saudi-eid

Wow, I cannot believe that Ramadan is now over. This evening at sunset marked the last day of Ramadan and now it’s Eid, which is a holiday for us. Muslims celebrate two holidays only Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. I found a video online to show you all how a typical day goes here in the Gulf. The people in the video are not Saudi, but Emirati but the two countries are a lot alike when it comes to traditions.

Families wake up very early around sunset and usually just have some dates and water. Everyone wears new clothing that they bought especially for the holiday. Bukhoor is lit and passed around to make you smell good. From there everyone goes to the mosque to attend the Eid prayer where they listen to a small speach and then pray. After that, families have a large breakfast together and usually lay down for a nap since they woke up so early.

Children always get gifts, candies and money from other family members. Candy is displayed everywhere during Eid. It’s a must for every home. The main candy everyone buys is Galaxy Jewels. It’s an Eid tradition to visit your family on Eid and every house has a beautiful set filled with tea and Saudi coffee and also plates of dates, sweets and the chocolates. When visitors arrive they have a hot drink and sweets and wish their family members a Happy Eid and shortly leave.

The malls here have large areas for the kids that are much like a carnival in the states. Most families with kids usually take the kids somewhere like this so they can have fun and play. The next day of Eid families usually have a big Eid dinner together. Saudis are very lavish is everything they do from the way they decorate their homes, the way they dress and the food they serve.

loew

loew-font

I am a little late with font Friday, but I did not even realize the week was already over. It’s weird to say, but time has gone by so fast yet painfully slow for me at the same time. My schedule that I love is down the drain since it’s Ramamdan now. All day without food leaves you feeling cranky, tired and slow and then after sunset when you finally eat you fill up with energy. This is the time most people start winding down so that means everyone here is up all night and cannot sleep because they finally have the energy to do all the things they don’t during the day. It’s a mess, but at least I am not alone with my crazy schedule. I was browsing through some fonts and came across Loew and it caught my eye. It’s a simple font, but it looks so classy. It has several weights and it’s not free, but they are giving away the heavy weight which still looks good. I may have to buy a few of the rest though.

Loew is a geometric based sans serif font influenced by the early industrial designer’s. Pure mechanical shapes are carefully adjusted to give the characters the right form, function and usability. These subtle human touches combined with the technical detail provide great readability at both large and small point sizes. Loew is a versatile sans serif font with simple and honest geometry aimed at a wide range of modern applications. Details include over 800 characters with alternative lowercase a, e and g. Seven variations of numerals, true small caps with accents, manually edited kerning and Opentype features.

Friday’s font: Loew Heavy
Classifications: Sans Serif
Numbers of styles: 1
Designer: The Northern Block Ltd
Get it here: My Fonts

editing-images-in-photoshop

When it comes to my image processing I am really into a natural look so I do not do that much when it comes to editing. I do not have a lot of natural light in my house so I use a few actions to lighten my images. If I do not use my own images I use image stock from Shutterstock. Every now and again, I love a good black and white image or a little color applied, but usually I think natural images look the best and most realistic.

I use PhotoShop CS6 to edit my images. Over the years I have tried a lot of actions, but my three favorites are Totally Rad, Florabella and The Pioneer Womans. I take all of my pictures with a Canon EOS 550d. I have really loved this camera and wish that I was a better photographer. I am hoping the next place we live in has a lot of natural light so I can finally learn more.

When I take pictures for my blog, I try to take several shots of the same thing since a lot of them end up looking bad. I transfer all the images to my laptop, then go through them deleting the ones that are bad and keeping the ones that I like and choose to use. I usually use 1-4 images so I open them up in PhotoShop to start the editing process. So here is the steps that I usually take.

removing-shadows-in-photoshop

photoshop-shadows

1. Outdoor images are always bright, but most of mine is taken indoors with some lighting issues. To remove some of the shadows I go to IMAGE-ADJUSTMENTS-SHADOW/HIGHLIGHTS From there I adjust the shadow amounts to 5 or 6. I never recommend going over those two numbers.

edits

2. After this I run my favorite auto correcting action by Totally Rad called claire-ify which is in the TRA2 – THE REVENGE set.

3. Sometimes it still needs a bit of lighting so I run The Pioneer Womans slight lighten action.

remove-yellow-from-images-in-photoshop

4. Sometimes photos taken indoors can have a yellow tone to them. To take some of the yellow out I use The Pioneer Womans cooler action. Usually it takes too much yellow out and can make things blue, so I highlight the action in the layer bar and adjust the opacity to half or whatever looks normal.

5. After the editing is complete I flatten the image and add a new layer. LAYER-NEW LAYER-LAYER and then I add my watermark with my already made brush in black and white and then I lighten the opacity so it can only be seen slightly.

6. I also always resize my images the correct size I need them as well as making them web ready and naming them for SEO.