Hello from Phoenix, Arizona where the sun is shining brightly and the temps are very warm. I will be here until Sunday when two of my sister's from Focusing On Life, Dottie & Terri and I are headed to Palm Springs, CA for 4 days of fun with Tracey Clarke and the Shutter Sisters. We will also be joined by Stephanie, Leigh, and Linda. This is just going to be one of the best experiences of my life, bar none. I just wish the other 4, Claudia, Kim, Judy & Carol were with us and life would be complete. But they will be with us in spirit and plenty of pictures will be headed their way to include them in on all the happenings.
But before all of this happens, I need to share (1st some images that I have captured since I arrived and (2 a little lesson on adding fonts to your images.
Yesterday morning Terri and I met and headed off to Tucson to meet-up with Barbara Carroll for a fun day of photography in the Barrio section of Tucson (the place with all those wonderful, colorful doors and windows). Days don't get much better than when you are spending time doing something we all LOVE with those you LOVE. So some of these images were captured yesterday on our excursion, others are of the area around where I am staying while here in Phoenix.
I love adding quotes to some of my images and the easiest way to do this is thru an editing program such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements which is the program I use to edit and add quotes. After I have edited, cropped etc my image the first thing I do is search for a quote. The simplest way to do this is by searching via your search engine (I use google chrome) for a particular subject. I searched for "inspirational quotes" and found the one in the first image. Some of my favorite spots to find some good quotes are:
If you just type in to your search engine - ie quote motivational or quote rose, it will bring up several sites that fall into the category you are looking for. Sometimes you have to weed thru the ads but you will find plenty of sites that have great quotes. And I must admit that I also have several small books that I keep right next to my computer that are filled with wonderful quotes. Look in gift shops and specialty stores for these little books if you are interested in having some great quotations right at your fingertips.
OK, after you have found a quote that you like and is appropriate for your image, the next step is determining what font to use. I don't know which I love more, quotes or fonts. I gather fonts like I gather quotes. Below I have several images that I have added quotes to, and because we love to share here at Focusing On Life...I am providing you links to all of the fonts that I have used.
The grungy one is entitled "Hootie" and can be found here.... And the GATE font is entitled" Jenna Sue" found here
When adding quotes or verbage to an image I like to vary the fonts and the sizes. Sometimes it is easier to create a different layer for each "font". That way you can move them individually around on your image until you like the results. Using your horizontal type tool to add verbage, you can choose the type, size, & color via your photoshop elements program. I am fairly sure you can do this thru PicMonkey as well, altho I am not that familiar with that program.
The hummingbird font is entitled "Little Days" and here it is....
This little beauty is entitled "Cursif" and download it here. Note I enlarged the "A's" to highlight the beginning of the lines of quote.
A typewriter font entitiled "Adler" is found here
And finally, there are 3 different fonts in this quote. The first is "Nueva Std." found here, the 2nd one is the script font "Reliant Light" download here and finally the "W" in Windows is "Respective" found here.
There are so many sites out there in the internet world that are filled with fonts...some have to be purchased such as those from Two Peas In A Bucket which are reasonably priced, usually around $2.99. Or some fun free ones at Kevin and Amanda. DaFont is loaded with free fonts. I also have collected some of my fonts from postings on PINTEREST. If you are a member of PINTEREST find me here and then open the board entitled "FONTS" You will find many more fonts there.
We would love to see some of your images that you may have added a quote to...please share with us at our FOL flickr group. And don't forget our theme for the month is Light & Shadows, please continue to share your images and you might find yours featured here.