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Life Hacks


Nothing is worse than waiting too long to catch up with one of your best friends… except embarrassing yourself with sweaty, yellow pit stains. Yikes! Take a regular shawl or pashmina and put it over your head. With both hands, pull the corners under your arms and in front of your chest. Tie them together in a knot, like so. Now here’s the fun part – take this knot and slide it over your head. Check it out! You’ve got a new funky vest to hide those unsightly pit stains! Take that, summer weather. Ever go from Netflix and chill to Netflix and clothing malfunction? Don’t stress, you can fix this. Just take a pair of scissors and a pinch of creativity. It feels good being helpful, doesn’t it? Place the torn pair of pants on a table in front of you. Fold them in half so one leg is on top of the other. Find the corner sticking out – that’s the crotch of the pants that needs mending. By making this rip even bigger, you can now place your entire head through it! Now put your arms through what used to be the pant legs – they’re now sleeves! Wow, they actually fit pretty nicely.

And there you have it! A cute new crop top you can wear to work out in! Or lounge around and watch more Netflix – hey, we don’t judge. You’ve been looking forward to this party for weeks! Oh hey girl! Wait a minute… she stole my look! Ugh!! Lucky for you, you have a creative mind to back you up. Side that skirt up over your chest.

Snag a belt, thin or thick, and cinch it to accentuate your waistline. Top it off with a cute denim jacket and voila! You’ve got an adorable party dress that no one else will have. Go on, give us a twirl, you know you want to. See? No need to fight. Here’s to creativity! Cheers! Ever wake up like this? Oversleeping is the worst! Will you have time to get ready? Time to turn these PJs into a look. Slip the pants off and put both legs into one side. Now pull them up over your chest. Take the unused pant leg, scrunch it up and slide your head through.

Woah! Super sylish for PJs, that’s for sure! Ha, sucker. Add a cute pair of heels and a bag and you’re all set. And the best dressed award goes to… At work, it’s easy to get in the zone! You totally forgot about happy hour with the girls! Don’t stress! Take the straps of your cotton undershirt and slide them over your head to either side. Like so. That’s it! Who knew going from daytime to nighttime could be so effortlessly chic! And it can be your little secret. Oooh! It’s time to get dressed to go out. What to wear, what to wear… This? Nah, too warm. A sweater? Not quite right. Oh! I totally forgot I had these cut-off shorts from last summer. Super cute. Yup, we’ve found a winner! Yup they totally fit. Wait! Oh man, my entire but is hanging out! These are a lot shorter then I remember! Try this! Squeeze some glue along the backside of the edge of the shorts.

Snag some scraps of your favorite fabric – lace is a great choice! Press it firmly on the glue. Oops! Don’t forget to wrap it around the front the same way. Glue, then press! Guys what DIYs and crafts would you like us to make? Leave a comment below! Don’t forget to give a thumbs up if you want to see more of our videos soon! Who knew an old pair of shorts could look so cute? Congrats! You avoided an embarrassing booty slip. Well done! Ah, nothing like spending your afternoon watching the same sitcom you’ve seen 100 times. Hey! Um, we have plans, remember? Get it together, Helly! Save time by wearing your oversized t-shirt in a new way! Slide your arms through the neck and down to your waist.

Now tuck those pesky arm holes in.. Well, what do you know, cute pockets! Seriously, easiest outfit change ever, right? Let’s go! Tap the notification bell to know when there are new videos from our channel! Ah, the ol’ coffee dribble on the white shirt situation. Yikes. Lucky for Helly, all hope’s not lost. Check it out. Take a marker or pen and outline the stains. Seriously, stick with us here. Your clumsiness just turned into a fantasy coffee island! Pretty impressive! Is it just me or is this way cuter than the plain white T-shirt was before? How’d you like these clothing hacks? Pretty awesome right? And if you don’t get them right the first time, don’t worry. It just takes a little bit of practice! Whether you’re running late, or in an outfit-outfit-matching crisis, All it takes is a little creativity and plenty of deep breaths. You got this, fashionista! Thanks for watching! Please subscribe to our channel! .

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The Best Advice for Every Business

– What’s different about entrepreneurship than rap and sports, is when you say you’re a rapper someone’s like all right, rap. And then if you suck, everyone’s like oh you suck. And when you say you’re a basketball player, people are like, at the YMCA or going to the league? The one thing I love about entrepreneurship is it’s binary. Either you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. (slow music) Being a businessman or woman wasn’t cool in 1992. It was Bill Gates, a fuckin’ nerd. So now that everybody wants to put entrepreneurship in their Instagram profile, and that’s cool in the club, that is just bazaaro world, but that’s also done what sports and rapping has, which is everybody wishes they are. And what’s different about entrepreneurship than rap and sports, is when you say you’re a rapper, someone’s like, all right, rap. And then if you suck, everyone’s like oh you suck.

And when you say you’re a basketball player, people are like at the YMCA, or going to the league? But when somebody now says their an entrepreneur, it’s just accepted. And we haven’t matured into are you a successful entrepreneur, or a wannabe entrepreneur? And to be very frank, I’m concerned about it, because I think, the one thing I love about entrepreneurship is it’s binary, either you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. And I think that there’s a lot of people right now that are not built with dealing with the emotional baggage that comes along with a public loss.

And so I spent a lot of time with young entrepreneurs around the mentality of like, when you lose, are you ready to take that ridicule, and what are you gonna do? The greatest reason I believe that we’re living through such fake entrepreneurship right now, is not only is there an enormous amount of capital in play for these 22-25 year olds, but they’re the generation that was parented in a way that tried to eliminate losses from the ecosystem. I mean this is the generation of eighth place trophies. My favorite thing that’s going on in society right now is 45 to 60 year olds clowning on millennials and making fun of them, and I keep looking at them and I keep reminding them that you parented these kids. – Everybody gets a trophy right? – Yeah, and so we’ve demonized to these kids losing.

I love losing. Micro-losing especially, more than macro-losing is incredibly motivating. I mean there’s nothing more fun than losing regular season games. You know, you learn from them. Come the playoffs you’d like to build on that, but yeah, I think adversity is the foundation of success. Being born in the Soviet Union, living in a studio apartment with eight family members when I was a kid. Going on one and a half vacations my entire childhood. My parents buying me nothing, because they didn’t have, like the money nor the mindset to do that for me is fundamentally the reason I’m successful at entrepreneurship. I’m not scared of anything, nor do I care about anybody else’s judgment, which allows me to navigate very quickly, and my losses are my losses, and my wins are my wins, and they both feel the same. When I hear the accolades, or when I get razzed, I basically can’t hear them.

I’m just so in love with the process. And that’s what getting up off the floor is. You had no choice, it’s in your DNA to wanna play. – I’m wondering what’s the message to a company that doesn’t have innovation as a core part of their business? – They’re in trouble. – How do they respond? – By letting themselves die. – But what do they do if they don’t wanna die? – Innovate. – And how do they do that? What’s the secret? – By looking at the leader of the company in the mirror, and see if she or he is capable of innovating. Everything stems from the top. If you have a company run by somebody who right now is sitting and saying well I’m retiring in 18 months, and I don’t give a shit about innovation, you’re in trouble. Or not talented enough to know how to innovate. You know how many A’s, number ones hire a CMO and say you figure it out, but they don’t even know how to judge it? How are you a CEO in 2019, and don’t spend 100 hours to educate yourself on how modern communication works so that you can judge it within your own organization? Gary, I didn’t grow up with this stuff.

You didn’t grow up driving, you figured it out. I know you didn’t grow up with it, but it is your job, it’s required of you to know how to run your business. And to me, how your business markets and communicates is as important as you knowing how to run the finances of your company. It’s just that some people don’t wanna put in the work to get updated on the new platforms and the new world, and that’s to their peril. The advice that I think will play for everybody in the room regardless of what you do, including if you’re like the PTA president or thinking about running for local office, like I have no idea what you wanna do professionally or personally, but the one thing that has been tried and true and I keep things extremely simple, is you have to reverse engineer the audience you’re trying to reach, and you have to tell them something that brings them value, not you value.

Every single person here that is in power to do so, needs to go spend the next 100 days having phone calls, having dinner, having breakfast, having drinks with every one of their customers and they need to listen to what they care about. And then they need to go back to the pad and cook that meal. That’s all I do. I read my comments left and right, I was just talking with your CMO prepping, you guys were wrapping up. And she’s like are you always like this on your phone? And I was laughing, what I was doing, I was reading comments. Because the qualitative feedback is the insight I need for the next innovation. The amount of people who hope their customers like what they are doing, or they’re trying to force their customers to like what they wanna sell is fascinating for me to watch. – You’ve talked about this, is that people who are dragging down the culture of a business should be, they shouldn’t be there.

– I wish most businesses were into documenting in coach. What most businesses are doing is, Harold’s a dick, but his numbers are remarkable. That’s what’s really happening. That’s what I’m referring to. That if you’ve got somebody who’s driving top line revenue, or she or he is crushing their numbers, what most companies are doing is they’re looking at surface level, they’re like if we fire Carol, we’re gonna lose those three accounts ’cause she’s so wired in there. What they don’t realize is the hidden lost revenue that’s happening with Carol or Harold destroying the culture, and completely messing up the continuity and speed of the macro. – So what do you do, from your point of view what do you do if you have someone who’s really kickin’ ass, bringing the numbers in and they’re just a, they’re a jerk, what do you do with them? – What I do, one man’s point of view is I sit them down. I look them dead in the face, and I say you think I’m joking because you’re delivering, but I’m not joking, and if you can’t be a good human being I’m going to fire your face.

(laughing) – That’s pretty right there. – That’s what I do, and I do it, and I do it, I’m a big shot on stage now and I’m acting tough, I do it in a conversation. I’m like look, I’m not kidding, I know you don’t believe me because you’ve worked at other places that value dollars, and I value dollars, I just value slow dimes. So when you deliver on culture, the buy in and the macro is remarkable. And what it does for the business is extraordinary. I’m a pot committed buyer of this thesis. That you have to fire the best performers that are destroying your culture. (dramatic music) .

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How to Develop a Growth Hacking Mentality

Do you want to grow fast like Facebook and Dropbox? It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, you can grow fast like that. And today I’m gonna teach you the secret to fast growth. Hey everyone, I’m Neil Patel and today I’m gonna share with you how to develop a growth hacking mentality. Now, before we get started make sure you subscribe to this channel. That way we’re gonna release new marketing videos, you’ll get notified. Now, before we get started, I have a question for you. Have you ever done any growth hacking before? If you have, leave a comment with yes.

If you haven’t, leave a comment with no. The first tip I have for you is, when you’re doing growth hacking or marketing, you need to document everything you’ve done. If you’re doing a SEO change, document it. Even write down if it helped increase your traffic or dropped your traffic. If you’re doing things like paid advertising and you notice your costs skyrocket during the holiday season, document that. By documenting everything, and even if you have a marketing team, you guys should all be doing this together. That way you guys have a repository of all these marketing things that you’ve learned that helped moved the needle and things that don’t help the needle. And this is a start, because what you’ll find is, most things won’t help with growth and some things will cause a lot of growth. You want to take those things that are causing the growth and do more of them but you won’t really know what to focus on unless you’re documenting.

And that’s the first step in developing your growth hacking mentality. The second mind shift that you need to make is never be satisfied with your growth. You can always be bigger. You can always have more traffic. You can always have more sales. The moment you become satisfied and complacent with where you are at, you’re gonna stop growing. So you need to make that mental mind shift to never be satisfied with your growth. Even if you’re growing 15-20% month over month, you could be growing faster.

The third tip I have for you is spy on your competitors. You don’t have to be the most creative person to leverage growth hacking. Your competition is leveraging tactics that you’re not. They’re growing in other ways that you’re not. So using tools like SEMrush, SpyFu, Ahrefs, Buzzsumo, WhatRunsWhere. Using tools like BuiltWith. All these tools will show you what your competition is doing. This is great because it’ll help you determine what you should be doing. For example, SEMrush shows you all the paid and organic keywords that your competition ranks for. By knowing that data and if you see multiple of your competitors are going after the same terms, it tells you that, that term probably converts and you yourself should consider going after it.

Or if you use tools like BuiltWith, it’ll tell you if people, like your competitors are running A/B tests. And let’s say they’re running Crazy Egg or Optimizely, because BuiltWith will tell you, then what you wanna do is go to Wayback Machine. Put in a competitor URL and it’ll show you all the different variations of their landing pages, their home pages, and you can spy on what changes they’re making because they’re making these changes and they’re running A/B testing software. You know that the changes they’re making are boosting their sales and conversion rates. The fourth tip I have for you is to stay up to date with the latest and greatest. Things are constantly changing on the web. There are sites like Product Hunt that show you all the cool tools that are coming out there and this is amazing for marketers because if you see something that’s cool, that’s new and cutting edge, you can be one of the first people to test it out and leverage it before your competition.

Now, out of curiosity, how many of you guys look at Product Hunt at least once a week? If you do, leave a comment with yes. If you don’t, leave a comment with no. I myself am so addicted I check it out at least once a day. That’s how important it is if you wanna do well as a growth hacker. The fifth tip I have for you is never stop learning.

You can always be better at SEO. People look at me and they’re like, “Oh my God Neil, you’re really good at SEO.” No, I’m not good at SEO, I could be better. People are like, “Oh my God, you get so much traffic! “million unique visitors a month?” I could be having 3 million unique visitors a month. So, my competitors like HubSpot get five, six, seven times more traffic than me. I could always be doing better. And you know how you do better? You constantly learn. I don’t look at my competitors like HubSpot being like, they suck, I’m better than them. Instead, I look at what they’re doing and be like, how can I learn from them? How can I take some of their tactics, apply it to my business, and grow faster? Always constantly learn.

You don’t know everything that you should. The moment you close your eyes and you stop learning? That’s when your growth is just gonna tank and go down. And the last tip I have for you, always be testing. You can test and retest. Here’s what I mean by this. I would do login or sign up using Google. So, instead of making people reenter their name or password, they can sign up through Google or Facebook. And when I did that my conversion skyrocketed and I stopped testing. And I’m not saying I stopped running A/B tests altogether but I stopped testing that same thing. I would go on to new tests and I would do things like maybe test my headlines.

Then I would test maybe a mobile checkout page and I would keep running new tests. But I forgot one thing. I didn’t retest and here’s why that’s important. For example, right now security is a huge concern. When I did a retest on login or signup with Google and I forced people to only take that option because that’s what I had for the longest period of time, my conversions tanked. The moment I removed that option and gave that as, hey you can put in an email and password or login and register through Google, my conversions went up. But back in the day, I found out when I only gave the Google option, I had more conversions. And that’s why you wanna retest because market conditions change. Such as, people are afraid of security. And when you do retesting it ensures that the stuff that you’re keeping on your website is truly maximizing your conversion rates to the fullest. So, that’s it. If you want me to help you grow your business check out my agency Neil Patel Digital and of course, if you like this video subscribe, comment, share it.

I really do appreciate it. Anytime you leave a comment I’ll respond and help you grow. Thank you very much. .

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Life Hacks


>> Guys. Summer is here, and we’ve got 10 cool life hacks and we’ve got 10 cool life hacks to help you have fun in the sun. TKOR: THE KING OF RANDOM If you use loose ice to keep all of your food cool, you’re gonna end up with a puddle of water, and all of your food floating in it. Instead of that, use some frozen water bottles to keep your food cool. The ice will stay contained in the bottles, and once it melts, you can just drink the water For a fun twist on a summer treat, you can actually carbonate many types of fruit using dry ice. Some of my favorites are strawberries, grapes or sliced pineapple. Put your fruit in a cold safe container on top of the dry ice, separated by a piece of cardboard to prevent excessive freezing. Cover the box with a sheet of foil.

You don’t want to use any sort of lid that will allow the pressure from the dry ice to build up. After about half an hour, the fruit will have absorbed a lot of carbon dioxide out of the dry ice. It’s pretty hard to see on video the difference in the fruit. But as you eat it, it fizzes just like a soda. Maybe more. Using a watermelon, a couple of plastic plumbing parts and a few simple tools, you can make a fun drink dispenser that’s sure to delight. Tiki torches are a great outdoor decoration, but the standard lamp oil that they use only burns in one color. Try using methanol as a fuel. Add boric acid for a green tint. Or the lithium from a lithium battery for magenta Always wear gloves when you’re handling the lithium Don’t let it get wet. And if you’re going to be burning the fuel Make sure you’re doing it somewhere outside where you won’t be breathing in the fumes. Yogurt is a delicious summertime treat But there can be a couple frustrating things about it.

The first is its tendency to squirt out some yogurt as you peel back the foil By lifting up the foil with the edge of the spoon All of the escaping yogurt will be caught right where you need it Occasionally, you may find after finishing a cup of yogurt that your spoon is too heavy and you can’t get it to stay up. To avoid getting yogurt on your table, and keep your cup from tipping, simply turn your spoon upside down.

The redistribution of weight should make it stay up. If you’re a big fan of Wendy’s frosties, but don’t live anywhere near one of the restaurants. Here’s a simple recipe you can follow to make your own. Start with 2 cups of chocolate milk 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk and if you want to add just a little bit extra that’s not going to hurt. Add 1 tablespoon of malted milk powder Finally, add one cup of Cool Whip. Mix together until it’s all smooth. If you own an ice cream making machine you can easily pour the whole concoction into that and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.

If not, you can pour all this into a Ziploc bag surround that bag with ice and salt in a larger bag and mix it up until it’s the consistency you want. If you’re ever on a road trip, and wondering how long it is til you arrive. Just look for signs that say how many miles it is to the next city. When you see a sign that says distance to your city, take the number of miles times 60, then divide it by your speed in miles per hour to get the time remaining. For example, if it’s 35 miles to the next city, multiply that times 60, and you’ll get 2100. Divide 2100 by 80 miles per hour, and you get which is the number of minutes. Just over 26 minutes until you arrive at your destination.

Of course, most people these days have GPS but it’s a cool trick to know just in case you don’t. Ice does a great job of keeping drinks cold But if you’re really in a hurry to cool down a can or a bottle, it works a lot better to use ice, salt and water. The ice by itself measures a temperature of about 32… maybe 33 degrees Fahrenheit. Whereas the ice with the water and the salt on it is measuring a chilly 21 degrees Fahrenheit. You can see that after only about two minutes, the can in the salty ice water is almost 10 degrees colder than the can in the ice alone. We don’t just have to rely on the thermometer, let’s give it a taste test. Noticeably cooler, doesn’t really seem like it just came out of the fridge though.

Ice and salt water. Noticeably colder and it only took about two minutes. You’ve used plenty of lighter fluid but your barbecue charcoal is still taking too long to light Shorten your prep time by using the blower function on a shopvac, a hair dryer or if you don’t have electricity a simple balloon pump. These balloon pumps are great because they work as a bellows that push air out on both the pull and the push. If you’re looking for a way to keep your drinks cold without watering them down. Try freezing a few different types of soda Fruit-flavored ice cubes work pretty well in all the fruit flavored sodas. And I find that cream soda works well in all the other flavors Creamy. Hey guys Thanks for watching. If you’re not a subscriber yet, just hit the bomb to get in the club. If you missed our last video or want to see it again, click up here at the top.

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Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

In this video I’ll show you how to use a mirror to make it reflected portrait in your small home studio. Hello I’m Gavin Hoey, and you’re watching AdoramaTV, brought to you by Adorama, the camera store that’s got everything for us photographers, and today you join me in my small home studio, where I’m going to show you how to turn this household mirror into some amazing reflective portraits. So all I need to do is to get the mirror out of the frame, then we’ll get a light set, let’s get a model in let’s get shooting.

Check me out today, I’ve got the amazing Jas, Jas is gonna be the model for this, and we’re all set up for the shoot, but before I get going, let’s talk a little bit about the mirror, so I’m using a glass mirror. This is just a standard household mirror, if that’s what you’re going to use as well, make sure you do some preparation before your model gets here. Make sure the edges are all nice and soft, just to make sure they are safe. Next is going to be cleanliness, you honestly can’t clean your mirror enough, so make sure you have a cleaning spray and a soft cloth because you’re gonna have to clean this constantly. Next thing to do is, think about the size and shape of the mirror, basically you want the biggest mirror you can get… I’ve got this one, so this is what we’re going to use.

I have a rectangular mirror which means I’ve got two ways of possibly shooting. I can have it either wide or long. Now the obvious answer is to have it wide.. As you can see, this works really well. We have a nice reflection, we’ll talk about the background in a little bit, but you’ll notice that the length of my mirror is quite short… so if I want to get more reflection…. More at the front, I’m actually gonna spin this mirror around. So let’s just rotate that around like that, and I’ll take the same shot again. So now I’ve got a lot more reflection and mirror in the lower half of my frame, but obviously I’ve lost a lot of width, and that means I’m gonna have to crop these shots a little bit tighter.

Personally I prefer it, because the more you have coming towards the camera, the more of a reflection you’ll have to play with. The background in this shot is my white pop-up background, and you probably notice in the pictures, it’s not really coming out white… it’s sort of a muddy grey, and that’s because of the light at the moment. I’ve got a single eVOLV 200 lighting Jaz, but by the time the light travels to the background, it’s lost some of its intensity, and the background is under lit. So if you want a pure white background, and I do, you need to light that background separately. So I’ve got a second eVOLV 200. I’m gonna pop that right behind Jaz, pointing at the background. Now for this to work I need a lovely evenly lit background, and in a big studio that would be fine, but in my small home studio, that could be a problem. Let’s take a picture and have a look. So as you can see in the center, it is beautifully white. That works really well, but by the edges it’s dropping off to a gray vignette, and in the reflection that’s even more obvious, because the mirror is going to reflect all of that background, even the bits that aren’t directly behind Jaz.

So what I’ve done is, I’ve added a third eVOLV 200. So now I have the background lit by two lights, they’re a little bit further back from Jaz, so none of these lights are gonna actually reach Jaz, they’re only gonna light the background and give me a nice even illumination, but how much illumination is the right amount? Well I could do trial and error, but if you’ve got a flash meter, you can meter this exactly, and get a nice clean white background without losing any detail on your model. So the way it works is this, I know that the light on the front of Jaz is f/4, we metered that earlier. How much light is on the back is what I’m really interested in, so I’m going to get my flash meter. I’m gonna meter off the back of Jaz’s head, and at the moment, with the flashes on their lowest possible power, I’m getting f/2. So I want to go up to f/4, so I’m going to increase the power of both of these lights the same amount until I reach f/4….

Bingo. There I am… so with that set, I should have perfect exposure straight out of camera with my very first picture. Let’s have a look and there we are… first picture, absolutely pure white background. Then there’s the position of the main light, I had it in front of Jaz, but of course you don’t have to keep it there. It made sense, it’s sort of a beauty lighting look with a reflector below. But what happens if I move it behind, well this should give a much more intense slightly more shadowy look, which could work really well with the reflected image.

Let’s try it see how it goes, and that gives a very different look and feel to these pictures. So that’s the lighting setup. What we need to do now is to take this basic idea, and mix it up a little bit so let’s do a shoot. Jaz are you ready? Here we go…. You look right down… so you’re going to look right down on top, into the mirror. Okay that will probably two hands in it’s gonna be symmetry in there.

And bring and arm up and lay it out to the side Then the head slightly… With this one it’s a bit more direction of the light is…. behind… by bringing your other hand in as well. For this shoot I spent time getting the lighting right… ages cleaning that mirror, we even had a hair and makeup artist in, so you might imagine there’s very little post-processing to be done, and you’d be basically right, but there’s always something! Let’s have a look…

So at first glance this picture looks great. But look a bit closer, particularly at the reflection, and you’ll notice some odd things like the weird highlighted reflection, and if I go to the right hand side, yep, I missed a large chunk of mirror just there, now both of those problems are fairly easy fixes, using either healing or cloning here in Photoshop. So to do that, I’m gonna go to layer…new layer… I’ll give it a name you don’t have to, but I’ll call it clone and then I’m gonna use not the clone tool, but the healing brush. With the healing brush I’ll check that ‘sample all layers’ is available, and then all I need to do is sample a good bit of the image… hold the Alt key or the option key on a Mac click somewhere where it’s not damaged, and just paint over the top. remember to re-sample, move your sampling point around and build the effect up.

I think what that is is… just a reflection off the glass. It’s the angle of the light and the low quality mirror, and maybe I just didn’t clean that bit well enough, but this area is all down to me, where I missed a large chunk of mirror… bit more tricky to do, but all I need to do is sample the line of the arm… so I’ll sample there, hold the Alt key and click and then I can line that up, and just paint it in, and it should all line up and look pretty good. Again just remove any weird areas like that… Okay, there we go, so that’s fixed, what about the mirror itself, well the mirror I was using was a thin glass mirror, and that means I’ve got two reflections from the glass, and the mirrored surface below other mirrors will have different effects, but when you look close, it doesn’t quite work how I want.

At first, glance it’s okay, but if you look at it, it’s it’s definitely blurred, that makes sense from the double reflection, but it’s not completely blurry, and it’s not completely clear. I want one or the other, so to make that blurrier I’m actually gonna apply an effect, but first thing to do is to remember to either save this image, or if you’re confident just go to layer and flatten it down. Right, filter there’s lots of ways of doing this. I’m gonna use blur and tilt shift. Now this is a really simple filter, it’s got four lines, and I’m gonna get rid of two of them by getting this upper line and dragging it up above my model. That leaves me a Center Point… a solid line and a dotted line. The solid line is zero blur, and I want to line that up really with the models arm, and then the lower dotted line is 100% to the effect that we dial in.

I’d like this just to graduate out a bit like a depth of field effect. Which is what this whole thing is designed to actually make. The amount of blur will vary, depending on the resolution of your image. I’m gonna go for something mid to high twenties something like that, and then just click OK, and that’s it done. The effect takes a moment to apply, and with a few other adjustments and tweaks, there it is. There’s my final reflected image completed. I’ve always thought that having a mirror in a small home studio is a really bad idea because of reflections, but it turns out if you’re using the mirror as a prop, it’s a great idea.

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