Friday, January 6, 2012


I will admit right off the bat, I am cheating.  I told you all that I was going to participate in Life with My 3 Boybarians’ P52 and MCP Actions’ Project 12.  Well this time I am killing two birds with one stone.  Both prompts are “Resolution”.  So I thought I would submit the same picture for both.  You know because…well just because.  You would do it, too.  Admit it.  ;)

Happy Scale

I am never happy with my weight or my body lately.  I have that last 10 pounds to lose and I just regress if I even get close.  I actually used to be 40 pounds heavier than I am now.  So I have to remind myself that I have come a long way.  It is a journey and while I strive for a goal it doesn’t mean I can’t be happy along the way.


I wanted to share info behind the shot because so many people don’t and I want to know it on other sites.  If you are interested in the “other stuff” here it is: 

Shot with my 50mm 1.8 lens; f/3.2; 1/100s; ISO 640.

I used Photoshop to make the smile on the display.  I selected the Ellipse Tool and created a shape that was similar to one piece of a digital display.  Then I made 5 more exactly the same.  I arranged them to look like a digital smile. 

To make it look a tad more realistic I double clicked the layer that the ellipses were on and the Layer Style window pops up.  As you can see below, I clicked the drop shadow option and color overlay option.  I selected the color to be the same color as the black surrounding the display. 

Layer Style

I know kind of cheesy, but this was my very first time manipulating an image like this.  What do you think?  I think it is kind of funny.

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  1. I think it is awesome!! Great job on the editing! and happy with only 10 lbs to lose--

  2. I have photoshop and have lately been just stuck on basic fixes etc. without trying to learn anything new. And it is such a huge program with seemingly endless possibilities! I am going to try new things too! You have convinced me!!

  3. Love it :) Lucky you only have 10! I have about 4 times that :( But Im doin it :) Cool photo :)

  4. I think it's great. I would have no clue how to do that in Photoshop ;)

  5. I love the socks!! And the smiley face =), good luck with the weight loss

  6. SUCH a cute picture. I love the smiley face. I haven't been commenting much, but I still read all the time. Someday I'll be back in a regular rotation. i liked your blog about not commenting a lot yourself. I'm the same way right now. Have a great weekend!!

  7. I love the picture. It looks like you had fun doing it.

  8. It's awesome that's what I think...I don't have photoshop,but I wish I did...I LOVE that you add your settings and editing information...I too have cheated...I'm in P52 & a 365 and used the same pic...

    On my picture with the manger, I use Picnik...
    Under the effects button I chose the soften option..I used 100% to soften the entire picture and 0% fading...Took my brush and just clicked on the manger part to sharpen just that...Hope that makes sense...

    I'm going to check out that other challenge you are doing...

    Lord bless...

  9. Wish my scale would smile at me, digitally enhance or not, ha! Love the socks.

  10. I think it's great that you're participating in both! I'm going to have to check out MCP 2012, too. I look fwd to your P52 posts.

  11. I'm impressed with how you made the smile! Very creative!

  12. That is an awesome picture! Cool idea!

  13. I love it! And you inspired me to actually join in ;)

  14. i love that the scale is smiling at you! wish mine didn't groan in protest every time i stepped on it! ;^)

    great post on how you manipulated the edit. thanks for sharing!

  15. HA! I wish I could just get a scale that would smile at me without photoshop. :) It just screams for me to get off of it! So happy to see you joining these challenges- with such a huge turn out for both- it's nice to see some familiar faces in the mix too.

  16. That is so cool! When I first saw the picture, I thought it was off of photobucket or something! It's looks so professionally done!

  17. I think this is an awesome shot--great job with the image manipulation!

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