How cool is this graphic?
Michael Offutt is a good blogging friend of mine. I enjoy reading every word of his posts. Besides being an engaging writer, he’s a talented artist. His debut book, Slipstream, has just been released by Double Dragon, which might be the coolest name for a publisher. Michael has taken over my blog to give marketing/Photoshop tips.
Because writers need to do so much of their own marketing, I feel that investing in a little program called Adobe Photoshop Elements can really pay off. This program is less than $100, and I’ve been able to make my own gifs, make my blog look nice, and draw some of the characters that I have running around in my head.
Embedded with this post is my first attempt at making a gif. I think it turned out pretty good. The boy is how I picture Jordan looking in my head (random trivia…Theresa also likes the name ‘Jordan’) , and I tried really hard to make him look seventeen and not like the actors who are 27 years old playing teenagers on Glee.
All I did was watch a YouTube tutorial and it was simple. I made three layers in Photoshop, simplified them with a right click, and then saved it for the web which automatically launches a gif panel where you can view it.
It really is that easy. We may be writers, but we are also artists. The right tools can make all the difference.
I have a contest for the release of my book. I will pick one random person who comments on this post to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a SLIPSTREAM jeweled spider (the same person wins both prizes). The jeweled spider really sparkles in the sunlight. I hope whoever wins it really likes it. Also, please make sure that your email is linked to your signature in some way J. And yes, the crystal spiders play an important role in my book.
1) Mark my book “To Read” on Goodreads.
2) Comment on this post.
3) Tweet this post if you have twitter. You don’t have to sign-up for twitter. It’s the “honor” system. J
That’s it. I will choose a winner on Saturday, May 19th. And thank you, Theresa, for having me on your fine blog.