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Photo Editing Saves the Day!

Photo Editing Saves the Day!

Photo editing is really quite amazing. We take photos to capture a very important moment and sometimes are so disappointed in the outcome. The photo is too dark, the color just isn’t right, someone or something is in the photo that you’d rather not have there…The list goes on and on.  Well here is a sample of a very dark photo that has been saved via photo editing…Color adjustments, lightening the image, tweaking the contrast, cropping, etc., and the result is a rather nice composition that you can actually see!

photo editing

Do you have a photo that needs a bit of care? Something that is important to you? Something that is needed for your marketing collateral or an old photograph that needs to be restored?  Designer Mouse can help! Whether you have a digital file or a hard copy photograph requiring a scan, we can take a look and let you know if the image can be saved.

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Marketing Strategy

How to Potty Train a Water Turtle (and other marketing strategies for Thinking Think Outside the Box)

Did you ever have a pet water turtle as a kid? You know, the ones in the plastic bowl with the palm tree?  They never lasted too long….Well when my daughter was 5, she received a turtle at a birthday party instead of a goodie bag…It was just about the size of a 50 cent piece (wow, that dates me, doesn’t it!)…As a parent, I would have preferred she receive the goodie bag!

Anyway, that was 20 years ago and Sally the turtle is still with us…As you know, once you name them, they’re part of the family. ..and turtles are the dirtiest things!  Over the years, Sally has outgrown bowls and aquariums. I have cleaned more turtle containers than I care to mention!

Well, we decided to let Sally have the run of our laundry room rather than be cooped up in an aquarium all the time. We started providing a shallow pan of water.  We would put her in the pan and feed her and she would take care of the rest.

What began to happen was that Sally would get in the pan on her own when she was hungry. We’d feed her, she’d take care of business and then move on…The beauty of this is that cleaning out a small pan is so much easier than a large aquarium.

Did you know you could potty train a turtle?  Did you think turtles were that smart? I had no idea!

I know this is such a random story to tell, but believe me, there is a point…It’s about Thinking Outside the Box! At a networking seminar I recently attended, the concept of thinking beyond the obvious client opportunity was introduced. The question is: what type of business (that your competition hasn’t thought about yet) would be a good referral source for you? If this hasn’t occurred to your competition, then you are ahead of the game!

As a graphic designer and particularly one that is looking to build my photo restoration business, let me just throw out an idea….Again, this will seem random but stay with me…Morticians…..Now you’re asking “why would a graphic designer want to be introduced to morticians?”  Well, think about it. When someone is preparing for a service for the dearly departed, they put out a display of photos…Some are VERY OLD. They’ve been stuffed in a drawer, folded, torn…You get the picture (well actually, I hope I get the picture–ha ha).

They also might have a family photo where one person is missing from the group. They would be ever so grateful to have the entire family together in at least one picture.  See the lady in the striped shirt in the picture on the left?  Well, now she’s added to the photo on the right…plus she has feet!

Back to thinking outside the box…Morticians…Such an odd sounding referral opportunity, but a potential goldmine…And there are others. We all just need to think beyond the obvious.

Here’s another good tip…Figure out who you know that would have the same database of clients, non-competing of course. Who is their supplier of products they use?  What about the financial planners who want to meet those who have just received an inheritance? These are individuals who would love to share referrals—They are not your competition and they open new opportunities.

Just think about it…Outside the box, of course!

Photo Restoration

Photo Restoration – Watch a Photo Come to Life

Just wanted to share a photo restoration project I’m working….It’s amazing to see what can be done to correct aged photos. The original image I scanned was very faded and very monochrome.  Mind you, this project isn’t done yet, but here’s the progress so far…At the top left is the scanned image. Top right has enhanced color which brings out the damage. At the bottom is the image brought back into living color!


Do you have a photo that could use a bit of TLC? Designer Mouse can help!