Illuminated Calendar Creation

After a few modifications to the template, I began adding images, moving them around and creating a back and front image for my first calendar that focuses on scenes from the Old Testament Bible.

I’ve often found great public domain images on various sites, such as the US Library of Congress and The British Library. Recently, I came across a link to the later with a huge collection of material, all freely available and stumbled upon a collection they call, “Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts”. Most of these were high-resolution images of pages featuring various illustrations that were both colorful and lavish.

After saving forty or fifty of my favorites, I began thinking of ways I could use these to create a salable publication. Almost the first thing I thought of was as part of a calendar. Obviously, I had already captured enough images to more than fill twelve months in a calendar, so it occurred to me to turn it into a series. So far I have identified at least four, probably ending up with double that.

Rather than using InDesign, I decided to use PowerPoint and quickly found a calendar template. After a few modifications to the template, I began adding images, moving them around and creating a back and front image for my first calendar that focuses on scenes from the Old Testament Bible. Here is a peek at my work so far:


Expected completion and availability for sale by September 2017, in time for holiday gift purchases. Would love to hear what you think of my creation!

How to Create GIF Promos » Redbubble Blog

pizza_party_hillarywhiteRegardless of how you pronounce them, Gifs (or Jifs) are a great way to promote your work on social media. Unlike videos, Gifs are generally short and get right to action, which is ideal for catching the attention of potential fans.

Let’s create a quick gif promo to show how they can help step up your promotional game. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll be using Adobe Photoshop. However, any image editor that allows for the creation of gifs should have similar tools and methods.

Step 1: The first thing you want to do is decide what kind of animation you would like to have. For example, in the image above the animation is very simple. Complex animations mean more frames in the Gif, which can increase the file size quickly.

Step 2: Now that all the layers are ready, it’s time to prepare the animation. Open up the Timeline editor from the “Window” menu. Once the timeline opens up, click the button that says “Create Frame Animation”. In newer versions of Photoshop you can create and edit videos, however for the purposes of making a simple animated Gif, frame animation is the way to go.

Step 3: Now that everything is setup it’s time to animate. From the animation menu choose “Create Frame”, or you can also choose the “Duplicate Frame” from the toolbar. In order to make it look like the mice are dropping down, we need to create the first and last frame of the animation.

Step 4: Now that Frame 1 and 2 is setup, acting as the first and final frame of the animation, it’s time for tweening. Select both frames by holding shift, and then click the “Tweens Animation Frames” button in the toolbar. In the popup window, you can choose how many new frames to add. As there is already 2 frames, we are going to add 3 frames. The more frames you have the smoother your animation will be, however we know we’re going to add some more frames for other effects, so 5 total frames for this animation is good.

Step 5: Now let’s create a new layer at the very top with some text. When you add new layers to your animation, you’ll notice that the new layer is visible in every frame of your current animation. Instead of editing each frame and hiding this layer, select all of your current frames and turn the visibility of the layer off. Now you can turn the layer on in the frames we want them to be visible. To get the text to show, create a new frame and enable the layer. It will now show up once the mice drop down in the animation.

Finish: Once you have your gif finished, go to File>Export>Save for Web, and make sure to choose gif from the preset drop-down. From this window you can see the current size dimensions and filesize. Since this promo is going to be used on social media, 1080px x 1080px will work quite well for Instagram, Facebook, and more. You can also optimize your gif settings, which can help lower the filesize. Before saving you can preview your gif and even change the looping options.

For more complete instructions and graphics, see source article: How to Create GIF Promos » Redbubble Blog

No Small Parts…Just Small Minds

We all have our parts to play

No Small Parts, Just Small Minds

We all have our roles our play–parts in the drama of dualistic life on Earth. As children, we dream big, imaging anything and everything that we can this of–it’s all possible. Until, of course, we tell someone–some adult or older child about our dreams.

It’s not that they are “wrong”–they had the same dreams themselves; they also “grew Up” and realized that the world put limitations on what was possible. And, to the extent we believe in those limitations ,they are true. In truth, it is our own minds that create our limitations, downsizing our dreams of what is possible.

In this way, smallness is perpetuated. Once formed, it’s hard to increase the size of our dreams. Baby elephants in a circus are trained to know their limitation of movement by being staked to a fixed point. By the time they’re big enough to pull the puny stake from the ground and escape, they do not even try.

Our minds–or rather the thought that our minds have–hold us captive. Small mindedness captivates humanity, keeping it from fully embracing our greatness and divine potential. We are actually scared to admit it–to ourselves–just how powerful we are.

But, there are no small parts in life to play. Each of us came here to fulfill our divine purpose. we are the ones who assign smallness–lesser authority, power or prestige to these parts. It is your “job”–if you chose to do it–to not accept that you have a small part to play. It is also your responsibility to lift up all those children–of any age–to their personal greatest dream of themselves! Leave smallmindness to others who do not know any better and be the greatest you that you know how to be.

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