It’s Been Way Too Long!

Yes, it has been way too long since I have posted anything!  So, what have I been up to?  Well, I am always busy with daily chores of caring for our 29 year old Tennessee Walking Horse, Master, our Dachshund, Rembrandt, the lawn and flower beds and other typical chores (plus cleaning my brother’s apartment).  I have also spent way too many hours on technology issues, such as antivirus software overhaul and my tablet not working properly (still working on this issue), and I transferred a multitude of photos from our phones to our computer.  I have been going through them trying to organize them as well.  I also did a bit of cleaning and rearranging in the studio.

I have gotten in some painting, although not as much as I would have liked.  One of those projects was a set of bookends a client ordered for her son for Christmas.  I won’t show them now, we will have to wait until he opens them!  I have painted a number of vintage spoons with latex house paint and I have been on a song bird trend that has been extremely popular.

Spoon triangle-Denny Martindale
Northern Cardinals in pine tree, American Goldfinch on Purple Coneflower, and Eastern Bluebird in apple trees  Hand painted vintage spoons, latex house paint, Denny Martindale

Another project my husband and I both worked on was the process of going through my grandfather’s 8mm and Super 8 movie reels.  My dad found them along with a projector and screen for viewing.  They had been left to my mother by her dad when he went to Heaven as she received his camera equipment.  David cleaned and tuned the projector and we set about going through them to see if they were any good and if the projector would even work.  It clacked and clicked away (don’t you just love that sound), and the films were in much better condition than we thought.  I mean, it is 2017 and these were shot between about 1953 and the mid -’70s.  Most were around 60 years old!  We realized we had a task on our hands as there was a lot of film, as in over 30 reels, many with 200 feet of film.  Plus, we didn’t necessarily recognize a number of the people in them as they were filmed before or around the time I was born.

Old movie projector
Old movie projector for 8mm and Super 8 reel films

So, after we had viewed them, we decided to see if we could get my mom and her three siblings (two in other states) together to go through them and identify the people and places.  After much planning, it all finally came together over Labor Day weekend, and as they watched and laughed they told me the names, places and dates they could remember and I wrote them all down to the best of my ability on pieces of paper we then put in their respective tins.  Some of their cousins heard about them and expressed interest in having copies made.  They all thanked us for getting everyone together and showing the movies and loved the memories they brought back.  We found a place to have them put onto DVDs, and since they are near one of my uncles and they don’t ship the film out, the price is pretty decent, especially when you have a number of families going in on it together.  I am looking forward to seeing them again, this time on DVD, as so many of the people in the films have gone on, and places have changed so much.

Hope you have had a wonderful summer, and blessed memories and days ahead to you!

 

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How to Add a © Copyright Notice to Your Images for Posting Online

Copyright SymbolYou’ve done the work, now you want to share your art with the world.  Whether you are posting your work on your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, etc., there are a couple of things you might want to do before you post.  Artwork such as paintings and photography can easily be stolen if you post a large file, and a copyright notice doesn’t hurt either.

First, you will need a photo editing software program such as Photoshop Elements ($) or GIMP (free).  There are others that are free downloads as well, but I have not researched them to tell you which ones.  I use Photoshop Elements, so I will explain what I do, but I understand they are similar.

Open the photo you wish to post in Editor, and be sure to crop the image to your liking.  Next, I like to add a copyright notice.  This should not take away from the image, but should be legible.  Add a text box and select an appropriate font and font size.  To add the © symbol, hold the ‘Alt’ key down and press the numbers ‘0169’ then release the alt key.  This should place it in your line of text, then you can add your name, or studio name.  Only add this symbol if the work  (i.e. photo, painting, etc.) is yours!  (Copyright is a big deal, and I will write about that at a later time). Some fonts do not have the symbol in their collection, so you might have to use a different font for that character.  Position your text where you feel it is noticeable but does not detract from the image.  It can be made more subtle by changing the font color to ‘blend’ slightly with the area of the photo you wish to place it.

The next issue is the image size.  In the top tool bar click on ‘Image’.  In the drop down menu click ‘Resize’ which will give another menu, where you should click on ‘Image size’.  This will open up a dialog box that shows the dimensions for pixels, inches, and image resolution.  A good rule of thumb is to make the image so it is no more than 600 pixels on the longest side, or 8-10″ on the longest side.  Once you have changed the measurements, you will also need to change the resolution.  72dpi is standard for posting on the web, as this allows for a good visual, but it should give a poor print out if someone were to try to copy it.  Click on ‘Ok’ to set the changes.

Finally, before you close the image out, make sure you do a ‘Save As’ so your newly transformed image is a copy and you retain the original with the original size intact.  I like to title mine like this:  ‘Horse painting, pastel-Denny Martindale, Martindale Artworks’.  This will aid in your photo being found if someone types in the title or your name.  Be sure to save it as a jpeg to minimize the kilobyte size as well.  You will also see a box appear titled Jpeg Options, and it is asking what quality you wish to save the image at.  I usually choose 7-10.   At this point, I like to close the image and check the final kb size.  For fast loading photos, try to keep them below 100-110 kb.  If it is still too large, you can go back and adjust the size and or the pixels.

Now you are ready to post your photo safely to the web.  Remember, if they really want to steal it, there are some that will attempt it anyway, but this will definitely slow them down and make it much more difficult to do.  I will try to share about adding metadata to your images, copyright, and more at a later time.

I hope this has helped you in your learning.  Feel free to leave a comment or question and I hope you have a blessed day!

Almost finished

I am almost finished with my catalog for greeting cards.  It is turning out quite nice, but the technology that is suppose to be helping me get this project done is also getting in the way! 

I am not sure why this is, but the program that the camera uses has two different areas that contain albums of photos.  Not all of the photos appear in both areas, and the albums are not all the same either.  I have one more page to print, which needs one last photo to complete it.  However, the sd card with the photo I had just taken did not want to work in the slot in the front of the computer.  Then I connected the camera cord to work off the camera directly.  This also did not want to work the way I thought it should have.  Instead of downloading the photo into an album, I wanted to place it directly on the page from the camera.  Apparently that is not the way to do this.  One of my problems is I think it should work one way, but it only works another.  So frustrating! 

I am sure that the fact that I am not computer literate helps.  I have done quite a bit for not really knowing what I am doing.  The only computer class I have ever had is a 2 hour Photoshop class that only explained how to organize your photos in Photoshop.  Everything else has been trial and error, with quite a bit of the latter in my experience.  It is one of those things I love to hate or hate to love, I am not sure which.  When it works, it works really good.  When it doesn’t, it really makes one wonder.  Oh well, there is always tomorrow. 

I am so close on completing this catalog.  I need to get it done tomorrow for a client to pick up.  I guess I will get some sleep then try again in the morning….