App of the day: Pixlr Touch Up for Chrome

I love Adobe products, but they are so difficult to use and learn. I recently tried to create a very simple logo in Adobe Illustrator and I wanted to hit my head or computer against the wall several times throughout the process. Same applies to Photoshop. When I see photographers working miracles with blending several images, adding some fantastic effects, drawing and doing other magical things with that tool, that must have come from another planet, I think they deserve a monument. I know that it probably only looks scary and after you get used to it, you can fix a pimple or a red eye in a snap. But what if you don’t have time or desire to watch tutorials and spend hours trying to figure out how that thing works? I love software that works like a magic wand – Bibidi Bobbidi Boo and your picture looks amazing! Pixlr Touch Up, in my humble opinion, does just that.

In this post, we’re going to talk about Pixlr Touch Up for Chrome, that you can easily download from Chrome Web Store, however there are several other mobile and desktop options for the app. See more.

Tutorial:

After you download the app, you can launch it from Chrome App Launcher and you can create a desktop icon by dragging it from Chrome Apps menu.

You can choose a file from your computer or Google Drive.

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After the picture is opened, you have editing options at the bottom of the screen – Adjust, Effects, Overlays and Type.

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Here you can see all the options available under Adjust menu.

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Obviously, I need to rotate my photo and I’m selecting that. As you can see, you can also crop, resize, adjust contrast, color, auto fix, focal blur, touch up, clone, sharpen, blur, airbrush, smooth and liquify.

In the Rotate menu, you can also straighten the photo, which is a very useful feature to fix crooked photos.

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Another useful feature is Autofix. It comes in handy, if you want to fix the contrast and color balance. This photo was shot on an overcast day and colors did not come out as vivid as they were in reality, but Autofix brought them back.

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Now, I want to add even more depth and vibrance to the colors and I select the Color option from the menu.

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I’m pretty happy with how the picture looks now, so I’m going to save it. I can give it the same name and replace the existing one or give it a new name and I can also toggle the quality of the image.

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Obviously it it impossible to go over all of the effects and options in Pixlr in one tutorial, but I’m going to show you few more, so you get the idea.

Here are some of the filter in the Effects menu. For this picture I like the Aladin filter as it suits the ornament and makes it look bold.

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This is the Touch Up tool.

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Crop Tool

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please let me know if you like the app or what are the other photo editors you use.

xx,

Natella

Photograph Lost by Danny Woodward on 500px

Lost by Danny Woodward on 500px

There’s so much emotions behind this photo, it is so thought provoking and so mesmerizing! It left me speechless…

App of the day: Magisto Magical Video Editor for Chrome

I’ve wanted to start making videos for a while now. And I was looking for an easy-to-use editor to come around and voila! – I came across Magisto Magical Video Editor. In Magisto there is no time-frame, no difficult to understand and use controls, instead it’s as easy as 123! I have to mention that we’re talking only about short movies and as you can’t shuffle around your photos and videos, you don’t have much control over the end result. But, if you’re not into professional movie making and just want to play around with your photos and videos without investing too much time into it, then Magisto Editor is for you.

Here’s the video of Magisto for Android and although we’re going to talk about Chrome version today, it works the same:

Magisto uses Artificial Intelligence to select the best scenes out of your footage, to edit and produce a movie. Read more here.

Take a look at the Popular Feed.

Now, let’s have a look at the app itself.

Step 1 is adding photos and videos and it’s super easy as you drag and drop!

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Once all the media has uploaded, Step 2 – time to choose the editing style. If you click on the play button, you can see a sample of the video and description will tell you the best use for it. For example, Adrenaline theme is best for showing your sports activities.

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Step 3 – choose the music from the sample or select the music from your computer. You can preview the music by clicking on play button.

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I told ya this would be easy as 1-2-3 and I didn’t lie! That’s it! You’re done!

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Now tell me that this ain’t magic!

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Just check your e-mail and click on the link!

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Woohoo! You can now download the movie if you upgrade to Premium or Pro. But if you’d like to stick with Basic plan for now, you can share the video with your friends thru e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google + or anywhere else using the embed link.

Now, take a look at my creations using Magisto.

Ready to download Magisto Magical Video Edtor for Chrome?

Happy movie making!

xx,

Natella

I stumbled across this photo on Instagram few days ago and fell in love with everything in it: a beautiful model, the color of her hair, her total black look, accessories, cropped top and pencil skirt. And that awesome looking wallet. I love Saffiano leather and I have red Saffiano leather Prada wallet, which I can’t live without. I hope to add this one from Goldblack to my collection soon. I especially love that you can fit an iPhone in it. I love going for a walk with the minimum things because if you’re out for a long time even the lightest purse can make you feel uncomfortable and cause back pain. So a lot of times, I leave the house only with my phone and my wallet and being able to fit the phone into wallet, means that I have less things to carry around and I have one free arm to grab a coffee – bonus! 🙂

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Instagram account where I saw this picture – @instalmanya

Picture belongs to @goldbackofficial

You can get this wallet at Goldblack website. They offer free worldwide shipping. Use code “GLDBLK” for 10 % discount.

Product of the day: Nivea Aqua Effect Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 15

Nivea Aqua Effect Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 15 is for normal to mixed skin. It is perfect to use for fall and spring. During summer, it felt a bit heavy on the skin and I think that during winter, it’s better to use nourishing cream instead of moisturizing. Right now it feels great on the skin. The cream doesn’t have a strong smell, which is good.

Enriched with Vitamin E and Hydra IQ, it provides the skin intensive moisture and leaves it feeling fresh.

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My routine is as follows: First I clean the skin and apply the cream gently padding with the fingers. It is quite quickly absorbed by the skin, but I still prefer to wait one hour before applying foundation. Before applying foundation or BB cream, I use a napkin to get rid of excess cream or oils.

Apply on cleansed and toned face by gently massaging in small circular motions.

The cream does a good job of moisturizing as I don’t feel any dryness in my skin during the day. There’s also a night moisturizing cream from the same line, but I haven’t tried it yet.

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App of the day: Google Keep for Chrome

I’ve been writing a lot about apps for Chrome lately, all due to the fact that unless you use Mac, you miss on a lot of amazing apps and Chrome brings them to your desktop through Chrome Web Store. All you need to do is to have Google Chrome installed on your computer.

Google Keep is a note keeper, somewhat similar to Post-it notes on your desk or vision board. Unlike the lifeless post-its on your desk, Google Keep allows you to set reminders, add pictures and it synchronizes across devices. For now there’s no iOS app, but you can access all your notes through the web by entering https://keep.google.com

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Through the Menu you can access Reminders, Archive and Trash.

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To download Google Keep for Chrome, go to Chrome Web Store.

Inspiration of the day - a beautiful smile

This is Deniz Baysal, a young Turkish actress. I am mesmerized by her beautiful smile in this photo and who knows, maybe she’ll turn out to be in one of my future paintings 🙂

Hope this photo brought a smile on your face too 🙂

xx,

Natella

Product of the day: L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturizing Eye Cream

When you find a drug store product that works miracles that’s a double win because let’s face it: no one likes to spend a fortune on a product that you can’t show off (jk) and that will be gone in a few months time.

With eye cream I found my magic product – L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturizing Eye Cream. The cream has very light, gel-like texture, it is quickly absorbed by the skin and it smoothes out tiny wrinkles.

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App of the day: Any.do for Chrome

Any.do is a task organizer with a very clean design. Any.do is a winner of Apple’s 2012 “intuitive touch”, and Android best app 2012, for its clean & simple to use design and innovative features. It syncs information between your computer and mobile devices, so you have your to-do list with you all the time.

We live in exciting times. Our day-to-day is filled with more possibility and promise than ever before, and we simply experience more life in every moment.

As our worlds become fuller, the struggle is not to manage one’s life but instead to derive more happiness from it.

Email, Calendar, Tasks, Notes – are not mundane tools. They’re the lenses through which we focus our lives. At their simplest, they make us more efficient. At their greatest, they create a fluidity that completely changes how we see and interact with the world. That spectrum of possibility excites us here at Any.do, and we’re working to push its upper bound even further.We believe there is an untapped richness to the everyday, and we are the company that builds the apps that bridge people to it.

Productivity through play. Control through balance. Good day, every day.

The message from Any.do Team is so beautiful and inspiring that I had to share it. Don’t we often take the work too seriously? Don’t we get so overwhelmed with the fast rhythm of life and everyday tasks that we forget to savor the moment and enjoy what we do. I know that for me calmness comes from control, from knowing my path, knowing what I have to do and enjoying the sense of accomplishment when tasks that seemed scary and impossible at first, are done. And after they’re done, I know that I’ve learned and grown so much by not giving up and standing up for the challenges.

Any.do is available for iOS, Android and Chrome. I’m going to walk you through the desktop version available through Chrome Web Store.

This is what you see when you open Any.do from your computer. You can drag and drop tasks to form the agenda. I love the ‘Someday’ option 🙂 Don’t we all have the things we need to do, which we postpone to ‘someday’? Well, seeing them in your schedule everyday makes you want to get them done and out of your sight. Search and delete options are also available. This is the Time View.

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Here is the Folder View. It is useful when you want to separate personal tasks from work ones, or if you’re working on a specific project and want to see all completed and new tasks in one place.

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This is a New Task window. You have the option to select the Folder, the due date, set a reminder, urgency and recurrence. You can also add notes, create sub-tasks and add attachments.

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This is the Settings pop-up menu. You have the option to turn on/off the desktop notifications and that’s basically it.

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In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Few weeks ago a beautiful, inspiring and strong young lady contacted me and shared her story with me. Her name is Heather Von St. James. Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma 8 years ago – a rare and preventable cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. She had just given birth to her beautiful daughter, when she was given 15 months to live. After the life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, Heather made it her mission to protect the innocent victims and spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.

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Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called the mesothelium. The only known cause to mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. The sad fact is that asbestos is still not banned in all countries across the world.

Mesothelioma is dangerous because it commonly sits dormant in the body for 20-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos.

September 26th, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day and in honor of it, I want to share some facts and help spread awareness and I do believe that together we can help the victims and change the regulations related to asbestos.

  • Asbestos is a naturally occuring mineral that is classified as a known human carcinogen, because of its association with mesothelioma.
  • On average, 30 million pounds of asbestos are still being used in the United States today. The substance can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
  • Asbestos is used as building material in several developing countries throughout the world, including India and Brazil. Industrialized nations such as China, Russia, and Canada also continue to mine and use asbestos as material for consumer products.
  • This year 10,000 Americans will die of asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma and 200,000 people will be living with asbestos.
  • The EPA estimates that there are asbestos containing materials in most of the nations approximately 107,000 primary and secondary schools and 733,000 public and commercial buildings.
  • Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. On average, they are given 10 months to live.

What can you do to help? – Re-blog, share and spread the word on social media to raise awareness. One way you could do it is through Heather’s awareness page. You can also make a donation through MARF (Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation) donation form. For more information, see mesothelioma.com.