Archive for November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2008

Hi, I just wanted to wish those of you that celebrate it “Happy Thanksgiving”. Here is a gift you can use during the fall season. Hope you like it.  Just right-click and save as.

Enjoy! Joann

Regarding comment to “Start your own Home Business”

November 18, 2008

Hi Outdoorw,

Thanks for your comment. What type of work do you do? I have been “working on my own” for almost 2 years now. Possibly less than you have Outdoorw. I think people have cut back on hiring graphic designers and doing the designing themselves. Therefore, I am not getting those clients. Sites such as and have job postings. But those postings have at least 15-40 other designers bidding on the same job.

I have used PPC, article marketing, posting to forums, commenting on others blogs, my own blog postings, word of mouth, and passing out my business card to drum up business. All of these methods at the moment have brought in few clients. The only thing we can do is to keep trying. The market won’t always be like this. Have faith!

Feel free to add other comments. Below is the comment posted by Outdoorw.



Hi JL,
How long have you been “working on your own” in your home-based business? What are the challenges you have been professionally facing with this declining economy while working from home? I work from home too.

You have provided a good source of “ask yourself these questions” assessment list for those interested in home startup business.

From Start your own Home Business, 2008/11/17 at 10:54 PM

Start your own Home Business

November 17, 2008

With all the closings of businesses lately some of you may be heading for the internet for a source of income. This is a good idea if you have a skill or hobby, such as graphic design, that you really like. Even if you don’t have the skill set you want now, find out where you can get the skills and pursue your dreams.

I’ll warn you up front you will have to wear many different hats. You must be able to keep track of business finances, inventory, work schedules, and vendors. You will have to deal with clients on a daily basis. Plus you might even have to give up doing family oriented tasks for a while.

So, before diving in and starting your home based business you need to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Do you have the traits to work on your own? Are you a self starter? Can you keep yourself on track by organizing your time productively? Do you have the resources needed to produce your product or service? If so you will make a great entrepreneur.

The next step is to get busy setting up your office. Put up your website if you know how or have some one do it for you. I can even help with your website if you would like. Just take some action and get started on your dream. It won’t be easy but it will be worth the effort to sell online through your own home based business. Good Luck!

Pop Art Tutorial using IrfanView

November 6, 2008

Here is a tutorial for those of you that like to add a little pizazz to your photos.  The best thing is that it won’t cost anything if you don’t have PhotoShop or something similar.  The software I used for this example is IrfanView. It can be downloaded for no cost at

After you have the software downloaded and installed, start IrfanView. Click on Start> All Programs> IrfanView. Then open any photo of your choosing from your computer.


Open image in irfanView

Next, from the menu bar, click on image> effects> effects browser

Image effects for IrfanView

Image effects for IrfanView

From there this dialog box will open. Click on solarize> OK. The dialog box will close.


Image effects dialog box in IrfanView

Then, again from the menu bar, click image> color correction and a new dialog box will open.


Color corrections dialog box in IrfanView

In this box set the contrast slider to 80, the gamma correction slider to 0.20, and the saturation slider to 100, as the diagram above illustrates.
click on OK.

There you have it, your own pop art photo. Feel free to change the settings to get your own spectacular effects.


Water Scape Pop Art with IrfanView