Friday, December 30, 2016

Newest Premade Kindle Book Covers by Desiree

Been working on learning my xmas present to me: my first drawing tablet, an Intuos Pro by Wacom.  I have fallen head over heals in love with it.  It is awesome!!!

Here are my newest cover designs:

Cover Design 1626

Hands of Light
Cover 1628

Which of these make you want to click and read the book?

Thanks for visiting and happy New year!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Wishing y'all a very merry Christmas this morning.

Here's a look at what is on my screen...

The calm before the end.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Beauty or Beast Cover

Beauty or Beast - my first cover to be listed at Self Pub Book Covers. List price is $69.

Here is link for the cover. Neat site that lets you customize your text right on the site. No waiting for the cover designer to make changes. But... you are limited by their selection options.  

Full Link:


Friday, December 23, 2016

Sunset Desktop Background for Organizing

Enjoy this sunset variation on my Organizing Background.



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Playing with Sky Overlays

Spent some time this week playing with several things.  Revising the DCompton Logo... {again, LOL}, and also looking for ways to improve some photos.

Found a new photographer resource in Morgan Burks site;

Her free samples let you try out her product.  Something I appreciate.  Since I get to see how her products will work before plopping my money down.  You do have to use your e-mail, but hey... they are useful and a great tool to have.

The tutorials are very clear and helpful.  I only looked at a couple this weekend, but will surely be going back to her list to check out more of them.

Following her instructions of the Sky Overlay Tutorial lead me to try combining these two pics:

I love the focus of the grass heads in contrast to the soft focus on the girl's face.  For the edit I used a sharpening brush over her body and foreground, then overlaid the sky.  Following Morgan Burks' tip on matching the overlay to the focus of the horizon in the photo, I used a fairly heavy gaussian blur to soften the sharpness of the clouds.  The finished product is very nice.

Here is the link to the free sample products: overlay, actions, etc. that you can try out from Morgan Burks.

I have my eye on her collection of Cinematic Overlays.  Who wouldn't want this fabulous collection of 102 overlays?

Now I find myself going back through my photos to see what ones have stunning skies that I can use to spruce up the tops of the photos I am editing.  ;-)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Turning your logo into a Photoshop Brush

Putting a logo into a photoshop brush has been on my fixin' to do list for a while.  Tried it once, and lost the brush once I created it.  It was never to be found again ;-)

So... now that I am using a new version of Photoshop, and have been finding several things have been updated, I decided to try it again.

Here is the logo with text...  {I have to say I am super happy with the 'eye'}

And here is a photo 'stamped' with the brush.

Much simpler than the last time I attempted this.

The video I referenced was by Helen McGlynn's Turn Your Logo Into A Watermark Brush in Photoshop. Very clear instructions, and easy to follow.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Organize Your Computer Desktop - Weathered Boards

Organize the folder and docs that are cluttering up your computer's desktop using this quick and easy tool.  Available in the four common screen sizes.

Control click and save the image.  Open in Paint, and add text for your box titles.  Save it after you finish adding your box titles.  Then control click on the saved image, and choose 'set as desktop background'.  Easy, peasy.

The categories/box titles I tend to use are:  Photos, Projects, Important, Family, To-Do, ASAP

Helps keep me on task, and I can easily move the folder or doc to the next square if needed.  Enjoy!

PS ~ Let me know if you have a specific layout you would like to see.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Freebie - December 2016 Computer Background

Enjoy this winter wonderland with a useful calendar overlay!  Right click and save the correct image for your computer background resolution.  Then right click on the saved file, and set as your desktop background.  Simple, and fun way to customize your computer each month.

Take a moment to check out the Desiree Compton Shop Page on Facebook.





Wednesday, December 7, 2016