Finding unique music to fit all your projects can be challenging. You could always buy some music from many online sources, but why not try to make your own? Making your own music tracks is easy when using free GarageBand software on Apple products including Mac computers, iPhones, iPods and iPads. I've accepted this challenge to showcase just how easy it can be. And I will now demonstrate how to make your own music soundtracks by channeling my inner Avicii to assemble an original song. By combining many of the pre-made beats and sounds, I will know something that [hopefully] will sound good to me and be good enough to use as background music on my next video project.
Now, just as a side note, I would like to add that I have no formal musical training, and I have never been trained on how to play any instruments. So, if I can do this, then anyone can do it. And that means you can do it, too. Just use the simplified pre-made loops, and once you get the hang of that you can start putting those loops together to create something truly unique. If you are really adventurous, you can try creating your own loops by choosing an instrument and using the musical keyboard. GarageBand is so much fun, you'll want to play with it for hours. I know I do!
Affinity Photo, Luminar, Pic Monkey and more. You can edit photos in any of these programs, so which one is right for you?
This answer is not straightforward as it may seem. It depends on many factors including what type of photographer you are, and also what is your end goal for the image. For example: If you like to shoot off 100's or 1000's of the same photo and choose the best one later on, you are going to need Luminar. So why Luminar and not Affinity Photo? Luminar is a program designed to be a multiple image editor and/or catalog editor. It can catalog and organize images, and it allows you to apply one edit to many similar photos with one click. You can also rate each photo from best to worst.
Now, lets say you want to take one of your photos and put a logo on it, or add some graphic design elements to it. Now you are looking at Affinity Photo. This photo editor can edit one photo at a time without the use of Luminar. You have to open each photo, one at a time, edit your photo, and add some graphic design to it.
If you need something just easy, with templates, using stock photos or your own photos, PicMonkey is ideal.
What exactly is photo editing? Let me show you - See these side by side comparison photos edited in Luminar. Which one would you put on a business report or social media? Every photo needs a little editing to make it the best it can be.
by Brett Higgins
Epic Photo Editing with Affinity Photo
Today our digital behavior takes us all the way to Africa!
In the last video we talked about rising Adobe subscription prices and I promised to show you how to CREATE using Affinity photo, the best Photoshop alternative. Before we get started, let me go beyond the photograph here with a real quick backstory.
My son and I were baking cookies, and while they were in the oven I was taking some shots of him in the kitchen. He started making a face while he was watching the cookies bake. It seemed to me like he was envisioning all of the cookies being shoved into his face. So I I was loving his expression and snapped this photograph. But looking at it the way it was with the plain kitchen background, I didn't really love what everything looked like around him. What instantly came to mind was - What if he was making this face while standing in front of a yawning lion? Ha. Brilliant!
So that's the quick story of how the idea for this photo came about. Now let’s get to it.
Using Affinity photo editing software, we can make my vision of “Boy meets lion” come to life. First, we need a Serengetti background image. And we also need a yawning lion. I’ve already done a quick search and found these via copyright free images on Flickr and getting the highest quality images I could find. And now we can begin.
Before we start, we do need to ask ourselves an important question. What size do we want the finished artwork to be? Is it for web or for print, or both? When working on photo editing, personally I like to make everything for print because you can always size down. It’s harder to size up. So make your project whatever size you think you might want to print it if that’s what you are going to do.
Also, what color space should we choose? CMYK is used for press printing. We don't really need that here. Most photo printing places accept AdobeRGB. And sRGB is for web. So I'm going to choose AdobeRGB. Then later, when I save it for web, I can save to sRGB. If I do choose to turn this into a print, AdobeRGB jpeg will work fine.
For this particular project, we are using a transparent background. Now we need to start masking out our subjects. So you want to grab the selection brush tool and start selecting your subject. I like to get it as selected as much as possible, then go up and select REFINE. We can also go in and fine tune our selection, so we will spend some time doing that, too. You might have to switch back from foreground to background in order to get things looking good. When you are all done, you can select the New Layer with Mask option. This way it gives you a copy that can be cleaned up more later if you need to, and you will probably need to.
Once we have both subjects cut out and we’re happy with the results, it’s time to place them onto our background. In the background photo the light is coming from right to left, so we need to flip the image of the boy so that his back is to the light. This will make it look more natural. Then, add a color over the top of all the images. This way all the images have a similar color cast. A lens filter will work. Now is the time if you want to add some text to it. Or you can just leave it looking like a photo.
Since the background isn’t photographically correct to my added images, we need to do one last thing to make this background look right. We need to make it look all the same, so let’s apply a blur to the sharp area. And just like that, you now have a super cool African safari photo, without ever leaving the house.
Until next time, behave yourselves!
Adobe Lightroom Alternative, Adobe Photoshop Alternative, also An Easy Online Photo Editor,
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These Adobe alternatives are photo editing software programs that I'm personally using for real world alternatives to Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Adobe subscription plans for photo and video editing. In this video I discuss the best photo editing software alternatives to Photoshop for those who don't want to pay rising prices for an Adobe subscription.
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