Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Get Inspired: Opportunity... written by Berton Braley

     With doubt and dismay you are smitten
        You think there's no chance for you, son?
    Why, the best books haven't been written
        The best race hasn't been run,
    The best score hasn't been made yet,
        The best song hasn't been sung,
    The best tune hasn't been played yet,
        Cheer up, for the world is young!

    No chance? Why the world is just eager
        For things that you ought to create.
    Its store of true wealth is still meager
        Its needs are incessant and great,
    It yearns for more power and beauty
        More laughter and love and romance,
    More loyalty, labor and duty,
        No chance--why there's nothing but chance!

    For the best verse hasn't been rhymed yet,
        The best house hasn't been planned,
    The highest peak hasn't been climbed yet,
        The mightiest rivers aren't spanned,
    Don't worry and fret, faint hearted,
        The chances have just begun,
    For the Best jobs haven't been started,
        The Best work hasn't been done.


Friday, May 13, 2011

The 4 Most Easiest Ways To Have An Impressive Avatar.

Are you bored of your profile pic? Do you spend most of your time searching net to find an avatar that defines you? Then you will be soon breaking your habit, as I'm gonna tell you the 4 simple ways to edit your photo and form a splendid avatar.

Let us start with the Photoshop. To cartoonize yourself,
Open Photoshop >open your image (try your picture).
Then all you need to do is Go to Filter > Blur > and Gaussian Blur. Increase the radius as you wish.
Then once you are done; click on Edit > Fade Gaussian Blur. Select Darken in the drop down button, and adjust the opacity. Once done your image is ready. You can also choose among many different effects.

You may also give a pencil sketch effect to your image, and it will replicate as if you have created the sketch. The steps may seem to be a little long but don't worry only few minutes of patience will pay off ;) 
Just follow this simple steps.
Open the Image > In the layer palette create a duplicate image.
Then in the layer palette from the drop down menu change the Normal mode > Color dodge.
Now go to Image >Adjustment > Invert
Once you are done; go to Filter > Blur >Gaussian blur.
You might be getting an ugly image. But don't worry as pencil sketch is always black and white we need to change it to gray scale. To do this click on Image > Mode > Grayscale.
A dialogue box will open click on Flatten image. Again go to Gaussian Blur and increase the radius to 3. Then go to Edit > Fade Gaussian Blur> Select Darken in the drop down  menu button in place of Normal.
Now adjust the opacity to have a nice effect.What I have created is the picture below...

But if you don't have photoshop or you don't want to trouble the right lobe of your brain with it, but still want to have a fabulous image no need to worry there are some websites which provide a simple interface for photo editing and the best part is, they are free.

One of the most useful website to do photo editing and to cartoonize yourself  is befunky.com. All you need to do is upload a pic, edit it as you wish, see the preview and download it whenever you are satisfied. If this is not all, the website also gives you the flexibility of drawing mustaches, create canvas effects speaking bubbles and many other art effects which you will love to explore. 

Another website is cartoonize.net where all you have to do is upload a pic and download it. Just two simple steps and nothing more. So have a great time editing.