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FaceBook Fan Pages

• Do you have a FaceBook Fan Page?
• Do you have any tips for making the most out of a fan page?
• What are some of your favorite pages?
 
Some of my favorite pages are:

TommyBahama NeimanMarcus ChelseaHandler RuPaul MonkeyWitch Wanderlust

 


 

 
A FaceBook Fan Page allows you to update and interact with “fans” while keeping your personal profile private.
 
CREATE
When you are ready to create a Fan Page, visit FaceBook’s Create A Page.
 

 
Complete the fields.
 
PICTURE
Your Fan Page picture can safely be 200 pixels wide by 600 pixels long.
 
THUMBNAIL
Once uploaded, set your thumbnail pic by selecting the pencil icon on the upper right corner of your main page photo.
 


 
OPTIONAL STEP:
Fan Pages can have a landing page. A landing page is the first page visitors see.
 
To insert jpgs and/or links on your landing page, you will need to install Static FBML. This FB application allows html to work on your page(s).
 
From your main fan page, choose, “Edit Page”. Scroll down to, “More Applications”, and click, “Choose More”. Search the Apps for Static FBML. Here is the direct link: Static FBML. Click, “Add To Page”.
 
Your fan page will now have a new tab titled, “FMBL+”. From your main fan page, again select, “Edit Page”. Static FBML will now have it’s own place under Apps.
 

 
Choose, “edit” to rename the tab and insert your html.
 
I named my tab, “Welcome”, and created a landing page jpg that is 757 pixels x 522 pixels. I chose not to link it to my website so I would not redirect potential fans as soon as they had found my page.
 
As an added note, when I hosted my landing page jpg at Photobucket, the html did not work, and my image was a broken link. After much frustration, I uploaded the jpg to my wordpress site (under Media), and the link did work.
 


 
WALL SETTINGS
Return once again to the main page of your fan page, and select, “Edit Page”. Time to edit your wall settings. Here you can choose your landing page, and select whether fans can post videos, photos or links.
 

 
PROMOTE
Now you are ready to promote your fan page. From your main fan page, you can share the link to your personal profile, or suggest to friends.
 
Create your Fan Page Badge to display on your website. From your main page/edit page, “Promote With FaceBook” badge is in the right column. Insert the html on your website.
 
UPDATES
Use the Networked Blogs app. to automatically post links to your latest blog.
 
URL
Once you have 25 fans, you can change the url of your page to something more personalized. Find that setting here; scroll to the bottom, and Set A User Name for your pages.

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iMovie Basics

iLifeTurning your photos into movies is easy with iMovie, part of the iLife software package. I’ve heard the PC software equivalent to iMovie is Sony Vegas.
 
Here is a step-by-step instructional video I put together. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects! Let me know if you have additional questions.
 

• iLife, available at Apple Store, retails for $79.00.
• iPhone iMovie app, downloadable through iTunes, is available for $4.99.
• Sony Vegas, available at Sony Creative Software, priced at $44.95 and up.

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Podcast U

I did it! I started an iTunes podcast. It was easier than I anticipated, and some helpful links are posted below.
 
I’ve only subscribed to one other podcast in my life and that was CNN Robin Meade‘s. She airs behind the scenes antics & interviews. Being a podcast newbie, I don’t know what is normal or expected, so will just put my spin on it.
 
REALITY with Jean Has Been Shopping, so far, revolves around my family. If anyone else would like me to stalk them with my Flip video camera, I’d be more than happy.
 
I really want my husband to take his Flip to his favorite hangout bar because some of the stories he tells are so juicy! In the meantime, here is Episode 1 / Pool • Time.
 

 
I cannot recommend iMovie enough! This week I learned how to create a freeze frame (control + enter). Reminds me of those 80’s shows that always ended on a cheesy still.
 
Helpful Links
• Podcasts can be hosted for free at BlipTV.
Warning: Some of the videos are explicit.
• BlipTV can submit your podcast to iTunes. Prior to submitting, create a 600×600 image for your iTunes cover art. iTunes Podcast Technical Specs can be found here.
• To view and/or subscribe to my iTunes podcast, click here.
 
1) Have you tried podcasting?
2) Do you subscribe to any podcasts?
3) What do you feel a podcast should feature?
4) Would you allow cameras into your home?
 
Thanks for reading!

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PS Tips VI: Photo Correction

Take the best qualities of individual photos and merge them into one.
 

 

 
I’m using PhotoShop CS2.
 
Step 1: Open the photos. File, Open, and select the jpg images you wish to work with.
 
Step 2: Select Lasso Tool. In this instance, I lassoed the open eyes.
 

 
Step 3: Select your Pointer Tool. Drag the open eyes to your main (keeper) photo.
 

 
Note: I adjusted curves to lighten the eyes and more closely match the keeper photo. To adjust curves: Image, Adjustments, Curves. Slide the line on the grid UP to lighten or DOWN to darken (with jpg images. The reverse is actually true for cmyk images.)
 
Step 4: Soften Edges. Using your Magic Wand, click anywhere on the image except for the new eyes. Make sure you are on the new layer.
 

 
Select, Feather. I chose 5 pixels. Press “ok”, and then your Delete Key. You can press delete several times to get a softer edge. If you go too far, use Apple + Z to reverse the last step.
 

 
Step 5: Repeat. I used these same steps to bring the horse over to the “keeper” photo.
 
Step 6: Erase hard edges. Instead of feathering, I chose to use the Eraser Tool to soften the edges of the horse layer.
 

 
Step 7: Copy/Paste. While on your main (keeper) background, copy (Apple + C) a few individual leaves and paste (Apple + V). A new layer will be created with these leaves. In the Layers Window, drag this new layer to the top (above the horse layer).
 

 
Using your Pointer Tool, drag the leaves around the photo and place them in a believable, foreground position. Feather or erase hard edges.
 

 
Step 8: Merge Layers. Layer, Flatten Image.
 
Step 9: Save As. File, Save As, enter a new name so the original file will be unchanged.
 
FINISHED PRODUCT:
Christmas 2008
 

 
Thank you for reading!

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How To: Raise Hams

“Come on, Tom. It’ll be fun!”, I pleaded. “It’s just you and me. I’ll set up my camera, and you grab your meat, all nine pounds of it.”

Fits of laughter.

“Ok, I’ll take my big cannon and show you who’s boss.” Tom cajoled.

More laughter and innuendo.

The buzz of the evening wore off, but the playful conversation lingered in my head. Was he ready for his close up? Yes, actually he was. While I set up the tripod, he cleared the counter and set up an array of spices and secret ingredients for we were making an instructional video. Not the type Carrie Prejean would record but an honest to goodness How To video for making jerky.

I should call him One Take Tom for he could expound on the subject without missing a beat. It was hard to decide what should fall to the cutting room floor, or be deleted via iMovie. He’s my husband, and I felt a bit guilty omitting recorded episodes of meat grinding, salt sprinkling, and the tearing open of hot pepper packets. But cut I did, and replaced with photos overlaid with text. Even with all the snips, the video runs nearly seven minutes long. I’ll post the YouTube link below for those interested in jerking their meat.

With Mommy and Daddy making videos, it seemed natural when my seven year old asked to record her recipe for a soda drink. She wrote down her ingredients, sending Tom to the store for more Diet Coke. She had plenty of Pepsis which are on hand for guests. Her little sister was her lovely assistant, nodding her head and chiming in at just the right moment. I think my girls had a lot of presence for seven and four. Who else but a child would combine the two powerhouses of cola?

• Coke or Pepsi?
• Carrie Prejean, Donald Trump, or Perez Hilton?
• Behind the camera or in front of it?

Tom’s YouTube debut! How To: Make Elk Jerky

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How To: Make a Mayflower Martini

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…. Oh, hi! I’m just getting in the mood for the holidays! Do you know what always puts me in the mood this time of year? Martinis! Yes, that’s right. Martinis.

Here’s a recipe for the Mayflower Martini. It’s easy & tasty.

Ingredients:
• 1 tsp. Vermouth
• 1 part gin
• 2 parts white cranberry juice
• ice

Directions:
1. Add 1 tsp. Vermouth to martini glass. Swirl to coat. Pour out excess.
2. Add ice to martini shaker.
3. Pour 1 part gin and 2 parts white cranberry juice into shaker.
4. With cap in place, shake the shaker.
5. Remove tip of shaker. Pour/strain cocktail into martini glass.
6. Cheers!

This recipe comes from Sandra Lee of the Food Network. She makes meals that are “almost” homemade. Her Thanksgiving menu really caught my eye a few years back. Let’s see if I can find the link and add. Ah, here it is! Semi-Homemade Thanksgiving. Wait! Even for semi-homemade, that looks like a lot of work. You know who really nailed down a fast Thanksgiving dinner? Rachel Ray. Seriously. Here’s a link to her recipes for Thanksgiving in 60 [minutes]. You’re welcome.

• Can I make you a martini? I promise I won’t spill your cranberry juice.
• Have you tried any of Sandra or Rachel’s recipes?
• What is on your Thanksgiving menu?

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PhotoShop Tips V: Add Text to Photos

Thank you to Steve for this tutorial suggestion.

Part 1: Downloading Fonts from the Internet

Check out FontSpace.com for free fonts.

Choose your free font, download it, and unzip it (doubleclick on the zipped file). It will appear in your download folder.

Launch your MAC hard drive (click on Finder or the icon for your hard drive). Click on System, Library, Fonts. Drag the new font file from the download folder to the font folder. If your computer requires a password to add fonts or programs, you will be prompted to enter your code. The font is now in your system, and will appear when you launch your applicable programs.

Part 2: Adding Text to Photos

Step 1:
Launch PhotoShop and open the jpg file you would like to work with.

Step 2:
Select your Text Tool (the uppercase T on your side toolbar). Drag your mouse over the area of the photo where you will type text. Font selection is on your upper toolbar. Scroll through the fonts and make your selection. You can also select color via your side toolbar.

Step 3:
Type your text. To quickly change the font size, depress Apple plus A, and tap your > or < keys (greater than or less than). While on your pointer tool you can drag your text anywhere on the photo.

Step 4:
Make sure your Layers window is open (Window, Layers). Click on the lowercase f to make style changes to your font. Options include Drop Shadow, Stroke and Outer Glow. Experiment with the options. You will see the previews for these styles on your text prior to clicking OK. You can simply hit Cancel if you do not like the effect.

Step 5:
To warp text, click on the lopsided, underlined T on the top toolbar.

Step 6: When you are satisfied with your text, combine the layers. Layers, Flatten Image. Then Save As (change the name of the jpg if you do not want to damage the original file.

Upcoming tutorials may include the scrumptious Mayflower Martini and finding my own a** with both my hands. Some say that later one can’t be done.

Remember, I’m always open to your suggestions.

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PhotoShop Tips IV: Create a GIF

Thanks to Zero_Option for this tutorial suggestion.

This technique creates a gif with fading images. If you do not need to modify your jpgs, simply number in sequential order (see note in red below), and begin at step 10.

Step 1: In PhotoShop, open the two jpg files that you would like to animate.

Step 2: Enlarge the canvas of one jpg to give it a plain white border. Image, Canvas. Increase your width/height by 1″.

Step 3: Enlarge the canvas again to make room for the 2nd jpg. In this case, anchor the main jpg to the lower left, then increase width by 5″ and the height by 3″. Use the measurements of the 2nd photo to give you an idea how much of an increase is needed.

Step 4: Using your pointer tool, drag the 2nd jpg onto the 1st jpg.

Step 5: While on Layer 1 (the photo you have just dragged over), lower the opacity so you can see through it.

Step 6: Use your pointer tool to align the 2 photos. Code (the apple key) plus T allows you to transform. Shrink the photo to fit, and rotate to align. Make sure you hold the Shift button down keep proportions accurate. Otherwise your image will warp. Now return the opacity to 100%.

Step 7: Crop your image to remove any excess canvas. You are now ready to prepare your files for animation!

Step 8: Merge the layers. Layers, Flatten. When you save, create a new folder. File, Save As, 1.jpg.

Step 9: Undo the merge by pressing Code (the apple key) plus Z. You could also choose Edit, Step Backward.

Step 10: While on Layer 1, lower opacity to 90%. Merge the layers (Layers, Flatten). Save to your new folder as 2.jpg.

Repeat the process of undoing the merge, lowering opacity, and saving in numerical order.

Note: if you will have more than 9 final jpgs to combine, you will have to be creative with your numbering. Instead of naming the files 10, 11 and so forth, choose 91, 92, 93. The 10 would appear directly behind file number 1 and would throw things off.

When all of your files are ready, launch Adobe ImageReady CS2 (free with purchase of Adobe PhotoShop CS2).

Step 10: Choose File, Import, Folder As Frames. Select your working folder.

Step 11: On top of the Animation Box, click Animation and choose Select All Frames. On any of the frames, choose a speed (i.e. .2 seconds). Press the Play button to view the animation. Adjust speed if necessary.

Step 12: If it is all to your liking, select File, Save Optimized As… Change the default format to Images Only. Name your gif file.

Your GIF is ready!

If you have a suggestion for a future tutorial, please let me know.

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How To: Add NEW Color to B&W (PhotoShop)

Special thanks to GoofyMomof4 for requesting this tutorial. This is part 2 of 2. Part 1 demonstrated adding the original color back in to a b&w. Part 2 introduces NEW color to a black & white photo.

Photoshop Tips II ~ Part 2 of 2: Adding NEW Color to B&W

I’m using Photoshop 9 (CS2) for the demonstration. Written instructions follow. 

IMPORTANT: Opacity on Gradient Fill was reduced to 25%.

NOTE: Be sure your Photo Mode (Image, Adjust, Mode) is RGB.

SEPIA
In your open Layers Window, click on the circular icon which is half black/half white. Scroll down to Photo Filters.

These are your pre-set PhotoShop Photo Filter effects. Choose Sepia, and adjust the density to your liking.

To save this look, merge layers (flatten image), and save.

GRADIENT COLOR
The original photo is locked. In the Layers Window, drag the photo (named Background) to the Layers Icon (highlighted in red below), and repeat. You should now have 3 layers of the same photo.

Turn off (click on the eye) the locked layer and the top layer. Make sure your middle layer is selected in your Layers Window.

On your tool bar, select your colors.

Within your Color Picker window, your options are endless.

Once you have selected 2 colors, click on your Gradient Tool (it may be hiding behind your paint bucket).

I neglected to cover this step in the video, but lower your gradient opacity to 25%.

Holding your shift key down, draw a straight line with your mouse depressed, and release. The color will fill the entire image.

Turn on your top layer within your Layers Window (click on the box, and the eye will appear). Your image will now appear black & white. Make sure you have selected your top layer (lighted in blue below). You can use your Eraser Tool to remove the portions you would like to appear in color.

You can also use your Magic Wand tool – With your shift key depressed, tap the areas of the photo to select them.
Or use your Lasso tool – Depress your shift key and Lasso your selections. To remove portions for your selection, hold down your option key, and lasso the area which you’d like to remove.

When your selection area is complete, hit the delete key. You are now ready to Flatten Image (Layer, Flatten Image), and Save As to rename your completed photo.

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for the next tutorial.

Thanks for reading!

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How To: Make a Vodka Lemonade

How To: Make a Vodka Lemonade

I’m trying my hand at Video Blogging again!  This time I’m sharing our recipe for a lemonade cocktail.

Ingredients:

• Crystal Light Pink Lemonade
• Ice
• Fresh Strawberries
• Orange-flavored vodka

Add ice to a tall glass.  Top with 2 halved strawberries.  Cover with lemonade.  Add 1 shot of flavored vodka.  Stir and enjoy.

Did you hear about the Bacon flavored vodka?!


Bakon Vodka

It’s currently available in Washington and Oregon, and is a key ingredient in Bakon Marys and Bakon Chocolate Martinis.

The combination of bacon and chocolate sounds good, like the candy bar Vosges in Vegas offers.  I think I’d mix hot cocoa with the bacon vodka and top with marshmallows or whipped cream. 

Speaking of candy, our daughter is attending 2 weeks of Candy Camp.  It’s offered through her school.  In the mornings, they make candy, and in the afternoons, they have their regular corriculum.  Yesterday she made chocolate covered pretzels, and today she made rice krispy treats.  I’m excited to see what she’ll bring home next.

Alright, the kids are cha-cha’ing all over the house.  I’d better go chase them around.  Where’d I leave my cocktail?

Thanks for reading!

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