Cat Slug W.I.P. and New Photoshop Trick I Learned!

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Well it isn’t really new — just new for me.

I really wanted to sell a Die-Cut wall hanging on Curioos, but it’s a submission type thing, they have to approve the artwork before it gets posted. Technical stuff.

I tried to submit once, it didn’t make it. 😛

So I am going to try again.

I’ve been trying to clean this piece every free time I get:

(The screenshots that I’m including here were taken after the whole editing process is done)

and so I would do the things I know to do it:

  • adjust colors
  • adjust exposure, gamma, etc
  • adjust curves
  • erase/patch up the mess that’s not supposed to be there
  • erase the background and make a separate layer underneath for a cleaner background

But then I had to “create a precise path”* in my artwork and cut it out.

So I did what I normally do. I use the pen tool to make a path that traces my artwork.

Because it is really painstaking to do precisely, I decided to search for other ways. . .

It turns out you can actually convert your current selection into a work path.

So I just go to the Select menu, choose Load Selection, click OK, and then, while the selection is active and using any of the selection tools (marquee tools, lasso tool, magic wand tool), right-click on the selection and choose Make Work Path and then choose Tolerance value. See details of the process here.

Voila! My very bumpy-edged selection became a very complicated work path!

see how complicated this is: too many anchor points. definitely need to adjust still.

You can see the work path in the Paths window. You can also rename the path for organizational purposes.

Then I just delete some paths or extra shapes that got made through the process that I don’t need to include. I need to adjust some too, but I’d do that next time. It will still be a bit painstaking but this is a lot better than tracing your image manually. When I was tracing the image, I think it took me a lot of hours and I’m still not done yet.

 

One day I looked for ways to make “whites”** transparent because I’ve made an account for TeePublic and the art that they require were transparent pngs.

I also wondered how Society6 can make jpgs transparent in their shirt mockups.

After searching the net, I found that you have to use adjustment layers and make a selection before the artwork becomes transparent.

I have not used or encountered adjustment layers before. We were only taught very very basic Photoshop back in college and that was a very long time ago. Most of the things I’ve learned I got from the internet and friends.

This one is new to me although I have seen the term under the layer menu more than once.

So I tried it with this artwork.

 

Step One,

Add a Saturation/Hue adjustment layer.

Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

 

 

Step Two, 

Add Invert adjustment layer and then a Curves adjustment layer.

Invert adjustment layer

Curves adjustment layer

 

Step Three,

CTRL + A to select everything and CTRL + SHIFT + C to  copy. Add a layer mask to your original image, ALT + Click the layer mask and then paste what you copied in there.

The final product will look like this:

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More details here. . . because this really not a tutorial, I am just sharing what I have learned. . .  plus I am really sleepy. haha. The actual tutorial is in the link.

 

I hope that, after I finish cleaning up my work, this piece will finally get accepted for Die Cut prints. *crossing my fingers*

 

*says the CURIOOS Die-Cut Prints Submission Program guide.

**I mean the background. Only applicable when the background is white or otherwise extremely light compared to the artwork.

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4 Years

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Today this blog turns 4 years old.

Luckily I have some free time on my hands.

I have failed to post about the stuff I said I would post about. . .

Okay, I’ll just put it in here:

  • Update #1:

One day (September 9), I received an invite from TeePublic inviting me to join their site. They’ve come across my “Cat Person” design and went on to explain how I could earn with them than on Society6.

 “Society6 pays designers $2.20 royalties and we pay $4.00  What’s more, shirts on Society6 are priced at $22 while they are  $20 onTeePublic. That means you make more money selling your shirt for less, which increases volume. We also will mark down new designs to $14 for the first 72 hours to give you a boost and feature your entire store for $14 once you build out your collection.

Higher quality: Bottom line is that TeePublic preps every art file by hand before it goes to print, we color match each art file and then check each print when it comes off the line. We guarantee we have the highest quality art prints and fabrics of any platform because we take the time to make sure we get it right.”

Hmmm. Very interesting. I decided I wanna try it — since it’s better to have a lot of shops – more chances of selling — but I just did not have the time back then….

  • Update #2:

I have been interested in this site: Curioos.com. It’s a print-on-demand site that focuses on selling quality wall art pieces. They were invite-only or you’ll have to apply and get your artworks chosen by the curators before you can sell your art there.

I planned on applying. . . since I thought I’d never get an invite cause I see a lot of really great art pieces there.

One day (September 17), I received an invite from one of the independent curators who work with them. She said she saw my portfolio on this blog and she thinks my work will be a great fit in their gallery! I can’t believe it. I was so excited I made an account right away and uploaded some of my abstract paintings. I didn’t want to sell any of my portrait work because they belong to the owners of the faces I drew.

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Visit my Curioos shop here!

. . .

September 17. . . That day I never expected that after just ten days me and my brother’s cat would pass away. I miss him every single day. The sadness never really goes away. I just get distracted by life. 😥

  • Update #3:

But I am very thankful I get distracted by work that I enjoy.

I’m currently a designer for Saturday AM and I love every minute of it. 😀

Saturday AM is filled with very talented and passionate young comic creators.

If you love shonen manga with a lot of diversity, please check them out and subscribe!

  • Update #4:

Just before writing this blog post, I have just finished designing something for my mom.

That something I shall reveal in the right time. 😉

. . . But it is something I am very excited about.

. . .

It’s funny cause back in the day I always say or tell people who ask that I am not a graphic artist/designer. I forgot how fun it is to do these things. But I guess it’s only ever fun when you’re working on fun stuff or fun products.

(In the same way, I never tell people that I am a blogger. . . because that might cause people to think that I earn money blogging — I don’t. Although of course, I wish I do. Because who wouldn’t want to get paid to blab about things you’re passionate about? Technically, I am only a “blogger” simply because I blog: I post in a blog

I just remembered going to a party where most of the guests were makeup/beauty bloggers. One of them asked if I blog too and I said no.)

Overall, I am happy where I am right now, although I still haven’t reached my goals in life, this is okay.

This blog helped me get through life. . . in a way. It helped me express myself. I didn’t even expect any followers and likes but I did get them and I’m thankful for all of it. I’m happy to know that there are people who appreciate my art and the things that I do and this blog helped me realize that.

. . . although I wish my art could reach those people who likes my art enough to actually buy them. —-That will be my Christmas wish this year.

Yes. I wish. Cause I need more money.

I said it.

Hahahaha.

And this concludes my blog post for the Fourth Anniversary of my definitely not famous blog. 

4 Years =  4 Updates! OH MY GOSH, WHY DIDN’T I NOTICE THAT?


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This offer is only available now until May 31, 2016 midnight PST.

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