Posted in Knit Ramblings

Learning Photoshop

I came across this tutorial in a knitting community on LiveJournal on how to Photoshop a white background on your knitting. Those who read other knitting blogs may have seen these before. I have Photoshop CS2 and Elements on my computer, but truth be told I only use Elements to crop and resize photos. I know, I know… I should really learn more about it, but I have a difficult time just “playing around with things” to learn them – I need a really good book, person or class to teach me certain programs that are really in depth like Photoshop is. At any rate, I’m really proud of myself for learning something new in Photoshop! I took a photo of the project I started last night for my sister. It’s a hat. I’ve never gotten such true color in a photo and now I know how to lighten photos up (any photos) and get a more true color from a photo I took.

Here are my efforts:

From this:

To this:

Of course, this is only my first attempt and I know the bottom of the photo could use a little work, but because of the lighting in the original photo and the shadow it caused on the bottom it was really difficult to completely get rid of it. I just wanted to share this in case there’s anyone else out there with Photoshop that hasn’t done this before and wanted to know how to do it.



I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.