Friday, August 22, 2014

Tutorial: Enhancing Pics With Photoscape

As a blogger who post pictures a lot, I really need photo editing software. Sometimes pictures from camera is too dark or too faint/dull. But I'm too lazy to open Photoshop (and for a few month I have no Photoshop installed).

Lucky, for Windows user who don't have Photoshop, we can use Photoscape, a freeware, to enhance the appearance of our pictures. In this tutorial, I'll show you some Color Curves trick.
Before editing - After editing (using Photoscape)

Very easy to do it! Open Photoscape, drag a picture you want to edit to "Editor"

After your picture is opened, click a small arrow in "Bright, Color" (1), then click "Color Curves" (2)

Then play with the curves! Photoshop user must have known the function of Curves. If you don't know, it's a tool to lighten/darken the picture and add some depth. 
From what I experienced (I never really studying Photoshop... just trial and error), first you drag the line in "b" area a little up, then your picture will suddenly gets brighter. The "c" area will brighten/darken the light colors, and the "a" area will lighten/deepen the dark colors (shadow). Ahhh explaining is confusing, let's just try ittt...

Look at the curves? I adjust 3 points, from "a", "b", and "c" area which I talked about before.

Then click the "Saturation" tab next to "Color" tab. You can adjust the saturation curve to enhance the colors.
If you drag the Saturation curves up, your picture will add more colors.

If you drag the Saturation curves down, your picture will lose its colors.

If you are satisfied with the result, you're done! Save it as a new file :)

Photoscape also have some effects like lomo cameras... And you can also add text / crop / resize pictures or make a collage from a few pictures. For a freeware, Photoscape is easy & fun to use :)

Either your pictures are from a high end camera or just a phone camera, you can always enhance it to your liking ;)

PS: you can google "download Photoscape" if you want to have the freeware

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yellow Mustard

What I wore a few weeks ago (hahahahaa a very late post!)
Yellow mustard maxi:
Drape vest: sew at a tailor
Printed scarf: thamrin city

Maxi dress is sooo versatile for mix & match, you can wear vest, cardigan, and belt to make a different style :)

How's life lately?
*switch to Bahasa*
Sudah hampir seminggu aku di Surabaya, mengerjakan urusan kependudukan yang agak ribet. Hehehe... sudah hampir 2 tahun tinggal di Jakarta, tapi namaku masih ikut di Kartu Keluarga bapak ibu di Surabaya. Suami juga masih di KK ortunya. Walaaah... Maapkan kami yang tidak tertib ya bapak ibu walikota...
Soalnya mau ngurusin hal yang begini agak ribet sih, jadi ditunda-tunda mulu. 
Maka, dalam rangka membuat KK baru dengan suami + mengukuhkan diriku jadi warga Jakarta, aku harus:
  1. Minta surat pengantar ke RT di tempat asal (Surabaya) bawa KTP & KK asli, lalu..
  2. Minta TTD RW tempat asal (di surat yang sudah ditandatangani RT) bawa KK & KTP asli
  3. Minta pengantar ke Kelurahan bawa surat pengantar RT RW, KK asli, KTP asli, fotokopi KK
  4. Menyerahkan pengantar dari Kelurahan ke Kecamatan bawa surat pengantar kelurahan, KK asli, KTP asli, fotokopi KK, fotokopi surat-surat yang dari kelurahan untuk dicap di kecamatan sebagai bukti pengambilan surat apaa gitu yang akan dibawa ke...
  5. Ke Dispenduk!
  6. Dilanjutkan dengan proses pencatatan namaku ke Jakarta - yang dengar-dengar sih harus dilakukan dalam waktu 30 hari setelah keluar surat dari Dispenduk Surabaya - dan tahapnya mungkin ke Dispenduk Jakarta - Kecamatan - Kelurahan - endebra endebre di Jakarta. *akan diupdate setelah selesai urusan nanti*
Tahap 1 & 2 aku lakukan hari Minggu malam, tahap 3 & 4 Senin pagi. Pas hari Senin di kecamatan, kutanya ibu petugasnya, "Selesainya kira-kira kapan ya bu?" "Yah semingguan lah mbak, diambil Senin depan.." "Lho kok lama bu?" "Ya dicoba aja Kamis datang ke sini mbak, mungkin udah jadi..."
Oalaaah... Lamanya yooo.... Baru setelah keluar surat dari kecamatan, aku bisa ke Dispenduk >_<
Jadi belum jelas balik ke Jakartanya kapan. Sabar yaaa suamikuuu...

PS 1: di kecamatan, KTP dan KK akan diambil oleh petugas, karena statusku akan berubah - bukan lagi warga Surabaya - dan KK akan diperbaharui tanpa namaku.
PS 2: dengar-dengar dari temanku, di kota yang baru, dibutuhkan legalisir copy akta nikah (legalisir-nya di KUA ya!) Jadi alangkah baiknya kalo mau ngurus-ngurus kependudukan gini, semua berkas asli dibawa... Siapa tau butuh >_<

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Traveling: Hello Jogja! #2 (+ Food Review)

Assalamu'alaikum! ^_^
Continuing my Jogja story on early June, here's what I do in Jogja for a week (while hubby had a workshop - he works and I shop! Just kidding heheheh):
  1. I went to Prambanan temple with hubby's friend's wife + kids
  2. Met my highschool friends, one is studying postgraduate at Jogja, and one lives at Seyegan (town near Jogja)
  3. First meet up with Lucia, a blogger friend, crafter from Jogja
  4. Meet up with Aicha, a former Hijabee Surabaya committee who studies postgraduate at UGM
No no no shopping. Because a wife should be wise on spending money! ;p
Prambanan Temple!

With mbak Fika's cuteeee daughter! >_<

Still on restoration after earthquake & volcano eruption hit Jogja

With Swasti (+ her newborn daughter!), Danar, and meeee at Swasti's house, Seyegan

Went to Taman Budaya Jogja with Luchie, a few days before the Art Fest began (by the time they held the Art Fest, I have already went back to Jakarta, poor me!)

Luchie guided me to Museum Mainan Anak Kolong Tangga inside Taman Budaya (it's really located under the stair!)
Toys & puppets from all around the world

Lotus Mio cafe at Jl. Tirtodipuran, food looked simple but it tastes good. But only if you like the taste of western food, a little bit bland and not much spices ;) Price quite expensive, but looked like they have good quality ingredients. (There's also a cute gift shop inside the cafe!)

Luchie took me to Kurnia Lurik, a lurik factory (with no machine!) where Abdi Dalem Keraton usually buy many of it. It is on JL. Krapyak Wetan, No. 133 Yogyakarta.

On the way back to hotel, me and Luchie ride becak from Jl. Tirtodipuran to Taman Pintar (then I took a shuttle bus from there). We passed by Keraton, Tamansari, and Abdi Dalem's houses. No picture, because I only wanted to enjoy that afternoon riding becak with the wind blows over my face ;D

Okayyy, that's my adventure. And here's some bonus: Cheap Foods found near hotel (Jl. AM Sangaji Yogyakarta)

1. Neru Ramen, across Tentrem Hotel. Favorite! Only around $1 per portion and super full stomach!
I tried the curry broth (beware, it's super hot!) and ordered mango juice. The mango juice was superb, real mango and so refreshing ^^
Ummmm, if you wondered whether this ramen is halal or not, don't worry. Cheap ramen stalls around Jogja is like noodles. No they don't use p*rk :D

2. Nikkou Ramen. Been there twice. The first one, me and hubby arrived at 7 pm and their ramen was already sold out!!! >___< Then the day after, we went there at 6.30 pm and tried the menu (not complete, some menus were sold out, what the?!?!)
Broth not as savory as Neru Ramen. Price was around $1.5
Place was more comfortable than Neru.

3. Peacock Coffee. Delicious coffee at Rp 20.900 ($2). May not be suitable for a coffee expert but for a coffee liker, I like it. Tried cinnamon coffee (love it!) & green tea latte. Note that for a day, me and hubby only bought 1 cup and share it (although we love coffee, we avoid too much coffee coz it makes our stomach sick). Only for my hubby stay awaken during the nights when he had to study! 

5. Sego Goreng Kambing Goat. Delicious & cheap! Walaaahhh!! Bough a portion of fried rice (share it with hubby, because it has big portion) + extra egg + lamb meat & anti-cholesterol tea. Only paid $4 and our tummy = happy.

Then we moved to another hotel at the last day. Can you guess where is this?
It's in the hotel!

And tried Pecel Solo near Hyatt Yogyakarta. The most expensive Pecel I've ever tasted (but it's yummy!). Guests were all fashionable & mbois (hey suroboyo people do you know what mbois means?? Necis gituuu)
Pictures of Indonesian celebrities & politicians & president were on the wall (they visited Pecel Solo).
Paid $8 for a portion of pecel + terik daging (yum!) and nasi liwet (hubby loved it!)

Another yummy food I forgot to capture:
Rumah Makan Prasmanan Flamboyan - cheap! Masakan rumahan :9
Bebek Slamet - waaaa I love fried duck!!!!

Anyway, happy fasting! Sorry for posting so many foods here hehehehehee

Friday, July 4, 2014

Ied Outfit - Idul Adha 2013

Assalamu'alaikum, happy Ramadhan all! :D
Here's a very very late post of Eid al Adha 2013 (yes, last year!). Just found these pics in my harddisk hehehehe...

Girls wore the same fabric, tailored in different style ;D

Me and hubby need to be wiser on where to spend Eid, since our families live at different cities... Is it gonna be at my family's or at his. We spent last year's Idul Fitri at my grandma's house and Idul Adha at hubby's house :) This year's Idul Fitri will be at my hubby's family!

Full team photo of my in law's family

At first I thought this fabric's pattern was too bold for me... But it turned out to be okay...

*Karena baju lebaran tidak harus putih*

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kangen Sotosop

Postingan kali ini kutulis dengan bahasa Indonesia, soalnya berhubungan dengan hak cipta wekekekeke..
Jadiiii, sejak SMA (2003an) aku mulai berkenalan dengan Ph*toshop. Kala itu, yang bisa Ph*toshop masih jaraaang banget, dan kemampuan mengolah gambar jadi salah satu nilai plus-ku jaman SMA sampai kuliah. Diminta tolong ngedit buku tahunan kelas SMA, membuat poster-poster untuk himpunan mahasiswa, jualan kalender angkatan kuliah yang didesain sendiri, hingga membuat katalog waktu kerja di butik :p

Jaman suka meng-hijabified baju-bajunya desainer jadi hijab friendly pakai Photoshop :p Sila search di label Hijabified.
Tutorial memodifikasi baju untuk hijabified ada di sini.

Dulu aku pakai Ph*toshop bajakan (hiks). Semenjak ganti laptop, aku kehilangan Ph*toshop-ku dan harus beli CD *bajakan* lagi. Sudah 2x membeli CD sotosop bajakan, 2x pula registration key-nya ketahuan palsu! Ihik!

Jadilah lebih dari setahun aku nggak main Photoshop. Kangen sih, trus penasaran pengen beli sotosop yang asli. Ndilalah kok ternyata harga software original-nya hampir Rp 10 JUTA RUPIAH! Walaaaaahhhh..

Mencoba-coba bertahan dengan menggunakan software gratisan seperti Photoscape (mudah digunakan untuk sekedar memperbaiki gelap terang warna di foto supaya lebih appealing - nanti aku buat tutorialnya ya!), dan GIMP yang bisa bikin efek lebih canggih seperti Photoshop.... Tapiiii karena nggak terbiasa, apa yang bisa kukerjakan di Photoshop 5 menit, di GIMP aku butuh 20 menitan =__="

Alhamdulillah barusan aku dikasih Photoshop Portable sama Iena, blogger yang suka bagi-bagi tutorial editing gambar di Photoshop (cek di sini tutorialnya!)
Salah satu tutorial Iena: Photoshop Action

Apa sih Photoshop Portable itu?
Dari situs eHow:
Photoshop is a graphics program designed and sold by Adobe Systems, but the Adobe Portable software is not a part of the company's software collection. It is a free download available from independent sources, and is not sanctioned by the Adobe company.

Makasih yaaa Iena! ^_~ Jadiiii, mari kita utak utik foto pakai Photoshop lagiiii...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY Home Decor: Pop Frame!

Heyyy girls, this blue pop colored frame is my recent DIY thing for Home Decor :D

The frame was from my wedding picture--which I don't want to display at our minimalist house. Too formal pose, golden frame, and hubby wore purple beskap :p! And my jilbab was like... Margie Simpson's hair, too highhhh... Hahahahaaa...

Nahhh let's move on. Let's do something to make the frame match my home ambiance!

Remove the canvas picture.

Pylox it! I wish I had pastel colored Pylox... But this blue one is all I got ;)

After the paint dries, add some thick string (benang kasur?) at the back of frame using masking tape.
And hang your favorite photos!

Paperclip: from sister in law (Daisho Singapore--maybe available at Daisho Indonesia, too?)

FYI, the small side table/drawer is a landing strip of our home.
Every time we go home, we usually bring some clutters. Key, brochures, mails, coins...
This drawer (supposed to be) is the landing strip. Put everything here, sort, throw away what we don't need. Never pile 'garbage' in our home *yeah it's the theory, but in reality, time to time my home clutters are increasing =_="

A good sight of Landing Strip shown in Apartment Therapy, watch the video here :D
And what do we need in a landing strip in this video.

You know, good home photos found on the net usually looked so neat. No clutters are shown on top of tabe & sofa (no piles of magazines, snacks, mails, etc.). I wish!!


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