Friday Feature

Welcome back to another Friday Feature and it seems Instagram is most popular this week with many images to feature, pop over and have a look pixelsistersstudio.

Meanwhile, on Facebook, there were these two cuties, thanks, Cheryl and Lisa

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Alas, it seems everyone has had a very busy week, Desley and me included. Don’t forget to tag us so we can see your wonderful images, another week starts tomorrow with #pssSaturdayStillLife

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I Hope you all have a terrific weekend…

~ Desley and Julz, xo

 

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Tuesday Tips – Adding Text to Your Photos 

Learn how to add text to your photos using mobile phone apps!

Welcome to #pssTuesdayTips where we share a little tip with you. Today, we wanted to show you some simple ways to add interesting text to you photos. 

It’s Desley here today and I’m going to show you how I do this using apps on my phone. Julie, the Queen of Photoshop, will show you how she does it in a future post. 

So first things first – we have to get our photo onto our phone! There are so many ways to do it and there are no wrong ways really: 

  1. Email yourself.
  2. Upload to Dropbox or Evernote or some other file sharing program. 
  3. On Apple devices, use Airdrop (I’ve been doing this myself quite often lately). 
  4. There are similar linking apps on other Operating Systems. 
  5. Upload to a Cloud Drive. I store all my photos on a Western Digital Cloud Drive which I can access from anywhere on the world via an app on my phone, as long as I have access to wifi. 

Next is to choose an app. There are so many to choose from. 


Above are some of the apps I use. Most commonly, I use Over or Canva for text. I use Pixlr for adding cool effects. Typic and Fontmania are also excellent apps for adding text. 

For this Tip, I’m going to show you the Over app. It’s beautiful and simple to use.  Once you open the app, you select your photo and it opens it up onto the canvas, as below. I’ve chosen this cute photo of tiny pink, white and red sugar hearts. 


When adding text, it can be useful to fade out the image slightly so that the words stand out. In the Over app, you can tap the photo and select Edit. 



Tap the yellow “check mark” at the top right. Next is adding the text! You just tap the Text button and a space appears for you to start typing. 


Then you can edit the text, changing the font, making it curved, changing the colour. You can change the size using the icons at the bottom as well but you can also pinch to zoom to change the size too. 

I chose a cute spotty text and black so that it stood out.  You can then tap the check mark again and then the upwards facing arrow which allows you to save the image. 



And voila! We have a cute little image with pretty text. It could be a card or an Instagram post for someone or it could even be a valentine 😍 


The other thing I love about the Over app (and many of the other apps) is that it includes some really lovely pre-made text with accompanying icons. To access these, you just click on the Graphics icon, which opens up all of the “sets” of graphics available. Some are free, some you pay for. I only have the free version. 

I selected the “Let’s run away together” collection and a cute little graphic. And again I chose black for this busy background and also placed it on an angle. 

And here’s the final image:


What do you think? Do you use apps to add text to your images. Do you have any tips for how to do this? And how do you get your photos onto your phone, if you didn’t take them with your phone?

I used my phone for this entire post, start to finish. There are so many cool apps available to us these days 🤓 

We are hoping you try out these tips and we are looking forward to seeing your results, either today or tomorrow for #pssWednesdayWords 

x Desley & Julz 

Monday Macro

Welcome back to another week of Monday Macro, Desley posted a fabulous negative space, a minimalist shot of a succulent from a hotel room. Lots of white space shows the finer details in brilliant contrast.20108625_1894853030734501_5491955304611538696_n

In contrast, I decided to use a Macro shot from the same shoot as yesterday, in fact the same cupcake as yesterday, just much closer.

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Don’t forget to join us and hashtag #pixelsisterstudio and #pssMondayMacro.

~ Julz and Desley

Friday Feature

We have been seeing quite a few images popping up on our Instagram and Facebook feeds as well as here on WordPress, just want to send a shoutout to everyone who joined in and say Thank You.

Musing with Susan joined us last week with #PssMacroMonday #PssSaturdayStillLife & #PssSweetSunday……..check out her WordPress page.

We also had a few pics from Bev Ross and Lisa Lewis on Facebook for #pssSweetSunday, #pssSaturdayStilllife as well as #pssthursdaythemes “Country” and of course, the amazing pics Desley posted on Instagram this morning.

Don’t forget to tag your images so we can see them and feature them on #pssfridayfeature, here are the challenges and tags again.

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~Desley and Julz

#pssFridayFeature #Pixelsistersstudio – Don’t forget to tag us!

Wednesday Words

Welcome to #pssWednesdayWords, I received this divine blue Dahlia for Mothers’ Day and I simply had to photograph it, the Buddha quote seems to fit very nicely too.

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Don’t forget to tag us #pixelsistersstudio and #psswednesdaywords so we can see your wonderful images.

~ Desley & Julz, xo

Create beautiful images with us

launching our Instagram and Facebook challenge

On Sunday, we met for lunch and went through our plans for our first two workshops – Floral Fantasy and Conceptual Fine Art Portraiture. We’re so excited for these workshops and hope that you can join us.

We wanted to pop on here and give you an overview of the exciting things we have planned for the future of Pixel Sisters Studio.

Firstly, we have set up daily challenges / hints / tips that you can access via Instagram and Facebook. Each day of the week has a theme and each day you can expect a couple of posts from us, sharing a photo for the theme and a little snippet of information about the shot that we’ve shared.

Here’s the plan:

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Monday Macro – this one is self-explanatory, we will post a macro shot and invite you to do the same, tagging us so that we can see your shot.

Tuesday Tips – on Tuesdays we will share a photography-based tip to help you create beautiful images and invite you to use that tip and show us the results! We will also write a blog post expanding on this tip, so make sure you hit the Follow button!

Wednesday Words – on Wednesdays, we post a photo with some accompanying words – be that a quote, some song lyrics, a short story, whatever takes you fancy – we can’t wait to see and read what you come up with!

Thursday Theme – each Thursday will be a theme – sweet or light & bright, or street, something like that, and you can share your take on the theme.

Friday Feature – this is where tagging us becomes important! On Fridays we will feature your shots from the week. We love this one!

Saturday Still Life – we both love still life and we love to share our favourite still life shots, so Saturdays are for Still Life – we look forward to seeing yours!

Sweet Sunday – let’s have a happy Sunday and share something sweet! It doesn’t have to be sugar-related (although we won’t mind!). It could be just something out of your daily life that made you smile.

We have so many things we want to share with you and we hope you can join us along the way, whether that’s in person at one of our workshops, or over on Facebook or Instagram, or just pop by our website!

~ Desley & Julz, xox

Introducing, Pixel Sisters Studio

how it all started

From small beginnings…

The idea started as a small spark, which grew into an idea, an obvious collaboration between myself and Desley, we both share such a love of photography and have spent many joyous hours, both together and separately, in the studio creating fabulous emotive imagery. Each of has an enormous skill set, and put together we hope to be able to bring fabulous, fun and extremely creative workshops to Photographers of all levels in Melbourne.

Moving to a larger studio also means we can offer more places and more room to move, while still keeping all workshops small and very much hands on. And it’s not just Still Life, we are looking to run varied workshops from Conceptual Portraiture to Macro, basic photography (get off auto) and Social Media and Planner workshops.

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Growing from just workshops, we have launched a Facebook Page, an Instagram Account and now………this blog, we have many exciting plans for building a community of like-minded creatives; for Still Life, Product Photography, Conceptual Fine Art, Planners and beautiful images all in the one location.

We can also be found on our website – pixelsistersstudio.com

~ Desley & Julz, xox