How to Tackle the Dreaded “Silhouette Monster” in a Photo

    Rescuing a Nice View   This is the same photo taken at the Matisse (Arabesque) exhibit in Rome, Italy a few weeks ago. (Some of you know what a color geek I am, so this show was a must-see.) As we rounded the corner to head back downstairs to the gift shop, we got a glimpse of a lovely view of Rome from the window just as the sun was about to set....

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Top Image Hacks You NEED to Know -Lipstick on a Horse

OK, so maybe you don’t really NEED to know how to put lipstick on a horse. But by using these fun and simple digital painting techniques, you’ll easily be able to add a bit of make-up to someone, brighten teeth, or even give someone a digital tan (sans the nasty skin damage.) This is a free lesson from my new Udemy course, Photoshop / GIMP Spotlight: Top...

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Thank You Italy, For Giving Me Mama’s Boys

You really have not heard the word “mama” until you’ve heard it come out of an Italian’s mouth. Better still, from the mouths of your own Italian children. “MA-MAA!” Each syllable is drawn out, flush full of adoration which can only be pronounced and delivered as sacred sound offerings that are best articulated with slightly pained facial expressions and...

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Using Color Secrets to Sell: 5 Call To Action Button Case Studies

    This post was written by guest blogger, Chintan Zalani of Mumbai, India. Chintan is also a student in my top-rated online Udemy course, Life Hack With Color Psychology: Increase Your Influence and offers high quality writing services at http://www.elitecopywriter.com/ —————- Five Call to Action Button Case Studies of E-Commerce...

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4 Ways Comedy Improv Can Make Life Easier: Lessons Learned

    I have funny friends. Not just funny peculiar, but also ha-ha funny. Yesterday my arguably funniest friend, Rome’s Comedy Club founder Marsha De Salvatore stopped by The American University of Rome where I work to give a Lunch and Learn Workshop for my Media, Art, and Social Activism class and students from AUR’s Film and Digital Media Program....

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Adventures in Online Teaching: An Old Fashioned Professor’s Tale

    Which hat would you like me to wear? I’ve just finished (sort of) a full day teaching two university classes, had a meeting to discuss institutional curriculum, met with a steady stream of students with questions about events, clubs, film equipment to sign out, student assistant pay slips, graduation request forms, and job and internship inquiries. I...

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