How to Draw: Bamboo + Bonus Photo Editing Tips

Thank you so much for the positive response on last week's tutorial! These have been so fun and I'm so glad that I've partnered with @bonjournal_ to bring these tutorials to you.

Last week @dee_bujos had requested a bamboo tutorial. She mentioned that she wanted a drawing that was vertical to fill out tall empty spaces within a journal spread. So here's my tutorial! I hope you enjoy. And as an added bonus, check out the photo editing tips that I have below.

An easy way to draw bamboo stalks is to think about drawing a serif capital letter 'I'. Connect these and either outline or fill in.

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Bonus! Instagram Photo Editing Tips using Snapseed

Many people have asked me how I achieve that bright white style for my instagram feed. The truth is, I would love to photograph my journal in diffused natural light every day, but that's not always easy.  What if you want to take photos at night? What if the sun isn't out? There are so many factors that can work against being able to take bright white photos of your journal. Snapping a photo for this tutorial wasn't any different. I had gotten home late and I wanted to prep my post for early morning posting. That meant I had to snap my photo at night under tungsten light...yuck! Luckily I've picked up a few tricks to help brighten the photo.

1. Import the Original Photo

  • I take all my photos on my phone. I use a large white poster board as my background. This ensures I have a white background to work with. I'm able to import the original photo into Snapseed and start modifying easily.

2. White Balance - Auto

  • The first step I take is to auto-correct the white balance. The auto-correction usually works just fine. Sometimes the image will look a little too blue and I will adjust it until I think it looks okay.

3. Tune Image - Increase Highlights

  • I like to increase the highlights on my photo before brightening.  This allows me to remove some dark shadows and lighten the photo even more. Increasing the highlights also has the benefit of not modifying the darker parts of the photo.

4. Brush - Brighten Background

  • I use the brush and I like to "color" the background. I set the exposure to +0.7 and I color around the edges of my journal. This allows me to get that white look. I zoom in a lot to get as close as possible to the edges. I like to use the eye which masks the area you have colored. This is a great visual to help you figure out where you've already colored.

5. Brush - Brighten Background

  • After I brighten the background I do it again, this time setting the exposure to +1.0 and I focus more along the edges of the image to ensure that I have a really white edge around my photo.

6. Selective - Brighten and Decrease Saturation

  • As a last step I use the selective tool to brighten the pages of my journal. In photographs the pages end up looking very yellow. Brightening and lowering the saturation will whiten up the pages so that you can really focus on the text.
 
1. Original

1. Original

2. White Balance - Auto

2. White Balance - Auto

3/4. Whiten Background

3/4. Whiten Background

3/4. Brush - Whiten Background

3/4. Brush - Whiten Background

5. Brighten Background

5. Brighten Background

6. Increase Selective Brightness & Saturation

6. Increase Selective Brightness & Saturation

Editing photos this way has really helped me achieve a consistent feed on Instagram. In addition to using Snapseed, I also use the Mosaico app to spot check if my edited photos match up together. As I go through the editing steps I like to save the image and import it into Mosaico to see how it's progressing. The first image has steps 1-3 applied. You cans see that the image is more yellow and much darker. The second image is the final image and it matches with my feed a lot better.

 
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