It's 9:00 pm, and I'm writing this blog post with extremely sore feet. I spent today and yesterday shopping and cooking in 90+ degree heat, and I feel like my pores are clogged with either sweat, flour, or grease. Aside from purchasing all of my ingredients from Costco, Whole Foods (which refuses to stop raping my wallet), and Albertsons, my kitchen has already toiled away making:
-homemade lemon ricotta cheese
-homemade candied apple ice cream
-vanilla buttermilk cake
-world peace cookie dough
-2 pounds of fresh tagliatelle pasta (rolled out by hand, mind you)
Tomorrow, the day before the dinner I'll be...
-baking off the world peace cookies
-shelling and deveining shrimp
-marinating said shrimp
-prepping veggies and the pork loin
-making the brandy apple caramel sauce
-making orange vinaigrette
-cooking 2 pounds of bacon
-practicing how to properly shape a quenelle
-grilling corn and bell peppers for the crostini
Needless to say I don't have the willpower or strength within me to write an exhaustive post about food, so instead I'll be showing you how to impress some frivolous friends with a dinner party e-vite such as this one!
Okay first off go to Photoshop (if you don't have or want to pay for Photoshop, I'm quite certain GIMP, which is a free program can do the exact same thing; however this tutorial will be tailored for Photoshop users). We're going to be opening up a new blank canvas on which we will create our masterpiece.
I like to do a 50 by 50 inch canvas- don't worry, the final piece isn't going to be that big (we'll be cropping it down to size), but it's better to be safe and start off with a huge canvas.
Now a word about the picture you use- you want one that is a direct overhead view of your food/subject, with a plain neutral background. This will give you an easier time, and if you don't have any good pictures in your library, I'm sure there's a stock photo floating around the internet that will do.
Open your picture in photoshop...
And simply drag and drop it onto your new canvas.
Now our next task is to expand the background of your image so you have a place to write your text. I will note that there are literally dozens (if not hundreds) of ways to perform a task in Photoshop and GIMP due to the staggering amount of tools and features they offer, so I'm only going to show you the method I personally know how to use.
Click on the clone stamp tool. Like its name suggests, the clone tool takes one part of image, and copies it (or clones it) to another spot. In this case, we're going to be cloning the cloth background.
Now in order to replicate the cloth as seamlessly as possible (versus blotchy and obvious), make sure you set the hardness to 0%.
Now here's the part that will take some practicing. Spot an area that you wish to clone. Alt+click on that area. Now move your mouse to the area where you want this area to be cloned. Click and drag your mouse around and that voila! You've just used the clone stamp tool!
Now just keep on going...
Now time to start adding text- click on the text tool...
And click wherever you want some text and start typing. You'll notice that every time you create a new group of text it appears as a new layer. If you want to edit pre-existing text, make sure that layer is selected in the layer menu (on the right side) first, click on the text tool, and then click on the text you want to edit.