Natasha’s Guide to Living Healthy and Losing Weight
Hello! My name is Natasha, and I’m a certified personal trainer who has lost ~80 pounds since 2011. I get asked most of the same questions daily - “how do I lose weight?” “how do I get healthy?” “what’s your secret?”. Well, I’m here to finally answer all of those questions, and more, in detail. This is pretty much going to be everything you wanted to know about being fit but were afraid to ask. So let’s begin!
You’ve heard the phrase that weight loss and fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s true. You will get nowhere without proper nutrition. Keep in mind though, IT IS NOT A DIET. The word ‘diet’ indicates that it would be temporary. Nope, this is a lifestyle change! This is why fad diets (Atkins diet, ABC/Military/7 Day diets) won’t work. Yes, you might lose weight with those things, but as soon as you go back to eating regularly, you’ll gain it all back. Not to mention, they’re incredibly unhealthy and even dangerous! Now, there are different lifestyles that people chose to follow, and you need to find what works for you. They include, but are not limited to: vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, paleo, etc. Do not start one of these lifestyles in an attempt to just lose weight. If you plan on eating a certain way, like I said, keep it up for life! You have to find what works for you. Whatever lifestyle you choose to follow, here are some basics to keep in mind.
- Eating enough. BMR. RMR. TDEE. IIFYM. Starvation mode. What does it all mean? I personally choose to go by TDEE, or Total Daily Energy Expenditure. You can calculate your TDEE (and BMR) here. TDEE is the amount of calories your body burns in 24 hours - including your resting, sleeping, working, playing and digesting food. If you eat right at your TDEE, you will maintain your weight. If you eat over, you will gain weight. If you eat under, you will lose weight! Simple, right? If not, let me give you an example. I put in my stats - female, 22, 5’1 and ~120 pounds. My BMR is 1243 and my TDEE is 1872. You should NEVER eat under your BMR - that’s your Basal Metabolic Rate AKA how many calories your body would burn if you were in a coma. Everyone hears about the magical number 1200, and if you eat below this, your body will go into starvation mode. “But Natasha,” some people say, “My BMR is below 1200! Should I eat that much?” The answer is NO. Again, your BMR is what your body would be burning if you were laying in a coma, unable to move AT ALL. YOUR BODY NEEDS NUTRIENTS. YOUR BODY NEEDS CALORIES. CALORIES ARE ENERGY. Starvation mode, or rather, the starvation response is something that your body does when it isn’t receiving the nutrients, food and energy it needs. Click here to read more about it. So what does this all mean? Numbers do play a part in losing weight. One pound is 3500 calories. That means, to lose a pound, you need to cut out 3500 calories. So let’s go back to my TDEE, which is 1872 calories. If I were to cut out 200 calories a day from my food, which would make it 1672, then burn 300 calories from working out, that would bring it down to 1372. Voila, that’s cutting out 500 calories a day - eating healthy and not starving yourself! Also, keep in mind if you are doing insane workouts and burning 500+ calories per workout, you need to eat AT LEAST half of those calories back.
- What do I eat? A phrase you’ll hear all over tumblr is “clean eating”. And you’re probably thinking, “what the hell does that even mean?” Clean eating is essentially cutting out processed junk foods, and eating organic, natural, healthy and whole foods. Here is Clean Eating 101 and the 10 Rules to Eating Clean to help you out. A few of the main tips I can give you for eating well are: cut out all soda, juices, etc. - diet or otherwise, cut out fast food, cut out junk food (chips, frozen dinners, etc). I’m going to give you some examples of healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.
- Breakfast: oatmeal topped with nuts, nut butter, and any fruit. fruit smoothies and/or green smoothies. smoothie bowls. yogurt with granola and fruit. eggs (my fave is scrambling 1 whole egg with 2 egg whites, adding baby spinach, tomatoes and spices). turkey bacon. any kind of fruit. granola. whole wheat toast (top it with avocado/guacamole and pepper, it’s A+). there are a ton of other options/foods, but these are a few to get you started.
- Lunch: salad (try to amp up your salads with spinach and kale, hardboiled eggs, chicken breast, tons of veggies, limit your dressing if any), baked chicken breast with brown rice and veggies, healthy pizza (whole wheat and/or cauliflower crust, fat-free and/or organic cheese, top with massive amounts of veggies), eggs (i have breakfast for lunch a lot), a healthy sandwich (chicken breast or turkey breast, avocado, veggies, no mayo - try to make it yourself and make every part organic, NOT SUBWAY). again, these are just a few options. there are a ton of healthy meals for you to make.
- Dinner: similar to your lunch options - I personally stick to baked chicken breast, veggies and brown rice/quinoa most days. I like to prep my dinners on sunday so I have them available to me and I don’t have to make anything as I work in the evenings. Read more on meal prepping here.
- Snacks: any nuts, fruits, or veggies. whole grain toast with peanut butter and bananas. greek yogurt. veggies with hummus. quest/lara/KIND/pure bars. green and/or fruit smoothies. popcorn (not the kind caked with butter, obviously. trader joe’s has some good organic options).
- Water. Cut out the soda, diet or otherwise. No juice unless it’s organic and from fruit only (no added sugars). Green tea is great too, but you want to make sure you drink AT LEAST 60 ounces of water a day. Getting the right amount of water every day will help clear up your skin, lose water weight, reduce bloat, and stay hydrated (obviously). Read more on the benefits of getting enough water here.
- Cheat days/meals. Part of healthy living is moderation, and sometimes you need to take a break. You don’t want to deprive yourself too much, and we all love food. I personally either have one cheat meal a week, or two full splurge days a month. This does not mean you can’t have sweets or any kind of cheat day to day. Have a handful of chocolate chips every night or a piece of dark chocolate. One cookie never killed anyone or hindered their progress. But remember, MODERATION.
- Here are some additional links to help you out! Healthy recipes. Food inspiration. Healthy snacks 1. Healthy snacks 2. Healthy snacks 3. Garden of Vegan. 10 Healthy Food Blogs. How to eat healthy on a budget. How to eat healthy in college. How to eat healthy when dining out. How to talk to your parents about buying healthy food. Big list of healthy recipes.
Yes, fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. THAT DOESN’T MEAN EXERCISE ISN’T IMPORTANT. Forget the weight loss. Forget losing fat. Exercise is important for your body and your mind. You need both cardio and strength training in your workout routine for the best results and optimal fitness. I personally recommend to my clients at least 5 days a week of cardio (if you’re trying to lose weight. if you’re maintaining, trying to build muscle or just trying to be healthy, 3 days a week is fine) for 30 minutes to an hour, and at least 3 days a week of strength. If building muscle is your main goal, reverse those numbers (3 days a week cardio, 5 days a week strength). There are hundreds of different ways to workout, and just like with your nutrition, you need to find what works for you. Whether it’s running, the elliptical, Zumba, yoga, weight lifting, WHATEVER. Your body needs it. And like I said, your mind does too! Hello, endorphins! I’m going to go over cardio, strength, weight training for beginners, and yoga.
- Cardio: I know, we all hate it. I have a love/hate relationship with it. But unfortunately, we need it. Cardio, also know as cardiovascular exercise, is basically anything that gets your heart rate going. It’s good for your heart, your body and mind in general, weight loss, and stress management. Cardio is one of the main ways to burn fat. You want to try to get your heart rate into your target heart rate zone, which you can calculate here and monitor with a heart rate monitor/fitbit/etc. Cardio can be done hundreds of different ways, here are just a few: running, the elliptical, cycling/exercise bike, hiking, Zumba, fitness classes, some variations of yoga, swimming, HIIT, Insanity, Jillian Michaels and other workout DVDs, Pilates, and there are literally a bazillion other ways to do cardio. Just get your heart rate going! Like I said before, ideally you want to get 3-5 days a week, for 30 minutes to an hour of cardio.
- Strength Training: Do you even lift, bro? I feel like a lot of people just think ‘heavy lifting’ when they think strength training. While that is a very popular and awesome way to gain muscle, there are other ways as well! There are a ton of body weight exercises that will help you gain muscle and burn fat, here is a list of body weight exercises you can do anywhere! Try to target a different body part every day, ie. one day do arms, another day do abs, another day do legs. You can do full body workouts every day as well, if that’s your thing. You can also use handweights/dumbbells, and work your way up to heavier weights. Another way to build muscle is yoga! I’m going to go over yoga and weight training/heavy lifting in depth. Strength training, in any form, is necessary to build muscle, which in turn will help burn fat.
- Yoga: Ahhh yoga. My new favorite thing. I work at a yoga studio and will hopefully be doing my yoga teacher training soon. Anywho. There are a zillion different styles of yoga but my personal favorite is vinyasa flow. It’s cardio and strength, and you so get your heart rate up. Hot yoga is great too! You can do yoga at home, go to a studio, watch a video on Youtube, etc. Yoga is for everyone! I feel like a lot of people think it’s for super fit or super skinny people only. It’s not! Everyone can do it! I will have some helpful links, videos, and tips for you at the bottom of the workout section.
- Weight Training: I think by now we all know that lifting heavy does NOT make you bulky. It makes you super hot, muscular and toned. The key to weight training and lifting heavy is FORM. Do not sacrifice your form just so you can lift more. I would recommend starting with lighter weight/hand weights, to build up your strength, and then move on to weight machines, squat racks, Crossfit, etc. Here is a guide to weight training for beginners.
- Rest Days: You need at least one full rest day a week. Your body needs to rest, heal and build muscle. Yup, BUILD MUSCLE. Here’s the thing. When you’re working out, you’re actually tearing your muscles. It’s the rest and proper nutrition that builds them up.
- Here are some additional links to help you out: A Beginner’s Guide to Home Workouts. 30 Plank Exercises to Shock Your Body. Giant Yoga Master Post. Youtube Fitness Channels. HIIT Workouts. Blogilates Printable Workouts. Strength Training 101. How to Build Muscle. Workout Basics.
The Mental Side of Fitness
Fitness is a state of mind. Losing weight takes a certain mentality. I get asked all the time about where I found my motivation, how I stayed motivated, etc. The number one tip that I can give you is, if you don’t have one already, START A FITNESS BLOG. A fitness specific blog. Having people that are on the same journey as you and a place to log your progress and stay on track helps so much. I would not have done it if I hadn’t started this blog. Another issue a lot of people have is balance. How do you balance between eating too much, and eating too little? What if you have/develop an eating disorder? Unfortunately, it happens. I’m going to provide you all with a lot of links and resources for motivation, happiness, mental and eating disorders, and general life advice. Losing weight will not make your life perfect. You have to work for that mentally. Losing weight will not make you love yourself or your body. It is a daily journey. Fitness is a lifestyle.
- Ways to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight.
- Make a Weight Loss Inspiration Board.
- Start a Dietbet with Friends.
- Weekly Meal Planner Worksheet.
- Weekly Food and Exercise Recorder.
- My Workout Playlist.
- How to Beat a Plateau.
- Bad Day Remedies.
- Binge Eating Recovery Plan.
- Eating Disorder Hotline and Chat.
- Self Harm Alternatives.
- Ways to Deal with Depression/Stress.
- De-Stress Yoga.
- Apps You Need in Your Life.
- No Gym? No Problem.
- Learning Self Love.
Welp, I think that’s it! If you have any questions, my ask box is always open (keep in mind, I get thousands of questions a day but I try to answer as many as I can). I also do meal/workout plans online, and in person training. You can check out my personal training information here and email me at email@example.com if you’re interested! Just remember: if I can do it, ANYONE CAN. I went from being the most sedentary unhealthy person, to a personal trainer. It is possible. Remember to believe in yourself, and JUST DO IT. No one can do it for your or want it for you. You have to want it for yourself. And above all, STAY HEALTHY. Get healthy, and weight loss will follow. Thank you for reading this! I hope it helped! Thank you all for your continued support and love. Hopefully this will help you guys reach your goals!
Good luck, have fun, get fit. Namaste.
(banner by the lovely rhianna!)
#1 - Basic Gif Making in CS6
and the “fade” effect
Program: Photoshop CS6
Translatable? Yes, however the purpose of this tutorial is to teach with the new CS6 interface.
Difficulty: Easy/Medium (making any type of gifs can get very frustrating)
#2 - Motion Transition Gifs
Now I’m going to show you how to make gifs like this:
Program: Photoshop CS6
Difficulty: Hard at first, medium/easy once you get the hang of it.
Requirements: Previous knowledge of gif making.
#3 - Pixel Transition Gifs
Program: Photoshop CS6
Requirements: Previous knowledge of gif making.
#1 - Basic Gif Making in CS6
Hello! I will be showing you my method of making gifs in Photoshop CS6. It may seem hard at first but will be simple once you get the hang of it! I have heard a lot of people are having trouble with the new CS6 interface, so here you go :) First rule—make sure your first frame is ALWAYS selected before doing anything (i.e. text, coloring, etc.) to the gif.
1. Making Frames
Before you can even begin this, you will need to have your video saved on your computer in the .mov format. I have a Google Chrome plugin that just downloads the videos automatically when you click the button. If you don’t have Chrome or don’t want a plugin, you can convert and download directly from youtube. I prefer convertfiles, because you can download any videos, even music videos. Zamzar is okay too, but it won’t let you download any files over 100MB. Just paste the video url, and in the drop down box that says either output or convert to depending on what website you use, change it to .mov (QuickTime Movie File) or .mp4. These are the only files that are supported directly with Photoshop. The better thing about the Chrome plugin as opposed to converter sites is that the videos are HD quality and really clear.
Try and use HD videos if at all possible. SD will not look as good, even with sharpening (the Chrome plugin almost always has an HD option).
Now if you’re using another program to make your screencaps/frames, I guess you don’t have to convert to .mov or .mp4, but I find doing everything directly in Photoshop is easiest instead of having a bunch of programs using disk space on your computer.
Before you start, make sure the animation frame box is at the bottom. In CS5 it is Window>Animation. However, in CS6 you have to go to Window>TIMELINE. It is the exact same animation frame box, just a new name. (Make sure the checkmark by timeline is checked.) It will look like this:
And then the timeline will be at the bottom:
Now if you have the animation frame up, you’re going to start making your frames. Go to File>Import>Video Frames to Layers. I’m using the “Dance With Me Tonight” music video by Olly Murs for this tut.
Pick your video you want to make a gif of and a popup box will come up. Change your settings to Limit every 3 frames (you can do 2, but you may have to delete more frames later, so 3 is safer). And click selected range only.
Now you have to select the range for your gif. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT GETTING A LITTLE EXTRA AT THE BEGINNING OR END THAT YOU DON’T WANT ON YOUR GIF! That’s okay, and you can delete the frames later. Also, DO NOT DELETE ANY FRAMES YET. WAIT UNTIL I GO OVER SHARPENING.
Already this looks different from CS5. In CS6 you don’t have to hold Shift and select a range, you move the little black things at the beginning and end to wherever the range of the scene you want to gif is.
Rule of thumb: If you need to delete a lot of frames within the gif, ALWAYS DELETE EVERY THIRD FRAME.
2. Size and Sharpening
Okay, if you need to crop your image go ahead and do it but DON’T DELETE ANY FRAMES. Go toImage>Image Size and change the width to 500 for the best Tumblr size. Make sure constrain proportions ischecked; the height doesn’t matter as long as the width is 500, and constrain proportions will automatically change the height to where it will look good (usually it will be around 281, for music videos anyway).
Now to sharpen! Use notliketheother’s Sharpen action for gifs here and READ THEIR TUTORIAL here in order to sharpen properly. I am not going to rehash THEIR tutorial for THEIR action since this is my tutorial but be sure to read it. Depending on the quality of the gifs I may sharpen it up to 2 times using this method. Again, DO NOT DELETE FRAMES BEFORE SHARPENING. But please sharpen your gif; if it’s an HD video though 1 time is enough, 2 looks oversharpened.
Now you can delete any unwanted frames from the beginning and end. To delete frames click on the littletrash can at the bottom of the timeline. Also, if you feel your gif still has too many frames, you can delete every 3 frames within the gif.
Now your gif will be automatically set at a time. It will most likely be way too fast. You can change it to any time you want, just test out the times. Make sure it’s not too fast, but not too slow either. To change all layers at once, select all by clicking the little box with the arrow and the timeline and click select all.
All of the frames will be highlighted. Then go on any of the frames and click the number with the down arrow to change the timing (I prefer .1 seconds usually, but just see what works best).
So this is what my gif looks like now with the timing at .1 (sorry, had to watermark it, obviously yours won’t have text at this point lol).
Once you’ve got the timing how you like, you can color it. You can do the coloring yourself or you can drag and drop a .psd.
You can also have text (if you’re using text effects such as drop shadow, make sure your first frame is selected) you’re going to have to convert the text to a smart object Right Click>Convert To Smart Object in order for it to appear on each frame.
5. Optimizing and Saving
Before I show you the completed gif with the coloring, it needs to be optimized and saved. To optimize for Tumblr, it has to be less than 1000 M. (If you’re doing it for an LJ icon, it will already be a small size, which will help, but it has to be less than 40KB, which will really wash out the coloring and look kind of fuzzy sigh.)
If you’re optimizing and it starts to look fuzzy and crappy, you may have to go back and delete frames, and tone down the coloring. Or you can cheat and put a gradient map to only make it more or less 2 colors. To save go to File>Save For Web.
This goes for ANY gif, whether a Tumblr gif or LJ icon.
Make sure all of your settings are like this (set to Selective, Diffusion, etc.) this way your gif will look good. Always start on 256 colors. Now click the little box with the arrow and click Optimize to File Size.
A popup box will come up. In the desired file size put 999 K (for an LJ icon 39 K, yes, make sure the gif is VERY small or it will look like utter crap without all the colors).
Now as you can see the colors have gone down (I had to delete a few frames, to get the colors to be this good).
The way you can tell how big your file is is by looking underneath the preview of your gif where it says a number by K. If it’s less than 1000K it’s good. If not you need to go into the colors box and lessen them more until it’s less. If you try putting it on Tumblr while it’s more it won’t move (or if you’re putting it in the text box it won’t show up).
Optimizing tip: use a gradient map to make your gif black and white or gray and white or whatever so it doesn’t need to use as many colors and will still look clear and quality!
And you’re done!
You could add subtitle text if you want. (Myriad Pro bold and italic is best for this. Again with the first frame selected set the stroke to 2 and add a drop shadow at a fairly low opacity. Then convert to smart object for the effects to show on all frames.)
You could do the whole overlay text thing that’s popular now.
6. Tweening (extra help)
Tweening is the faded effect between different scenes in one gif.
So you’re obviously gonna be working with several gifs at first, just have them all open (try not to have too many so you don’t have too many frames). I only used two for this to not use up as much disk space.
Make your separate gifs, resize, sharpen, delete unwanted frames, etc. Try to have a minimal amount of frames, since the tween will add frames (I went ahead and made this gif black and white to make the file as small as possible).
Then take the second gif, hit the little box with the arrow on the timeline, and click Copy Frames.
Then go back to the first gif, select the last frame, and click the little box again, then Paste Frames. Make SURE to click Paste After Selection on the popup.
Do this for however many scenes you’re putting together, selecting the last frame of the previous gif before pasting the new one.
Now you’re going to select the last frame of the first gif. Click the little icon at the bottom of the timeline that looks like a bunch of circles (you can always click the box and arrow, then click Tween, but the button goes a lot faster). It’s next to the duplicate frame button (the square with a folded corner).
The Popup comes up. Make sure Next Frame is selected under Tween With. Then add 3 frames (this gives the right amount of fade). Under Layers select All Layers, and then under Parameters make sure all of them are checked (Position, Opacity, Effects). It will look like this:
Now. This is important so pay close attention. The Tween frames will look pretty transparent in the timeline. You’re going to delete the frame right before the tween and the one directly after. So basically the last frame of the first gif (which you just had selected) and the very first frame of the next gif.
Select the three Tween frames and set the timing to No Delay (0 sec). (For this gif I actually had the gif slower than .1 sec, so I set the tween frames to .1. For most normal gifs though you’ll set it to 0, but if it doesn’t look right or it’s not faded enough for you you can change it.)
Now repeat this process for every separate scene/gif.
Go to the very last frame. Hit the Tween button. We want the end to fade into the beginning so it loops. So this time instead of tweening with next frame (which isn’t even an option now since there is no next frame) tween with First Frame.
Now since we’ve tweened them you’re obviously going to delete the very first frame of the whole thing and the very last frame of the whole thing (the reason we delete the frames is since it fades we don’t want a disconnect of duplicated frames).
Color, save for web, optimize, and you’re done!
Hope this helps! If you have any questions at all about gif making or the new CS6 interface, don’t be afraid to ask!
#2 - Motion Transition Gifs
Now I’m going to show you how to make gifs like this:
(I’m doing this icon-sized for LJ, for Tumblr it will be bigger, about 245x245px, and the colors are not optimized for LJ on this icon.)
This is compatible with other versions, I just will be using tools in CS6 so you might not know what that tool is in the other version of PS.
Note: I am not posting the .psd, even though it might help you because I don’t want my gifs stolen. If you get stuck just ask for help.
First follow the steps for a normal gif, opening your video, making the frames, sharpening, adding a psd/coloring, etc. But for the sizing, you’re going to have to size it as 100x100. I’m using One Direction’s “One Thing” music video.
Now I wanted my icon to be Liam and Harry, so to do this I actually made two different gifs since their parts are at different times, but this is kind of the point.
Since Liam is first we’ll start with his gif.
Once you have your frames, resize and crop to 100x100, sharpen (see first gif tutorial for easy sharpening), and color. Then delete all unwanted frames (try to only have 12 or preferably less. This may mean going through and deleting every third frame, and then again—as long as they’re not crucial frames—until you have the correct amount).
Next duplicate the first frame (select it, then click the little paper/post it looking icon on the bottom of the timeline).
Now we’re going to start adding the effect at the beginning. We’ll be doing them at both the beginning and end of each separate gif before putting them together to make it look like they’re zooming in and the next one zooms in after that one zooms out.
Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color and add a black layer (you can do whatever color you want the background of the gif while it’s “zooming” in or out). Select all the frames, then deselect only the first frame. Go to the layers and click the eye next to the black layer to make it only visible on the first duplicated first frame.
Now copy the first frame of the actual gif (so the now first frame of Liam, not the black frame)
Make a new document sized 100x100. Make sure the timeline is still up, then again click the little box with the arrow and this time click paste frame. Be sure to put Paste Over Selection so you don’t have a random white frame. Or, you can just duplicate the frame again in your first image, open a new image, and drag the duplicate to the new one.
Now you’re going to resize it to 20px smaller than whatever your image is. So my image is 100x100, so I’m just going to go to Image>Image Size (make sure Constrain Proportions is checked) and set to 80x80px. (If my image for tumblr was 160x160 I would make it 140x140, etc.)
Go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur and use these settings:
These are the settings for making your image go sideways. I’ll get to up and down later. Now you just drag this image over to the first image. It will be visible on all frames, so select all but the first frame and click the eye so that you only see it on the black frame. Position it right in the center.
Now you’re going to Duplicate that frame so that you have about 6. Then, starting from the first frame, make the image barely visible on the side, like so.
For the next frame, inch it out slightly more, and continue this process until it reaches the one right before the actual gif starts. THIS ONE MUST BE IN THE CENTER.
Hopefully you get the idea. Here’s what my frames look like:
So here’s what it looks like after this:
Now for the end, for it to “exit”, we’re going to repeat the process of duplicating the last frame, adding a black layer, and making a small version of our last frame. HOWEVER, I want this one to exit DOWN since I want Harry to enter from up. So to do this set the motion blur to Radius: 90 instead of 0. Now it’s just the same concept, except the frame right after your last frame will be the one with the blurred image in the center. Then just slowly edge it down from there, and leave a blank black frame before adding the next gif.
Here’s what the frames should look like:
Now make the second gif on a different file, since the part of the video of Harry is a little later. Since our last one left through the bottom, this one should enter through the top to make it flow.
So repeat the steps, using the motion blur set at Radius: 90 since it’s up/down (to clarify, all going off the side are set at a radius of 0, and all going up or down 90). Here’s the frames:
Here’s the beginning of the gif:
Now since Liam enters from left to right, we want Harry to exit to the right so it will flow. So repeat the end steps (using the motion blur at 0).
Make sure to add another blank black frame at the end so when we put the two together there’s that transition between Harry and Liam again. Here’s this one finished:
Now to put them together. Select all the frames from the Harry gif and copy. Then go back to the Liam gif and select the VERY last frame (which is the blank black frame). Go to Paste Frames, and then make sure to click Paste AFTER Selection, not paste over.
You may have to delete frames to get a decent file size as this will make quite a lot of frames, but the good thing about icons is they have a relatively small size since they’re small (still big for LJ though).
And you’re done!
Kind of time-consuming, but worth it :)
To do photosets on tumblr with these, they would be bigger and you would leave the 2 gifs separate, hence the photoset, but I just wanted to show how to make an icon with both :)
#3 - Pixel Transition Gifs
Make your frames, sharpen, color as normal, etc. You will have to put 2-3 gifs together, so you should have 3 different gifs open. I’m using Big Time Rush’s “Music Sounds Better With U” music video. Luckily each part I’m giffing doesn’t have many frames to begin with.
Change the size to 100x100. Try having at most 12 frames for each.
Note: I am not posting the .psd, even though it might help you because I don’t want my gifs stolen. If you get stuck just ask for help.
Note: This is WAY different for photosets for Tumblr, you have to make a bigger background and then position slightly smaller gifs in the center.
I decided I wanted a Cargan gif (all of them was too many frames, and I almost did Kames, but Carlos lookedso adorable) anyway, not that you care :p
Now make a new image, sized 100x100. Then, select all the frames of the first gif, and paste into the new image, clicking Paste OVER selection so you don’t have a random white frame.
Then do the second gif the same, but instead click paste AFTER selection. Continue this for how ever many gifs you are putting together. Now you just have gifs playing one right after the other.
Now you’re going to select the very first frame and also select the corresponding layer in the layer pallet (the only layer with the open eye next to it). Go to Filter>Pixelate>Mosaic and set cell size to 8.
Now you’re going to repeat with the first frame/layer in each “separate” gif. Then select the last frame&layer of the first gif, and go to Mosaic again, but this time change cell size to 5.
Now I wanted more of a transition, so I added a 4 frame Tween (see my basic gif making tutorial for tweening). Then I added a Tween on the very last frame of the entire thing, but I selected tween with First Frame. I found making the Tween time less (but not 0) than the time on the normal frames looked best.
Okay, so I went ahead and made the Kames one
(for another example not because of feels or anything).
The second one I changed the tween timing, the first one I didn’t. Like I said, I think it looks better set to a less time.
Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny in WWII-era Soviet pilot uniforms for a photo shoot.
Photo credit: Colin Price/PNG
Some Girls is a British sitcom about the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16-year-old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate. We join them on their bumpy journey through adolescence, taking in boys, sex, cliques, teachers, heartbreak, fun and even some football along the way. (x)
GUYS, LISTEN TO ME.
You NEED to watch this show.
- Four teenagers that behave like actual teenagers and not over-drugged, over-chavved versions of teenagers.
- Four well-rounded, distinctive female characters
- Two of which are WoC
- Female friendships are the foundation of the show
- They fight, they say hurtful things to each other, but in the end their friendships are stronger than their differences.
since the offseason is right around the corner, here’s a list of hockey documentaries you can watch online for free while you wait anxiously for your team to come back:
- here’s a list of 37 documentaries on players from wayne gretzky to patrice bergeon produced by the nhl (the length varies between 18 to 50 minutes)
- more than a game, a documentary on the history of hockey (it also covers the place women and poc had in hockey in the 20th century which is super interesting)
- here’s a documentary on the toronto lakeshore oldtimers, a team composed only of men over 43 years old. “in refusing to grow old gracefully, they feel they won’t grow old at all!”
- this documentary, such a simple game, covers the symbolism of hockey for french canadians.
- montreal canadiens - 100 years, 100 stars covers the century of history behind the montreal canadiens, their stars players and how they influenced québec’s culture
- hockey, a people’s history: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5 - part 6 - part 7 - part 8 - part 9 - part 10 (each part is roughly an hour). this miniseries is so interesting and it covers hockey in multiple aspects of the game from the very beginning in the 19th century to today.
- here’s a short film on salisbury school varsity hockey team.
- here is a documentary on the legendary wayne gretzky trade from the edmonton oilers to the los angeles kings in 1988
- here’s a super cool espn documentary on the expansion of the national hockey league from 1967 to 1999.
- and here’s one on goaltenders.
- go learn about the history of the boston bruins: part 1 - part 2
- and the toronto maple leafs
- and the philadelphia flyers
- and the amazing stanley cup run of the new york islanders
- here’s a 96 min long documentary on junior hockey called junior. it intentionally shows no scenes of hockey being played (to focus on the off-ice aspect of these young players’ lives. a really interesting look on the crazy world of those teenagers fighting for their chance to live the national dream.
- here’s a documentary on maurice richard, hockey legend, french canadian icon and awesome guy in general.
- here’s a documentary that focuses on pond hockey and the unwritten rules of the backyard rink.
- and here’s a documentary on sidney crosby cause why not.
what an amazing list!! I only have one to add, which is:
to help get you through the offseason (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧
djf8 said: What are your recommendations on good, full length gay films? I NEED THEM, PLEASE. ;)
Hoooookay! Gay films! Usually LGBT films = cheesy and horrible low budget films but these movies are absolutely delightful! :) Strap in!
QUALITY GAY FILMS:
- SHELTER (2007): Best. gay. film. out. there. Watch it! A touching film about a man struggling with his sexuality when he reunites with a childhood pal, all while trying to make ends meet for his family.
- THE PRIEST (1994): A priest’s inner turmoil about his religion and his lust for men. Scandalous. Controversial. Powerful.
- PATRIK AGE 1.5 (2008) (Swedish): Two gay men wanting to adopt a baby receives a homophobic teenager instead. Absolutely heartwarming film!
- CONTRACORRIENTE (UNDERTOW) (2009) (Spanish): A traditional married fisherman has an affair with a local artist, who accidentally drowns. The fisherman goes through lots of hardship and obstacles from a conservative society to find a peace of mind.
- THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994): A few drag queens get a carbaret gig in the Alice Springs, right in the heart of outback Australia. Arguably one of Australia’s most iconic film ever made!
- BRODERSKAB (BROTHERHOOD) (2009) (Danish): Two neo-nazi men fall in love with each other, when it is strictly against the rules of the homophobic cult. Brilliant acting in here!
- BENT (1997): A terrific dramatisation of the horrible mistreatment of homosexuals in concentration camps by the Nazis back in World War II.
- WEEKEND (2011): Two gay men meet a club and fall in love for the weekend. A one night stand becomes something more. Very powerful and touching indie film. Lots of drugs usage, so be warned!
- HAPPY TOGETHER (1997) (Cantonese/Chinese): Two men go through an abusive relationship only to patch things up again. A tumultuous emotional cycle that impacts both men deeply.
- EINAYIM PKUHOT (EYES WIDE OPEN) (2009) (Hebrew): A married, traditional, orthodox Jewish man falls in love with a student, a relationship strictly forbidden by their religion.
- ROPE (1948): A classic Hitchcock film about two men who committed a perfect murder and try to showcase their superiority by inviting a few inferior friends to a party. Terrific cinematography with astounding actors. (not really a gay film but strong gay undertones are implied)
- L’HOMME DE SA VIE (THE MAN OF MY LIFE) (2006) (French): A straight father suddenly harbours intense feelings for his gay neighbour. A tremendous film.
- 3 (2010) (German): A heterosexual couple in a failing relationship both fall in love with the same man. Confusion ensues. One of my favourite films of all time!
- PARAGRAPH 175 (2000): A documentary about the oppression of homosexual in World War II. Definitely a must watch.
- A SINGLE MAN (2009): In the 60s, a man struggles to reconcile his feelings and his thoughts after the death of his partner. Must watch with a brilliant ensemble and gorgeous cinematography.
- CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND (2011): A light hearted BBC movie about an Englishman who travels to Berlin in search for inspiration in the gay friendly capitol, only to face the wrath of the Nazis in WWII.
- KINSEY (2004): The tale of the famous Alfred Kinsey, leading father of the study of sexuality.
- MAURICE (1987): After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
- THE WEDDING BANQUET (1993) (English/Chinese): Ang Li’s superb film about a Chinese American struggling to help out his friend with her visa while in a long term relationship with his American boyfriend.
- I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS (2009): A heartwarming romantic comedy depicting the life of Steven Russell, a man who tries at absolutely everything to get by and please his partner.
- THE CELLULOID CLOSET (1995): An eye-opening documentary revealing the secrets of old Hollywood.
- TOTAL ECLIPSE (1995): A dramatisation of the life of the famous poet Paul Verlaine in the 19th century and his boyfriend Arthur Rimbaud. Leonardo DiCaprio gay kiss nuff said.
- VELVET GOLDMINE (1998): Sex drugs and rock and roll. Lots of Britishness.
- WERE THE WORLD MINE (2008): A funny musical about two high school boys who fall in love and turn everyone gay.
- BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005): No explanation required!Well, that’s my list but there are heaps of other gay films out there! (unfortunately most of them terrible but ah well) Anyone else who knows any good ones, feel free to chip in as well! :)
For all of those who want to learn a language but don’t know where to start, need extra help as you learn it, or if you’re just bored. These are the resources I’ve gathered over the last few months (feel free to add to it!)
General sites with grammar/sounds/pronunciation for a wide variety of languages
- My Languages
- BBC Language
- How to Learn Any Language
- Effective Language Learning
- The Polyglot Project
More specific sites, targeted at one language
- German here and here
- Spanish here and here
- French here here and here
- Italian here and here
- Japanese here
- Chinese here and here
- Korean here and here
- Vietnamese here
For all ya’ll auditory learners
-also, foreign language mixes on 8tracks
- some german ones
- a few spanish ones
- some french mixes
- some italian mixes
- some russian mixes
- some mandarin mixes
- some japanese mixes
Interactive language-exchanging sites where you can make friends and meet natives wOWie
Tips, advice, and motivation to give you that extra push
- 5 Tips to Get You Started
- a blog on language-hacking tips
- have some motivational videos that provide language courses (Speak from Day 1 and Pimsleur Approach)
- 6 ways to roll your r
- another language blog
For those interested in linguistics, here are 15 interesting articles on the field
i’ve found quite a few resources for irish gaelic, a really beautiful but complex language that you can challenge yourself to learn
- linguistic facts about the language and some study tips
- here’s an online radio
- pronunciation and a youtube channel
- Irish Language Today
If i find more content, I’ll edit this and add it right away. Good luck and have fun!
Some of this stuff and more found here in my resources post :D
Resources are da best because then you can’t use it as an excuse not to learn a language :3
House Rabbit Basics
- Living with a House Rabbit
- Spaying and Neutering
- Litter Training
- Indoor and Outdoor Hazards
- Sources of House Rabbit Information
- Warm Weather Concerns
- Classroom Rabbits
- Children and Rabbits
- Rabbits Outdoors
- Humane Method of Wild Rabbit Control
- Orphaned Baby Bunnies
Other Common Questions
- Basic Supply List
- Vacations and Travel
- Pet Loss Support
- How To Rescue a Rabbit
- Caring for Orphaned Baby Rabbits (Wild and Domestic)
Anonymous said: So if we wanted to watch some French animation, what films would you suggest?
the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.
A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.
Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.
the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.
The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.
Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.
A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.
The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.
Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.
But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well.
Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.
I watched half if them and they’re all so good
Alrighty! I decided to make a masterpost for the lovely and talented Sylvia Plath. Here you will find the links I could find to her various works, journals, interviews, and readings. Please enjoy, and if there is any problem with the links or ones that could be added, please contact me via ask. :)P O E T R Y
- The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath,(edited by Ted Hughes)
Reading her poetry:
- Lady Lazarus
- The Disquieting Muses
- Parliament Hill Fields
- A Birthday Present
- The Ghost’s Leavetaking
- The Stones
- The Moon Was A Fat Woman Once (The Thin People)
- Fever 103
- Excerpts from Ariel part 1, part 2, part 3P R O S E
Short Story Collections:
- The Bed Book,(Illustrated by Quentin Blake)
- The It-Doesn’t-Matter-Suit, (Illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner)H E R L I F E
Interviews with her:
- 1961 BBC Interview with Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes on Literature and Love
- Talking about England
- 1962 Interview with Peter Orr
Documentaries and such on her:
Interviews with those who knew her:
- Smith College Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium
- Frieda Hughes on her mother’s drawings
- Q&A with Frieda Hughes
- Interview with Ted HughesA D A P T A T I O N S
Of her life:
Auditions are a daunting yet necessary evil in the theatre world. Nobody loves auditioning, but they do get easier with practice, and for now here’s a few tips for beginners and seasoned pros alike.
Choosing an audition song (this is the part I find most tricky so here’s another good resource)
A whole blog dedicated to audition songs wow
Audition songs for sopranos
Audition songs for mezzos
Audition songs for altos
Audition songs for tenors
Audition songs for baritones
Audition songs for basses
Overdone audition songs/shows
Sheet music for purchase
How to prepare the music for your audition
The day of your audition: