Me: 1, Photoshop 7.0: 132

Ever since I’ve gotten my hands on Photoshop 7.0, I’ve struggled.  It’s really my own fault but that’s besides the point.  I can’t find a book about it (because it’s an older version).  I’ve done some online tutorials but again, not for version 7.0.  I work in advertising but have never taken the opportunity to have any of these guys teach me.  I wanted to learn it myself.  I’ve learned how to tweak some things.  And I’ve learned how to download other people’s actions – which could be considered cheating but they’re so freakin cool.  But last night, I had an A-HA! moment.  I love A-HA!s.

I’m a big fan of The Pioneer WomanPodMate caused this addiction.  I’ve since passed it on to Mrs. Rev.  PW is witty and funny and her photos are super fly.  She takes the time to explain how she photographs and post-processes.  And though she has a much newer version of Photoshop than I do, I still try to play along.

This week she posted an assignment to share photos with rounded edges.  I have to admit, I’ve never rounded the edges of my photos before but what the heck, I’m game.  I followed her Photoshop tutorial to a T and it worked – my photo looked really cool.  But her last step – deleting the white corners – was a doozy.  Apparently there’s a “magic eraser”.  I can’t find anything that’s classified as magical besides that silly little wand on my version of PS.  Not surprising but I was irked.

I repeatedly failed with the “regular eraser”.  I even tried explaining to the computer what I wanted, what I needed, but it apparently doesn’t have voice recognition.  I was about to call it quits when I hit a button by mistake – and there it was, a “special eraser”.  Actually, I can’t remember what it was called but I know it wasn’t “magic”.  I selected it, moved it on to my photo and click click clickA-HA! The background started to disappear!  Success!  And I did it all by myself with nobody’s help and I’m a little proud of myself.  Take that, Photoshop 7.0!

In all its glory, I present the photo that took up 4 hours of my life trying to figure out how to round the edges and delete the white corners:

jasper tracks action

You see those white corners?  That ain’t my fault.  I got rid of them, they are transparent.  But for some reason, flickr is messing with me in my fragile mental state.  I’ve repeatedly checked my work, tried saving it as png, tif, gif, psd, pdf… all show my beautiful transparent corners in Photoshop but when I share the file on the clean, black background of shutterboo, they reappear.  I think it has to do with program reformatting it to a jpg.  I can be unhappy about that if I want to. 

I suppose I won’t be using round corners very often.  Because those white corners don’t sit too well with me.  Boo white corners, boo.

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October 24, 2009 - 8:23 am

Z - boo:-) harharhar.funny. nice scene…

October 24, 2009 - 8:50 am

Susan - This looked fantastic against the white background of my reader! Could you make the corners black for the ones you want to post on your blog, maybe? Like, a special second version to view on black?

Love the photo, though! Very cool!

October 24, 2009 - 9:35 am

katie - i love the photo too. and i feel your frustration except i don’t even have photoshop because I know that I would never, ever be able to understand it. nor do i have the patience to try. so good for you for figuring it out. that is definitely a feat! :)

October 24, 2009 - 1:31 pm

shutterboo - That’s what Mike said to do. I don’t think the background is exactly “black” but yeah, I could try that. They’d look stupid in flickr though. Can’t win on this one I don’t think.

October 24, 2009 - 10:07 pm

rev - jpg does not support transparency, but gif does.

October 26, 2009 - 9:41 am

J. Smith - I agree that in my reader’s white background they look perfect.

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