Thursday, April 26, 2012

Adding Items Back to the Shop

I've neglected this blog for a long time. I apologize. I shouldn't have been neglecting the blog this way, but lately things have been a bit on the hectic side what with school and church functions. A lot of my business has been through Candlelight Boutique as opposed to through Eternal Stardust Designs, so I haven't paid much attention to this side of things.

I started re-listing items to the shop tonight. I am re-listing things one by one, checking to see if A) I still have the items and B) editing the item photos that I am going to be using. I am also strongly considering moving this blog to a WordPress installation as well as Candlelight Boutique's blog to a WordPress installation on my host, but I haven't decided about that just yet. I have a WordPress installation for Candlelight Boutique, but I don't use it like I should.

In any case, I think my photos are looking better than they did before. :)

This is the before picture. It's kind of dark, you can see the fold lines in the tissue paper I used for a background. Just not a great picture - and this is the edited version. 

Much brighter, and to be honest, the color is actually more realistic on the playing card beads. This one had some heavy editing with a brush set to Overlay Mode and a Spot Healing brush, plus a noise reduction.

Notice the odd pink tint?

Gone, plus a better up close shot - just gorgeous now! (At least I think.)

As you can see, I'm doing better on the photo editing. :) Now to get some better advertising going for the shop. I'm not sure if I want to use the Etsy Search Ads or not. We had a small amount of success with them for Candlelight Boutique, but I'm not sure if I really want to use them with ESD at this point. 

So that is what has been going on with me for Eternal Stardust Designs. :)