Hi & welcome to my PS blog! This blog is for full PS although some steps will also work in PSE. Most actions, unless stated are not PSE compatiable. I do try to make an action for PSE from time to time. I hope you have fun here and learn some things along the way. If you have any questions, just drop me a comment! :O)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hi and welcome...

This is my first post on the new Photoshop (PS) blog and I'm very excited! First a little about me... I'm Crystal aka Momaziggy! This is my husband & I taken this month in Vegas at Supercross. WAHOO James Stewart!

I’m a SAHM to two AWESOME girls. This is Haylee… our 7 year old who is finishing up 2nd grade. When did THAT happen? She’s our quiet shy one.

And this is Avyree aka Nugget. She’s 2 and is our wild child!

And this shot pretty much sums up my life as a mom. My quiet Haylee clinging to me and Avyree trying to break away and my camera & Zebra Zoom in hand. Ah....you gotta love life!

So where did it all start? Photography & photo editing have become a deep passion in my life. The love affair started back in Jan 08 when I started making sigs on the GREAT board SMFB on iVillage. Anne was the BEST CL and taught me so much. I loved making sigs but what I really loved was editing the photos for the sigs. It was the editing that drove me. And as I learned more about editing (although looking back I really didn’t know anything lol), I found that I was becoming frustrated with the quality of my photos. So June 30th last year I purchased my first DSLR. I bought a Canon XSi. An entry level DSLR. At that time I just wanted better quality Auto shots and maybe I’d play a little bit with some of the other modes. Well that didn’t last long. I was instantly hooked! I dove in head first.
I learned everything I could. In this time my DEAR friend Amanda Ward (also a photographer and when her site debuts, you’ll get to see it here) encouraged me to jump from PSP9 to PSCS3. I thought I could do everything I needed in this little PSP program. But once I got my hands on PSCS3, I realized what a difference a program could make. So I was now throwing myself into learning photography and PSCS3. And the passion really took off from there!

Fast forward to today. I am a photography & editing JUNKIE and it’s a crazy obsession. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll agree! I do this for the love of it, not to make money. I love the art of it and I love the technical stuff. I now have PSCS4 and couldn’t be happier with it! Powerful amazing program that you can do pretty much anything you want in.

For the first time in my life I have a passion…something that drives me, something my blonde brain can retain (lol) and something that makes me feel like more than just a mom. Not that it's not rewarding...well I don't have to explain myself to you girls. If you're a mom you know what I'm saying. I finally have * my thing * and I’m enjoying the ride…not the debt tho! Ha!

Now I’m getting ready to upgrade cameras. The need for this Canon 5D Mark II has taken on a life of it’s own. I want it more than I want Orange Chicken from Panda Express. And for those of you who know me…THAT’S BIG! :O)

So I wanted a place and outlet to post about my crazy PS obsession because I don’t think my husband or friends can handle it anymore. I wanted a place to share and help…to pay it forward. When I first started I was LOST…and I mean LOST. Especially with photography. So whatever I can give back to others who want to learn to get better end results from their SOOC shots, I’m happy to do.

I don’t know a lot yet…notice the YET…but what I do know I want to pass on. And I’m obsessed about learning and am brought so much joy in sharing.

So I hope this blog will serve as a good resource for others and help them the way I was helped along the way.

I’ll be posting tuts on techniques that I already know and techniques that I learn. I have a couple workshops I want to take (MCP Actions workshops) for color correcting and using curves to their fullest potential. I'll be sharing great sites that have helped me and given me inspiration. I'll post little tips and tricks that are quick and easy. And I’ve started recording a few action sets that I want to share and will always share the ones I make in the future. I just have to figure out the best way to share them.

So bear with me as I get this all figured out.

This is going to be FUN!


Colleen Hazlehurst May 14, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

Crystal, thanks again for sharing your knowledge. You have taught me a TON already, and you don't even know me. You make it so easy. I really appreciate your passion and generosity. And I look forward checking your blog often.

Tampa, FL

angie warren May 14, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

i loooooooooove it! the header is great! loved reading a bit more about you and your darling family :) i'll add this to my reader... can't wait to see what all you post!

Mireya May 14, 2009 at 6:03 PM  

I LOVE IT CHICA! Thanks for sharing all your goodies w/us! You rock!

Anne May 15, 2009 at 12:32 AM  

I got a mention! Woohooo! :oD

I'm bookmarking you, Crystal!

jennalou May 15, 2009 at 7:10 AM  

Hi... found you via 2Peas. Can't wait to see what you all have to share!

CandyW May 15, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

I love seeing what you have done with these actions - I have just gotten started using them, and trying to learn more about PS. I only have CS2, but want to upgrade soon. Can't wait to see your future posts!

Kelly May 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

I will be following! :-)

Pamela May 16, 2009 at 5:57 AM  

Awesome blog mama!
You totally summed up this amazing passion/obsession!!! Its something thats "MY thing" - my only hobby however it relates and fits in SO perfect to our life! You rock girl.

Tanya May 16, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

I'm so excited to follow your blog! Your tuts on iv are awesome, so now I have one more place to read awesome-ness!!!

momaziggy May 18, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

I just wanted to thank EVERYONE for the warm welcome and responses. I hope that I am able to to post things that are helpful and fun! I want everyone to love editing as I do and know how much fun it can be! :o)

Kevin & Ashley September 1, 2009 at 10:35 PM  

I am soooo excited you are doing this blog! I have been trying so hard to learn photoshop but with twin babies...finding the time is sooo hard! so THANK YOU!!!

Unknown January 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM  

Stunmbled by chance on your site and decided to read your first posit. E ause I'm exactly where you are at now! I'm not a stay At home mom, but have two kids that greatly inspire me to capture their moments. Ilooke forward to reading your blog entries. ;$

momaziggy January 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM  

I'm so glad you came across my blog. I hope you find some things that are helpful to you. I don't post a ton on this blog, only when I have something specific to share. But I hope you keep coming back. Happy New Year!

Anonymous January 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM  

Hi Crystal :) After falling down the rabbit hole that is blogland, I found myself here. Your shots are gorgeous. I am a newbie photographer (ha...) who is just trying to figure out my camera outside of Auto mode. I'm interested in purchasing an editing program and have been debating between PSCS and PSE... (Should I go for broke and get PSCS?) I think I will be spending lots of time on your blog once I get going! A couple of questions though- I have no idea what a lot of your acronyms mean - would you be willing to enlighten me - assuming you even see this 3.5 years after the original post? What is a sig? What is a CL? SMFB? SOOC? Is it important that I know these things? I'm looking forward to spending lots of time on your blog! I'm just sad that I'm getting started after I just sent my one and only off to college this year. I wish I had caught the bug years ago!


momaziggy January 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM  

Hi Kaille. So glad you came across my blog! I still get all my notifications via email! :)

Congrats on deciding to jump from Auto and learn what you can do with your camera. It will be a hard long journey...but I PROMISE it will be worth it!

I would say that you'd be fine to start with the most recent PSE that is available which I think is 8. The full version is great and there are more action options for it. But there is no need to spend that kind of money in the beginning! If you have a student in college (friend or child)or you are or know a teacher, you can get a discount on full PS & PSE. You only get 3 downloads with these versions and no discounts when upgrading to a newer version of PS. But it saves a TON of money, especially if you want the full version. That's how I got PSCS4. I didn't pay $600-$700 on it. I got the student edition and am able to load it onto 3 computers. Who needs it on more than 3 right...lol! I wouldn't want to calibrate 3 monitors anyway and only have it on my desktop! :)

The acronyms are all unrelated to photography with the exception of SOOC. That means straight out of camera. You'll often see before & after images of edits and sometimes they say "before & after" sometimes "SOOC & after". Means the same thing. Basically no edits. If you shoot jpeg there are some edits that the camera does where if you shoot RAW, it is a digital negative and there are no in camera edits! If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous January 25, 2013 at 6:45 PM  

Hi Crystal - thanks so much for the reply :) I am so eager to really learn how to use my camera. Between my user's manual, my "For Dummies" book, and all the great online resources, I'm hoping I can learn a lot, and I hope I can develop a good eye. I'll look into the discounts for PSE and PSCS - hopefully with a kid in college I can finagle something. Did you order your software online, or buy it in a box? So nice to know you can put it on up to 3 computers.

I've got your first post bookmarked so that I can start from the beginning. I'm looking forward to the journey!

Have a wonderful weekend with your family,


momaziggy January 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM  

My pleasure! I personally would buy the disk. I'd want to have it with me always. You can actually buy it at most colleges in the student store!

You have a wonderful weekend as well! :)

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About my PS Blog

Hi, my name is Crystal and I am addicted to Photoshop. I have PSCS4 and it's my other half. I love photography, but sometimes I think it's a means to edit!

So I thought it would be fun to have a place to post the free action sets I record, tips and tricks that I learn in PS and tuts for various different types of photo editing.

I hope you enjoy and find my PS blog helpful and if you have any questions, leave me a comment with your questions and your email address and I will get back to you!

Happy editing!

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I am a stay at home to 2 great girls. My older daughter Haylee just started middle school and my younger daughter Avyree is in 1st grade! I have been married 11 years to my hubs Eric. I got my first DSLR June 31, 2008 and have been hooked ever since! My style is primarily Lifestyle! I like to take a natural and real life approach to my images! I want them to remind me of WHO my girls were when they were little, not just what they looked like. I love to edit and my editing style is always evolving and changing! I like variety and photography is a means to edit! I shoot Canon (full frame) and almost only primes. I pull out my wide angle zoom from time to time! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like our story...
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