Photoshop: The Ultimate Beginners’ Guide to Mastering Adobe Photoshop in 1 Week Review

photoshopAs a compositor, I do quite a lot of photo editing and manipulation.  Though most of my photo work deals with image sequences, a lot of those same techniques can be used in single image editing, which is a lot easier and faster.  For working on single images I usually still use Nuke like I do with my compositing work.  The main reason is that I am more familiar with Nuke than I am with Photoshop.  Photoshop is a very powerful tool, but I never took the time to learn the ins and outs.  I only learned what I needed at the moment, so I could benefit by learning more about the program.

I was very pleased to receive a digital copy of Photoshop: The Ultimate Beginners’ Guide to Mastering Adobe Photoshop in 1 Week to review and start my re-learning of the program.  Right when it opens I can view a very easy to navigate table of contents.  The eBook starts out by explaining the reason Photoshop is so powerful and how it came to be.  Everyone choosing to learn a program should also learn a little about the history to better understand it.

The eBook is very easy to read and follow along for beginners and people like me that just want to go more in-depth with the program.  Usually in long informational pdfs my eyes can get lost in the words and I can lose focus.  In this pdf the font size is bigger than usual and the line spacing is double spaced.  Helpful photos show screen-shots of what is being discussed making it easy to follow along.  The formatting is spacious, but what I did find a bit weird was all the blank space and pages.  When a new section starts, it starts over halfway down the page leaving a whole bunch of blank space at the top.  It didn’t stop me from learning the material, but I soon realized that means there is less content in the book because of this.

The eBook goes through what each of the tools are used for and how to use them.  Easy to read diagrams and images are displayed showing each concept that is discussed.  This guide is a great complement to my Photoshop knowledge and will help people new to the program all together get started using it.  It is a great stepping stone to more advanced techniques and can be used as a refresher or reference for Photoshop pros.  I recommend this easy to read eBook for beginners and if you would like to learn more about it or download it yourself you can do so here.

INNX Sofa Cover Review


Ever since I can remember my cat, Lion, has refused to lay on the couch.  I’m not sure if it is because of the texture or if it has to do with how hot it feels after a while, though it is probably the latter.  I had the opportunity recently to receive a sofa cover from Innovation Next at a discount for trying it out and reviewing the product.  I have had it on the couch for about a week and not a day goes by that Lion has not been sleeping on it.  I don’t even have to call him to the couch, I turn around different times throughout the day and see him relaxing on the cover.

Lion isn’t the only one who likes the new couch cover.  I am very impressed with the quality and the fit.  The material is very durable and thick so it should last a long time with day to day use and occasional washing.  The cover fits my couch perfectly!  It is a two cushioned sofa that fits three people comfortably and this cover is the perfect length.  On the backside of the cover there are foam pieces in pouches that are supposed to be pushed between the sofa and the cushions to prevent the cover from moving around.  This is my very first sofa cover, so I found that to be a very nice feature.

The most important feature for a couch cover is comfort.  If the cover isn’t comfortable then it defeats the purpose of the couch.  This cover is extremely soft and I am easily able to fall asleep on it, which is great considering I like to take mid-morning naps after my runs outside.  Lion and I both enjoy this cover so far and I can’t wait to see how it holds up when my three year old nephew comes to visit!  If you want to read more about this couch cover or purchase it yourself you can find it on Amazon here.  I will definitely look into more of Innovation Nexts’ products in the future.


Cell Phone Clip Holder Review

As a freelance artist I sit at my desk for a majority of the day.  Even though I have four monitors, I’ve never had a place to put my phone where it wasn’t in my way or where it was easily accessible in case I needed to use it for work.  I came across a cell phone clip holder by eShopMind and that I should give it a try.  As it turns out it works beautifully for my needs!

0920162124c-2The clip itself fits perfectly on my desk on the side of my where it is not in my way.  It took a little bit of effort to adjust the coil to my liking, but that just makes it stay in place once it is adjusted properly.  The top part that holds the phone it very easy to open and holds the phone securely so it will not fall out and become damaged.

The clip holder also came with a portable desktop phone holder. 0920162123-1 This holder is perfect to take with my when I travel for work.  It is lightweight and collapses making it easy to pack.

The phone stays in the stand and doesn’t tip over or fall off.  So far I am very happy with both products.  Especially since the price was so amazing.   I never thought of buying a product like this before, but now I can’t see my workday with out it.  For more information about the cell phone clip holder you can read about it on Amazon here.

U-Fit Bike Lock Review

20160306_094001Riding a bicycle to run errands or go to work is a great way to get that little bit of extra fitness each day.  I needed an activity to compliment my running so I looked into getting a lock for my bike so I could use it as transportation.  With this new U-Fit Combination Bike Lock I now have a safe and secure way to leave my bike when I go inside.

The lock is very easy to use and the combination is a great alternative from having to carry around a key.  The quality seems great!  When I locked my bike to a railing I felt that is was very secure and I wouldn’t worry leaving it for hours at a time.  The only minor issue is that the cable comes curled up and it tends to stay in that position, which makes wrapping it around a pole or railing a little difficult.  I feel that over time it should lose it’s shape and become easier.

Overall this is a great product!  If you want to read more about the lock you can find it here on Amazon.  If you are in need of a way to lock and secure your bicycle I suggest checking it out.  I received this product at a discount for giving my honest and unbiased re view.