When I first saw Boo’s Shutterfly/Artscow ready photo albums (Let’s Make A Photo Book Album 1 and Let’s Make A Photo Book Album 2), I squealed with joy! The timing was perfect. I needed a kick-in-the-pants to get my yearly gift for my Mom done.
I love how easy Boo has made these. My goal is to do 1-4 pages a month, all year, and get this printed in November. Until now, I’ve only done vacation books. I’ve never done a whole year. I think my mom will be thrilled! And I’m ecstatic I started early.
I picked Boo’s Let’s Make A Photo Book Album 2. I love how complete it is. All I need to do is add pictures & journaling. I started with Page 1:
And added a series of pictures of Dane in the snow. Taken in January, perfect kick start to a 2013 yearbook:
The thing is, while I love Boo’s page, I don’t love pinks/purples for Dane. Yet I want this done very quick. I decided to use photoshop’s variations tool to get a different look in one quick click.
I clicked on Image–>Adjustments–>Variations and this screen popped right up:
I clicked once on More Green and once on More Cyan (I left the options at the default setting of Midtones, and centered in between Fine & Coarse). I love my result:
The benefit of using variations is that it gives a range of new colors, not just one. This simply can’t be achieved by overlaying with a new color or even gradient. The variation option isn’t for everything, but to quickly put a new spin on a favorite paper, element, cluster or quickpage it is worth a try.