Orchard View Colorhttps://orchardviewcolor.com Creative App Training and CoachingWed, 23 Jan 2019 17:25:16 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.92018 Year in Reviewhttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2019/01/08/2018-year-in-review/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:30:59 +0000https://orchardviewcolor.com/?p=38702018 was an exceptional year. This Adobe Spark page tells the story and includes a lot of the photography I captured during the year. The cover image is from Tuscany Italy. See 2017 Year in Review See 2016 Year in...

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2018 was an exceptional year. This Adobe Spark page tells the story and includes a lot of the photography I captured during the year. The cover image is from Tuscany Italy.

My Page

See 2017 Year in Review

See 2016 Year in Review

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Christmas Card 2018https://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/12/08/christmas-card-2018/ Sun, 09 Dec 2018 05:09:46 +0000https://orchardviewcolor.com/?p=3858May Your Christmas be a Major Award Our 2018 Christmas card is inspired by a Jackson family favorite Christmas movie, A Christmas Story. Together we recreated this scene from the movie, when Dad Parker and the whole family drinks in...

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May Your Christmas be a Major Award

Our 2018 Christmas card is inspired by a Jackson family favorite Christmas movie, A Christmas Story.

Together we recreated this scene from the movie, when Dad Parker and the whole family drinks in the “wonder” of his Major Award from one of many contests he’d participated in by mail.  His prize, the gaudiest of table lamps, is met with a broad range of reactions from each of the four family members.

 

The project started with a photoshoot. My camera was placed high on our dining room table to mimic the high camera angle in the movie scene. Sanford and I went first. This took awhile, because I struggled to get the right look on my face. With a lot of coaching from Sanford and Blaise, I managed this. They told me to conjure up a look of “guarded revulsion, not anger”.

In the end I liked Sanford’s face in the left image and mine on the right, so with some Photoshop magic I combined the two.

Brendan and Blaise got their looks down on the first try. It took zero coaxing to convince Brendan to wear a bib. In fact he went and borrowed it from a good friend.

Putting us together in the scene was pretty easy. Getting the color tones correct for a 1940’s era story took a little more work.

The background scene was created by blending a few screens from the movie, captured just after Ralph and dad exit the room. It took a marginal amount of Photoshop retouching to remove enough of Randy and Mom Parker to fill in the background.

In the final image,  the discerning viewers will notice a significant difference in Sanford’s glasses. Dissatisfied with the prop specs he wore for the shoot, I first retouched his image to remove the prop glasses, and then re-drew them in a way which better matched Ralphie’s from the movie. The added “reflections” in the “lenses” were another bit of Photoshop magic which made the final product that much more fun.  While this effort wasn’t quite so extravagant as our most fun card ever (2008’s Sgt. Pepper satire), it felt like the most creative one since that effort. Hope you enjoyed the image and this explanation as much as I did creating it. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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Adobe Create Cloud 2019 App Updateshttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/10/21/3828/ https://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/10/21/3828/#commentsSun, 21 Oct 2018 16:53:56 +0000https://orchardviewcolor.com/?p=3828Last week at the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, Adobe released major updates across the suite of Creative Cloud applications for 2019. Adobe Announces Next Generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2018 Updating your applications right away could cause you problems...

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Last week at the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, Adobe released major updates across the suite of Creative Cloud applications for 2019.

Adobe Announces Next Generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2018

Updating your applications right away could cause you problems if you are a student or teacher. Educational institutions typically only update applications between semesters. Some documents created with the newly updated versions of an application may not open correctly with an older application at school. If you take documents back and forth between home and school, you should keep previous versions of the software until the Fall semester ends.

The good news is that it is possible to update creative cloud applications without overwriting previous versions. It is also possible to instal older versions of applications if you need to go backwards. Here is how.

Open the Creative Cloud application and click on the Update button for the application you want to update.

Click on the Advanced Options.

Make sure that “Remove old versions” is not selected.

After the update is complete, use the Creative Cloud app to open either version of the application. Toggle the triangle next to the app name to reveal other versions.

The Creative Cloud application can be used to instal previous application versions. Click on the triangle next to the Open button, and then click on Manage.

Under the Manage link you will find Other versions.

Photoshop offers instals going back to CS6. Not every application will go back this far.

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Italy 2018https://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/08/17/italy-2018/ Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:17:13 +0000http://dev-orchard-view-color.pantheonsite.io/?p=3705Spark Page Travelogue My husband Blaise and I spent an amazing thirteen days in Italy. It was our first time there, and a trip I had dreamt about for years. It filled me in ways that are hard to describe....

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Spark Page Travelogue

My husband Blaise and I spent an amazing thirteen days in Italy. It was our first time there, and a trip I had dreamt about for years. It filled me in ways that are hard to describe. Ten of the days were spent on the Italian Concerto Tour with Trafalgar. This tour took us to places, and introduced us to experiences that we would not have found on our own. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Italy for the first time.

I came home with close to 2,000 photos from Italy. While we were on the trip I organized and edited my images with Lightroom CC on my iPad. Together Blaise and I created these travelogue stories with Adobe Spark Page on my iPad. Below is the complete collection of our trip stories. Each story will open in a new browser window. These stories include many, many photos. Clicking on a photo in a grid will open it in full size view, and enter into a slideshow view for all of the images in the grid.

I hope you enjoy this virtual tour of our trip.

Day 1 – Rome: Borghese Gallery

Rome Italy

Day 2 – Rome: Basilica San Clemente & San Pierre de Incoviglio

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Day 3 – Rome, Vatican, St. Peters Basilica, Colosseum, FIRST DAY OF TRAFALGAR TOUR

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Day 4 – Rome, Trevi fountain, Pantheon, Tivoli, Spanish Steps

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Day 5 – Travel to Amalfi Coast

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Day 6 – Bus ride to Positano

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Day 7 – Boat ride to Capri

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Day 8 – Drive to Florence, Cassino, Machiavelli Estate in Tuscany

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Day 9 – Florence: San Gimignano, Pazzi Castle Tuscany

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Day 10 – Drive to Venice

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Day 11 – Murano & Venice at night, LAST DAY OF TRAFALGAR TOUR

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Day 12 – Boat to Burano and Venice

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Day 13 – Last day in Venice

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May 17th Meetinghttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/05/07/may-17th-meeting/ Mon, 07 May 2018 21:08:11 +0000http://dev-orchard-view-color.pantheonsite.io/2018/05/07/may-17th-meeting/This month I will be speaking at the Los Angeles InDesign User Group.

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This month I will be speaking at the Los Angeles InDesign User Group. The topic is Working with Color in InDesign. Admission is FREE but registration is encouraged.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 7-10 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Building Garden Room
4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

FULL DETAILS HERE

I hope to see you there.

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Illustrator: Coloring Artworkhttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/05/07/illustrator-coloring-artwork/ Mon, 07 May 2018 20:38:45 +0000http://dev-orchard-view-color.pantheonsite.io/2018/05/07/illustrator-coloring-artwork/I'm very excited to announce my first course published on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning.

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LinkedIn Learning - Illustrator Coloring Artwork

I’m very excited to announce my first course published on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning. Please watch and share with your friends, colleagues and students.

Illustrator: Coloring Artwork by Theresa Jackson

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AME Leadership Conferencehttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/04/15/ame-leadership-conference/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:05:02 +0000http://dev-orchard-view-color.pantheonsite.io/2018/04/15/ame-leadership-conference/Adobe Spark Page

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Adobe Spark Page Presentation

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AME Leadershiphttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/04/09/ame-leadership/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:57:07 +0000http://dev-orchard-view-color.pantheonsite.io/2018/04/09/ame-leadership/I will be presenting a hands on workshop at the AME Leadership conference 4/16/18. 

More Info here.

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I will be presenting a hands on workshop at the AME Leadership conference 4/16/18.

More Info here.

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30 Day Drawing Challengehttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/02/21/30-day-drawing-challenge/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:53:05 +0000http://dev-orchard-view-color.pantheonsite.io/2018/02/21/30-day-drawing-challenge/I keep commitments, even ones made with myself. When my girlfriend Carey suggested I do a 30 day challenge with her I said, "it would be good for me to draw for 30 days, but I'm not going to make that commitment." I was afraid to commit to something I would later resent. She pushed and I conceded after imposing some rules for myself.

The drawings would be small, simple, drawn with a large brush tip sharpie, and done quickly. No pencils, erasers or digital undos. I get too wrapped up in the details of creating. I thought my rules would prevent that, and hopefully help me to care less about the final product.

I kept my commitment and stuck to my rules. Except for the quickly part. By the end I was spending twice as much time on a drawing.

On day 1 I drew the living room windowed doors, my view while seated in my recliner. I did all 30 drawings in the comfort of my living room.

Sketch Day 1

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I keep commitments, even ones made with myself. When my girlfriend Carey suggested I do a 30 day challenge with her I said, “it would be good for me to draw for 30 days, but I’m not going to make that commitment.” I was afraid to commit to something I would later resent. She pushed and I conceded after imposing some rules for myself.

The drawings would be small, simple, drawn with a large brush tip sharpie, and done quickly. No pencils, erasers or digital undos. I get too wrapped up in the details of creating. I thought my rules would prevent that, and hopefully help me to care less about the final product.

I kept my commitment and stuck to my rules. Except for the quickly part. By the end I was spending twice as much time on a drawing.

On day 1 I drew the living room windowed doors, my view while seated in my recliner. I did all 30 drawings in the comfort of my living room.

Sketch Day 1

I started the journey without knowing what I hoped to gain. I can draw but I hardly ever do. That’s always bothered me. I’m not sure why I don’t draw, and I’m not sure why it bothers me that I don’t. At the end of one week I wrote in my journal, “I’m just trying to free myself from caring so much. That’s the point, to just draw for the sake of drawing.”

It took three or four days to get past the fear of a blank page. I was happy with how quickly that happened. After one week my first waking thought was, “what am I going to draw today?”

After two weeks I ordered the book Dare to Sketch by Felix Scheinberger. The book is a how to manual for sketch book drawing on the go. Everything he writes resonates with me. I especially love this page. “Where to begin?…It is your book and its sole purpose is to inspire trial and error! It is not a presentation portfolio. So begin with a deliberately bad drawing…”

Dare to Sketch page 12

The book immediately impacted my drawings. I discovered that I enjoyed drawing more with a pen low on ink, because I can get a sketchy looking line with variety of size and textures. This is the first drawing I did after receiving the book.

Sketch Day 21

After three weeks I started dreaming about drawing. On day 27, while at the gym stretching, I caught myself staring at my shoe studying how to draw it. I drew the shoe when I got home.

Sketch Day 27

What I learned

I figured out what I hoped to gain through daily drawing. First, I want to find the joy of drawing. Second, I want to start every drawing confident that I can experience the joy without the fear.

I’m not there yet.

I’m still trying to figure out what I am afraid of. It has something to do with expectation and desire for perfection. Picking a favorite of the 30 drawings is almost impossible because I see faults in all of them. I know how foolish this thinking is.

I decided that drawing number 29/30, would be my favorite from the series even before I finished it. I like this sketch partly because I expected it to be very difficult, and it came out better than I hoped for. Mostly it is my favorite because of the subject. I experience the joy of photography without fear regularly. I can get lost in that joy easily. Also, during this journey I thought a lot about how drawing is about seeing, and so is photography.

Sketch Day 29

I can rationalize all the ways to conquer my fears with a change of thought, but that will only work if I keep drawing. I’ve ordered myself a proper bound sketch book and an assortment of marker pens, including some fine tip pens to draw all the details.

I finished the journey today by ending where I started, but this time I allowed myself twice as much time and as many details as I could work in. I realized that not allowing myself to get lost in the details prevented me from experiencing some of the joy that I’ve been seeking. I’m happy with the sketch.

Sketch Day 30

More importantly I’m happy that I made this commitment, and happy for what I learned about myself. The next challenge is to conquer the fear of sketching in public. I’m hopeful that I will have something to write about that in a few months.

 

 

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2017 Year in Reviewhttps://orchardviewcolor.com/2018/01/05/2017-year-in-review/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:02:38 +0000http://dev-orchard-view-color.pantheonsite.io/2018/01/05/2017-year-in-review/Adobe Spark Page

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