaiting.deviantart.com/art/Skin-Care-v2-Photoshop-Brushes-125078539

NOTE: These brushes are not commercially licenced and all credit, including the submission image, goes to ~KeepWaiting

doPDF

While desperately seeking a graphic design job last year, I decided to build a creative CV in Photoshop. Problem was, the pages were saved as images and I couldn’t paste them into Word without them doing that annoying moving-around-for-no-reason thing. That’s when I remembered that some of the comics I’d edited were released as PDFs. I came across doPDF and it really was a miracle worker; you can convert multiple images or pages of text by simply going to ‘Print’ and selecting doPDF as the printer. It will go through the usual on screen processes of actual printing, but the end result is a PDF stored in the doPDF folder. Genius!

One thing I should point out: I originally downloaded doPDF on my old computer, then downloaded the updated version on my new computer. For some reason the pages all turn out landscape in the newer version (version 7 I think). It may have been fixed since but it’s worth checking out just in case.

 Download here: http://www.dopdf.com/

Photoscape

While it may look a little basic here, Photoscape is actually a really good program for editing and handling images. It has the typical editing tools of any photo editor, but has so much more to offer. You can make high quality animated GIFs without any watermarks, arrange multiple photos on a page with preset layouts, and… well, I think you should just see for yourself. For a free program, it really is good to have. All of the animated GIFs you see on my other sites were animated using Photoscape.

 Download here: http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/download.php

Greenshot

Greenshot is a great screenshot program for PC. See I use both PCs and MACs, and one thing I found is that the screenshot functions on a MAC are much more convenient. All you have to do is press either cmd+3 (full screen) or cmd+4 (custom selection) and the capture is automatically saved to the desktop. With PCs, on the other hand, the capture is saved to the clipboard and then has to be pasted into Paint or a similar program, then manually saved to wherever you want; if you need to do multiple screenshots, this becomes very time consuming and quite annoying. Greenshot is the answer.

Using Greenshot, PC users now have the ability to take a screenshot and have it auto-saved to a destination of their choice. It works in the background and is very easy to configure. Hope you find it as useful as I do!

 Download here: http://getgreenshot.org/