Friday, April 26, 2013

what a week | products, promos, pictures

Nicole here!  So the week began cold and nasty.  Seriously, winter coat cold and too bitter to run outside.  Yuck!  And today we are homeschooling on the porch with the birds chirping and beautiful sunshine beaming in....WHAT IS WITH THIS WEATHER????

I feel like on top of the fact that my allergies and sinuses are having a hayday with this rollercoaster weather, that my week has been spinning like a top!  The hubs and I are signed up to run Dam to Dam this year.  YIKES!  I have run it before but I had a baby a year ago and I like to use having a baby as an everlasting excuse not to exercise, so I have been kicking it into high gear to get ready for this 12.6 mile run....seriously...that is a LONG ways for someone who hasn't run much at all in the last ohhhhhhhh 2 years or so....but I am getting there.
And since I am being so awesome about running....I decided healthy eating should be a priority at our took my kids to Cherry Berry and let them eat frozen yogurt and candy for lunch yesterday.  seriously!  Even the 1 year old...I know, I am awesome like that!  no judging people!!!

But I doubt you are here to read all about my stuffy nose and candy is what's happening this week in the photography design world:

New PRODUCTS in the tCP store!!!  WOOT WOOT!!!
We also have been working on some new AWESOME business cards and promo posters!  If you happen to see a poster while you are out and about give us a shout out on Facebook and let us know where you saw it!  Or Instagram a pic of it!!!  We would love to know where you see us!
We also had photos to process, book collages to be made, graduation announcements to design, a canvas gallery wrap to design and more!  Hope you guys had an awesome week!!!!  

Friday, April 19, 2013

It's HERE, It's HERE!!!!

A NEW STORE IS LAUNCHING TODAY!!!  And Urban Wings Art will be selling Photography Resources, Textures, Actions, Templates, Graphics and MORE!!!  It is SUCH an exciting day for us!

Tell Your Friends!!
It’s HERE!!  It’s TIME!!
Join us as we launch a new site and store
dedicated to making your photos the star attraction!
Chat and Celebration tonight!
April 19th at 8PM EST!
We will be in the chat room for fun and prizes*!  We hope to see you there!
*Register at the store in advance to be entered into a prize drawing!

Get more info through out the day on our FACEBOOK PAGE!!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Natalie | Des Moines Senior Photography

Gorgeous. Committed. Determined.


Natalie had a unique idea of photographing her 4 different high school sports. We had a great time on a COLD spring morning shooting some artistic shots in Des Moines. Thanks Natalie for sharing your creative vision with us!!!

Come check us out on FACEBOOK we love seeing our fans there!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Photography Tutorial Tuesday | Newsprint Matte Photo Effect

Newsprint Black and White Photo Effect | By Nicole Young of Urban Wings Art

Matte Coloring and Matte Black and Whites are incredibly popular right now and really give photos a dramatic edge.  I will show you a quick tutorial on creating an easy "newsprint" black and white matte photo using two adjustments in Photoshop.
Step 1:  Duplicate your photo.

Step 2:  Choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation.  Click OK on the first window.  Move your Saturation slider all the way to -100 and close the adjustment box.

Step 3:  Choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer> Levels.  Stay on the RGB dropdown and going from left to right insert 55, 0.85, and 225.  For output levels enter 45 and 230. And close adjustment window. (See picture below).

And VOILA!  Done!  A moody black and white newsprint style matte photo!

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