Photoshop Fun for Friday

I’ve discovered I’m kind of in love with Photoshop.  Which is proof that you really can go from hate to love.  There’s hope for Brussells Sprouts in my life yet.

Photoshop has what might be referred to as a bit of a learning curve.  When you first get the software and fiddle around with it you learn that you hate it.  Then you learn to control yourself from throwing your computer across the room.  Then you learn that’s futile and you learn how to save up for a new computer.  You learn to suppress your swearing while using Photoshop when children are around, you learn *new* and more aggressive swear words when they’re not.

So trying to figure out Photoshop is basically a festival of learning all kinds of new and exciting things.

Then, once several months have passed, you accept that you’ll never actually “learn” Photoshop.  You’ll probably never even like it.  But like 2 wild animals thrust into the same cage for life, you will learn to co-exist.

It’s either that or learn to strangle software, which is much harder than it sounds.  There’s nowhere to grab really.

Now that almost a year has passed since I got Photoshop I’m proud to call myself a Photoshop semi-amateur.  If you’ve ever struggled with this stupid software you know what an accomplishment that is.  I’m kindda proud.

Since I’m a self-classified  “semi-amateur” Photoshopper I wouldn’t dare try to show you anything it does.  Not just yet.  Most of what I accomplish in Photoshop is completely by accident that I spend weeks trying to replicate.  Unsuccessfully usually.  Sometimes I press a button and lines and numbers appear all over my picture and the only way to get rid of it is to shut my eyes, close the entire program and walk away.  If I’m lucky when I open the program up again the lines and numbers are gone.

If I’m unlucky … they’re still there.  The only saving grace is I usually come up with a pretty good new swear word at this point.

Like Snacklefart.  Or Fuargeeeeshi…ARGHsnot.

But for all the anger and frustration, Photoshop can be not only a great tool but a really FUN program.  My niece recently sent me a picture that her husband took of her kids.

At the very moment he took the picture the scene before him transformed.  The very second the camera clicked, his son took on some sort of bizarre Rapper in training pose.  And once the picture was taken … it was gone.   That millisecond in time, fortuitously caught … by the camera.





It’s a cute picture all on its own.  Funny even.  His arm slung oh so casually, yet protectively over his girl.  Her face beaming at the camera with all the pride every rap girlfriend feels.  You can almost hear the “Heyyyyyyyy!”  escape her mouth.

I laughed out loud when I saw that picture.  Not an “LOL”.  An actual LAUGH OUT LOUD cackle.  And immediately I knew I had to make the picture even better.  That’s what happens when you begin to love Photoshop.  Everything is a possible Photoshop opportunity.  Some people use it for good, some for evil and some … like me … for funny.




Have a Photoshopped picture you’re proud of?  Send it to me at

The best Photoshopped pics will appear in a post next Friday (April 20th, 2012). Need some inspiration?  Try Photoshopping this …



If you have a blog don’t forget to give me your site and I’ll link to it.

Good luck!  Have fun!  Please get your entries to me by Tuesday night so I have time to … well … Photoshop them.  (just throw them into a collage actually)

Have a great weekend.


  1. Lindey R. says:

    Karen, I use photoshop everyday and am what you would call a “professional”, and there are still days I hate it.

    Take a class, it may help relieve the frustration. Out local community college offers them as one day seminars. I still have to take a class every few years when I update to a new version.

    • Karen says:

      Lindsey – Well … I did take a class. :) If it weren’t for that class I’d still be completely lost instead of just incredibly frustrated. ~ karen

  2. Katrina says:

    ZOMG, I love me some Photoshop. I can’t help it, all those pixels to twist to my will!!!! I’ve been using Photoshop since version 4, back in ye olden times when there was only ONE undo allowed. The best way to learn it is by using it, and doing projects of gradually increasing complexity. I highly reccommend Terry White’s tech blog. He’s a product evangalist for Adobe and always shows off the newest tricks in each new version. I’m happy to say I’m a pro… and it only took 13 years!

  3. Barbie says:

    I am SO with you on the photoshop thingy! I have only used it to mostly make myself look skinner when I was feeling a picture made me look fat! LOL Using the clone tool.
    I REALLY need to try harder!
    Looking forward to the entries of peoples funny photoshopped stuff!
    PS: How is the front yard garden going? Been thinking about you this week.

    • Karen says:

      Barbie – I’m still working away. I’ve discovered I maybe needed 2 weeks off, not one. Today is planting day! Even though I’m still in a bit of a mess. Gotta get the cold weather crops in though! ~ k

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Just discovered your blog and WOW what a fun place to be. Looks like a blast over here with all your creative juices. So, I’ll be back. The photoshop post has me smiling and of course I’ll want to check out the entries for the contest. FUN.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m glad you found my site. And yup. It’s a fun place to be. I don’t know how so many fun/funny people found the site but I’m glad they did. ~ karen!

  5. Allison says:

    Karen, I this might be your issue with those god-forsaken lines and numbers:

    View > Show > Slices

    When they pop up on your screen, there will be a check mark next to “slices.” Click it to turn it off.

    I’m not giving you this information so that new swear words will go uncreated. I just wanted to free up some of your time because I bet you have a lot of vaginas to still punch from your french fry post!


  6. Lisa says:

    It took me about 4 years to become moderately proficient in Photoshop and then I switched to Illustrator to draw better graphics (I do web graphics on the side). When I go back to photoshop for photo editing I get frustrated too. It’s totally not like riding a bike. Either that or I’m getting too old.

  7. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    How did I know that you would be getting some brussel sprouts recipes today..The kids are adorable..luckily he was only possessed by a rapper spirit for that

  8. I recently took an online Photoshop class, otherwise I’d still be on square one. Can we say not intuitive? You can see a couple of my P-shop efforts on my latest blog entry here:
    The dachshund and the toy just above her. You’ll know it when you see them!

  9. Karol says:

    “Layers” are your friend in Photoshop.
    I agree with Patti, it is constantly changing with every new version, and you have to start kind of fresh each time to figure out what changes were made and what fun tools were added. There are tons of tutorials on-line, and being a visual learner, I have picked up some excellent tips from them.

  10. Sara S. says:

    I used CorelDraw years and years ago, which made the learning curve for PSE (which I still use – I’ve never felt the need to go to full PS) much shorter for me. I still learn new things all the time – and I use my PSE on a daily basis. I think it’s just one of those programs that you’re ALWAYS going to find some new thing to do, or way to use a particular tool.

    And if someone tried to take it away from me at this point….well…I watch a lot of crime procedurals. I can MAKE it look like an accident. ;)

  11. Linda says:

    I have Photoshop on my computer and I’ve found the easiest way to use it is to call my son & say “Can you help me with this?”. Then he comes over & after a lot of “oh, that’s not what I meant to do” and “Let’s see…where is that thing?”…what I wanted just sorta magically appears! Easy peasy! Of course I never remember where he went or what he clicked on, so the process gets repeated the next time I want something!

  12. Patti says:

    Oh fun!

    As a graphic designer, I actually went to school and a huge part of the curriculum was to learn photoshop (and Illustrator and InDesign). I already had a little experience working with it, so I had that going for me, but it became very evident, very fast, that no one can ever know that whole program inside and out. Things move, things change. Every new release means that things are in different places and there are new features offered, and some features have been removed. I doubt that there is a single person out there who could say, with confidence, that they know that program inside and out and ALL of the capabilities that it offers, because there are so many variables that could produce such different results!
    Once you figure that out, the program becomes a little less daunting. Every time you learn a new technique, you become that much more of an expert. AND, if you learn the quick keys for the basic tasks (Apple N opens a new window – Or Ctrl N for PC users) – other people will think that you`re a genius as they watch you whiz around the program.

    So don`t give up, fellow Photoshoppers! Never fear! The fun of photoshop is that there is ALWAYS something new to learn!

    Nice work, Karen! I`ll see if I can dig up a doozie for you!

    Happy Firday the 13th!

    • Patti says:

      I should`ve said”I went to school and Photoshop was actually a huge part of the curriculum,” not “I actually went to school.” That’s like me saying “I went to school, when no one else did” or something snobby like that.

      Sorry – I haven’t finished my first tea of the day yet. I shouldn’t comment until I’m more lucid.

    • Lindey R. says:

      Patti, I couldn’t agree more! My colleges and I were just talking about taking a class because we are sure there are SOOO many new tools we don’t know how to use since we originally learned on PS7, or earlier….
      I am also convinced there are no working designers out there who know everything about PS (because there is so much else we have to know too!) just the handful of experts that work at adobe!

  13. Stacy says:

    I am soooo with you on learning photoshop except that I gave up! Every Christmas I go on it to try make a card, never remembering how I did it the year before, Argggh…

  14. Trish Gannon says:

    I’ve been using Photoshop for an awfully long time and I still remember the start of the learning curve. I wanted to put a border on a picture and after four days (four days!) of trying to figure it out, I asked a friend and learned you have to ‘stroke’ it. I would never have figured that out on my own.

    • Karen says:

      Trish – Oh that’s funny! That was one of the first things I tried to figure out. I had go Google it. Yeah … stroke. Like that’s so obvious. ??? ~ karen

      • Shauna says:

        That sounds very dirty. Are all of photoshop commands created by the porn industry?

        I don’t have photoshop. I’m very curious, but very afraid. Maybe I’ll try the free photoshop express one of your readers mentioned above.

  15. Angela says:

    How come it says there are 11 comments when I can only see 2?

    More on Chippy please!

    Happy Friday the 13th!

  16. Great pic! And I totally relate to your frustration with Photoshop. I finally calmed down when I realized that I won’t live long enough to learn everything Photoshop can do. It’s a massive program!

  17. Kathy Mormino-the Chicken Chick says:

    I feel similarly about many programs on my computer and iPhone. I now know just enough not to hurt anyone with it.

    I’m looking forward to the Photoshopped versions of your hen!

    Love your blog, which was recommended to me by an eBay customer! Feel free to check out mine at

    the Chicken Chick
    on Facebook at Egg Carton Labels by ADozenGirlz

    • Karen says:

      Glad you found my site Kathy! I’ll take a look at yours once my front yard vegetable garden is in and I can relax and have a good look at it. ~ karen!

  18. Now, you might want to hold back, and try not to throw me too many Friday kisses ( that sounded gross. whateve) ..when you hear this news…
    There is a blog called Pugly Pixel which helps bloggers to work with Photoshop. It looks top drawer COOL. Great free downloads and all. I haven’t done too much in there, cause I am FRAID. Afraid of Photoshop so far.

    Big burning question: Did you buy your photoshop program? So far, all I have is the FREE photoshop express on the web,and a bamboo tablet with photoshop elements. Do I need to buy the software to really rock and roll with Photoshop?

    Help. I’m a scaredy cat.
    Lynne xx

  19. Deborah says:

    HAHAHAHAHA! Yer Funny! Photoshop…BAH! I banned that from my computer recently after hard drive failuer (and many days spent reloading a lifetime’s worth of software) and hubs said, do you want Photoshop back on? I said HELL NO! That dang program is IMPOSSIBLE to learn without a PHd! Shall I call you Doctor Karen now??? ;P

  20. Jennifer says:

    The original photo actually looks like it has already been photoshopped…the knee hockey net and the basket of folded laundry…stoner/rapper w/ his chick…not likely! :-)

  21. Brenda says:

    That picture will haunt that poor little boy for life..hysterical.

    I have had Photoshop Elements for a couple of months, had to purchase ‘The Missing Manual’ by Barbara helps..somewhat…sigh.

    • Shannon V. says:

      Brenda….not sure where you live but look at classes your local school board may offer. I bought PSE before Christmas and had played around a little with it but ended up taking an Introduction to Photoshop Elements class that our school board offered for night school. It has really helped a lot. I am still feeling my way around the program, but I definitely don’t feel as intimidated any more.

  22. Gayla T says:

    Cute kiddos and great photoshopped picture. I didn’t know you could do things like that with it. I thought the only thing it was for is putting UFO’s in the sky behind everyone you are shooting. Or, there’s the cute little aliens sneaking around Aunt Trudy’s garden that are so popular with the photoshop crowd. Are boys holding onto their crotches a step up from UFO’s or a step down? When you start doing them I’ll be really impressed although turning a toddler into a rapper is nothing to sneeze at. I actually do have Photoshop on my ‘puter and have learned a lot about it. For example, I can turn a photo onto it’s side. How’s that for impressive? I know! I’m pretty proud of it. I think if I keep at it, it may be possible to turn it upside down. So, don’t get depressed. Keep working on it and soon you’ll be as good at it as I am.

  23. Ciscley says:

    Pan roasted brussell sprouts with pine nuts and pancetta – that’s what did it for me. 34 years of loathing them as smelly and slimy, completely reversed by one recipe.

    No such epiphany yet with photoshop. I can use it when I have to, but I’d still rather feed it to the dog.

  24. Not Real Name says:

    Is it wrong that I giggled because little man’s shirt says “BUZZ”, and he looks just a teensy bit stoned? LOL That is an epic Photoshop, Karen. Well done!

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