Blogshop With a Side of Bean Dip

When I mentioned that I was taking Blogshop in this post, many of you requested that I write and tell you all about it. Here I am! And let me tell you, it was awe-inspring. Je T’aime.

Blogshop is a Photoshop for Bloggers course that is taught by Bri of Design Lovefest and Angela of Angela and Ithyle. Bri wrote about our New York class here. Definitely check out their blogs, you will marvel at their talent.

Tam (of Little White Space) emailed me and asked if Bri and Angela were the same in-person as one might expect. Do you expect Bri and Angela to be undeniably talented, kind, quick-witted, down-to-earth, heart-warming, exceptional teachers, fun and a bit Type-A (despite their overabundance of creativity)? If so, then yes, they are exactly what you would expect. Only, somehow still a little bit better. Take Blogshop and you will fall in love with them. I promise.

Thirty minutes into class, Bri was explaining to us how layers work in Photoshop. If you aren’t familiar with layers, the idea is that the layer on the top of the list lays on the very top of your image, with everything else beneath. She won me over completely when she said, “Using layers is like bean dip. The one at the top? That’s the sour cream.”

Blogshop // Likes to Smile

I learned how to write over images, too. **Disclaimer: Obviously, handwriting lessons not included in Blogshop fees. But, like when I practiced and perfected my handwriting in 7th grade before leaving notes in lockers, I will practice on my Wacom Bamboo Splash tablet, too.

During lunch the first day, I told Bri that I had once spent four and a half hours creating an image for a blog post. Because I didn’t know how to use Photoshop, I kept pausing to google directions. As I told Bri this story, her eyes got wide and she replied, “No blog post should take four and a half hours.”

On the second day of class, we used our own images to create collages and Angela mentioned: “A limited color palette is the hallmark of someone who knows their mind.” Ever since Blogshop, each time I catch myself admiring another blogger’s images, I’ve noticed that the color palette has indeed been limited. Photoshop aside, that design lesson alone has changed how I think. Totally brilliant. Magically so.

Towards the end of Blogshop, I had finished my practice a bit early, when Bri walked over.
She asked, “Is this similar to what you spent four and a half hours making?”
“Very much so,” I replied.
“You just made it in ten minutes.”
She’s right. I made it in ten minutes and it was fun to make! Frustration was out, fun was in.

Speaking of F-U-N, here’s a peek at the good time I was having:

Fun with GIFs // Likes to Smile blog

Look Mom, I can make gif’s, too!

Blogshop was an absolute blast. I’ve used Photoshop for the past two weeks and each time I open the program, I am stunned by how much I can quickly accomplish. Emphasis on quick. Hallelujah. Amen.

Now if only I didn’t think of bean dip each time I open Photoshop… Just remember, your sour cream is the layer on the top!

And you? Have you ever taken Blogshop? Do you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements?

Until next time!

xoxo,
Stacey

Postscript 1: I am in love with the Wacom Bamboo Splash tablet. If you are considering one, I really think it is worth it!

Postscript 2: Looking for a gift for Father’s Day? I pinned 100 ideas.

Comments

  1. I’m so jealous that you got to take part in one of these! It’s definitely on my blogging bucket list — more so now after your wonderful write-up!

    • Hi Emily!

      Oooo, yes. It is definitely blogging bucket list worthy! I would go so far as to say it would be worth traveling for?!?! Perhaps cross off two bucket list items at once!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  2. Love the GIF! Makes me smile (I guess that’s why I read the blog).

    • Hi Zach!!!

      Thanks so much for loving the GIF! And for commenting. Extra special!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  3. Jealous! Blogshop sounds amazing! And I love that gif! haha

    • Hi Allyssa!

      Blogshop was amazing!!! But I would certainly classify you as a photoshop whiz!! And thanks on the GIF!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  4. Sounds like an awesome course. I have Lightroom and I’ve wanted to get elements for a while now, but I think my brain is tired of learning! I also want to get a tablet so that I can put my own handwriting on images. I look forward to seeing all of your fancy pants images now.

    • Hi Kelly,

      It was an awesome course. I feel foolish saying this as a blogger, but I hear “lightroom” being mentioned often and I have NO idea what it is. Is it an app that helps edit photos? That’s my best guess.

      It’s funny, now I can make the images really quickly so I’m totally caught up in design choices. But that’s a much more fun problem :)

      Also, after using both Elements and Photoshop- hold out until you have the budget for the full-on program. It really IS so much better!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

      • Hi,
        It’s adobe photoshop lightroom. It’s photo editing software. The end result is much like photoshop, except that you don’t have to do layers. It’s much more intuitive than photoshop is. It doesn’t have quite as many manipulation tools that photoshop has (i.e. cloning, liquify) and it doesn’t allow you to add text, just a watermark.

  5. Such a fun post! Thanks for sharing your experience. Oh and I love the shirt you’re wearing. So cute! xo

    • Hi Adri!

      Thanks so much!!

      Also, it’ a J.Crew shirt, maybe they still have it in stock?

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  6. I second what Adri said – the shirt is adorable. Love the gif!!

    • Hi Kimmy!

      Thanks so much! On both compliments!

      Hope you’re having a great week!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  7. Oh wow, I’m so jealous of you! And indeed…Bri is such a talented lady! The photoshop-thing is something I struggle with too sometimes, so that course is definitely on my wish list… For now I just try and fix things in Picmonkey but it’s absolutely not the same as Photoshop. :-)
    And I totally love your funny faces here, great to see the gif – you’re on a roll Stacey!!! Great job, I’m proud of you! :-)
    Love, Inge x

    • Hi Inge,

      Well, Bri did just announce a trip to Stokholm, so the courses are getting closer to your side of the world :) One day, I’m sure you will have the opportunity to take it. Her talent is truly remarkable. She would do these quick demonstrations in class and I would just stare and how well she was able to create and edit images.

      And thank you for the GIF comment! And for being proud of me- it means a lot!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  8. Hahaha, I LOVE your gif! The workshop sounds really useful. I think maybe in-person classes are best. I’ve been taking an online Illustrator class from Nicoloe’s classes (they also do Photoshop ones) and though I’ve learned a lot, it also feels a little isolating.

    • Hi Cari,

      Thanks so much on the gif!! I loved, loved, loved the workshop. If you ever get the chance, you should take it! What are “Nicoloe’s classes?” I’ve never heard of that before? Illustrator sounds very useful though? I do agree, however, it is nice to meet people in person! Hope you’re having a great week!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  9. I love that their focus is on efficiency. Blogging is fun but it shouldn’t take forever!

    • Hi Jennifer!

      Agreed!! I’m finding it all so much more fun! Mostly because I’m not fighting with Photoshop- it just got so much easier. And now I know how to do what I’m envisioning!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  10. I have downloaded Photoshop Elements onto my computer and that is as far as I’ve gotten. I keep pinning tutorials which this post will be included in on my photoshop pinterest board. I would love to take a class like this sometime. Glad you learned and a lot and had fun.

    • Hi Dawn!

      How are you liking Photoshop Elements? Thanks so much for pinning this post! And…if the opportunity presents itself to take this class, I think you’ll love it!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  11. STOP MAKING ME WANT TO LEARN PHOTOSHOP. please can I stay in my little bubble and just be jealous of your skillz?

    • Hahahahaha! Us bloggers all just learn different things at different paces. I’m mad jealous of your ability to so prolifically publish. Impressive! Mad impressive.

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  12. Oh I’m so pleased that you posted about your time and what you learnt! I hope you convinced the girls to come to Australia:) That gif is super cute!

  13. Haha! The gif is amazing!!!

    The splash tablet seems pretty cool. How do you like it so far?
    I have something considerably stripped down for my iPad. NoteTaker HD. Probably a lot less features but lets me write on notepaper or blank pages and mark-up PDFs and images.
    Not sure if it would work for you but it’s great for doodling and what-not on the go!

    • Hi Marc,

      Thanks on the gif! It was fun!

      I love the splash tablet. No hesitation. Love. Lifechanger. I just did a quick google of notetaker HD and I’m confused– is it an app? Or is it something you plug into the iPad? The splash tablet works as a mouse (you hold the pen like the mouse) and it also allows you to draw/write, but it basically makes every function in Photoshop MUCH easier. It’s really great.

      xoxo,
      Stacey