Friday, December 17, 2021

Wonder what all the big fuss is with Artificial Intelligence?

 Don’t quite know what artificial intelligence does to make artwork and photos look incredible? You’re not alone. When someone says, “AI” or “artificial intelligence,” it often leaves people scratching their heads. AI will make your life much easier. 

What does it do exactly? It looks at a photo and uses information it already has (and is constantly updating as it learns) to improve and make your images beautiful. It's not always perfect, but as time goes by it gets better and better. If you combine a great software for AI with something like Adobe products or Affinity products, you'll improve your products immensely. 

One of the tools we use to make our images and photos “breathtaking” is Luminar AI. The company that makes that software will soon be releasing their newest AI software called NEO. Are you tired of having electrical wires and telephone lines in your landscape photos? That’s only one of the newest features of this AI software. 

They’re having a holiday sale, too! 60% off: 

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Curious about that website that acts weird?

Hello and hope you're having a really great day. I was thinking about this today because my mouse goes bonkers on this one website I use all the time. What is going on there?

Ever wonder if your favorite website is serving up a dish of malware for you?

Here's a tip for you about a question you may have when you visit one of your favorite websites. Is it acting weird lately? Want to find out if there's malware being served up every single time you visit that site? Here's one way to find out: 

Type the following:

For example, if you are wondering if something might be amiss on a site like, 
type this in your browser:

Think you might have malware on your PC? Here's an article that might help:

Monday, August 30, 2021

Are you thinking about learning Procreate?

Hey ya'll...

I've had Procreate on my iPad for about 7 or more years now. I never liked it before now, but it's become a really important artist tool for many artists. Though I still love a program called "Sketchclub" and of course my first love: Photoshop, it's always a good thing to know several tools. They all do things a little different. Here's a great tutorial you might like. I loved it. It was very thorough and easy to follow: 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

My Computer Won't Connect To My Seagate External Hard Drive [SOLVED!]

 Hello, friends. 

My IT background makes me want to fix things all the time, and when the spousal complaints about an 8 Terabyte hard drive by Seagate grew louder in our studio, it was time to solve that prickly problem. 

Lo and behold, there are thousands of people all over the world with the same, exact problem. Weird things would happen when they tried to connect to an external drive they had purchased from Seagate. 

It didn't even matter if they had a MAC or a Windows PC. The same headaches dragged on for them, sometimes for years. 

I finally fixed ours, and I wanted to share it with any of you who are struggling with a similar issue. 

First, let's talk about the problems people are seeing. Maybe yours is among them. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Best Free Photography Editing Apps


 This is a great article from Petapixel about the best free photo editing apps out there:



They also wrote a great article about alternatives to Photoshop that are free or much less expensive: 


Best Photoshop Alternatives





Thursday, May 20, 2021

Artificial Intelligence And What It Can Do

 We work a lot with artificial intelligence tools, and it is fast becoming something you just can't ignore. Here's an example of an old photo of a Senator named Charles Sumner. This photo had a lot of things wrong with it from the beginning, and using several of our favorite AI tools we were able to improve it a whole lot. 

For fun, we fed this photo into an Artificial Intelligence tool called Remini and were able to create a moving face with it. Check this out: 

You can see the amazing results of this particular vintage image here on our store. Incredible what these tools can now do: 

Monday, April 12, 2021

My Favorite Photoshop Shortcuts


I've been using Photoshop for about 20 years now, and I've hesitated for a long time to become well-versed in shortcuts. 

 After upgrading my Wacom tablet, I more and more started using shortcuts that long-time users have used for years. 

 I wanted to share some of them with you, because they are fast becoming my favorite thing about Adobe Photoshop CC 2021. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: You don't have to have the latest version of Photoshop to use these. Anything CS6 and above will accommodate, and some of the even earlier versions have been using these shortcuts for over 20 years.