Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How I Use Photoshop to Visualize Before Buying

For the past week or so I've been looking for hardware for the fabric covered Rast dresser. It's a little trickier because of the pattern. The knob/pull needs to be simple so it doesn't compete with the fabric, but it still needs to stand out so it doesn't get lost in the fabric.

So today I thought I would share how I work through design decisions when sourcing products through the internet. ** this isn't a tutorial; however, if that interests you, let me know in the comment section :)

I take a photo and then use Photoshop to combine the two photos so I can see almost exactly what it will look like.

Below are a few options, some work, some don't ...

I love the shape of this knob, but I think the contrasting blue is too much against the pattern ... 

Again, like the shape, but this one I'd have to see in person since the colors are so similar ...

hmm ... not so much, a little too solid, maybe if it was smaller (size is approximation based on measurements give on website)

DIY Ring Pulls? So far this is my favorite ... I use them a lot, but they work well in SO many places.

Maybe in silver?

We also spent a large part of the weekend cleaning out closets and organizing (aka looking for the extra small white knobs we used on the credenza with no luck). I think those might look good too ...

So I'm still deciding, but in the meantime I thought you might enjoy seeing how I visualize things.

I know everyone doesn't have Photoshop, but if you're interested in a tutorial, let me know and I'll try to find a free program online that is similar :)


  1. Silver looks very sleek next to the fabric. I say do that one!

  2. Hi Sarah,
    I like the silver and the orange one. And I'm interested in a tutorial if you know of a similar free online program.

    1. Jenn, I'm with you! Those are exactly the ones I would use! And I would also love a free tutorial on using photoshop. Great minds think alike!

  3. Such a great tip! I use picmonkey to play with the placement of gallery arrangements on walls, or when wanting to try out a new paint color, etc. It helps so much to see it! I think the silver ring pulls are my favorite. Here's the link to the ones I was telling you about on IG from Lowe's. There's a pretty oval shaped ring too.

  4. is online and free, extremely similar to photoshop :)

  5. Love those ring pulls! Photoshop seems sort of magical, still don't have it over here though :)

  6. I would love a tutorial on how you did that!

  7. I would love a tutorial on how you did that!

  8. I see something in contrasting color, like black or tuquoise, or in crystal. These knobs are lost on the bold pattern. I love the dresser, I want one for me. is that fabric?

  9. the best of all four is silver rings.

  10. I love Photoshop!
    And I like the second pulls or the ring pulls.

  11. GIMP is very very similar to photoshop, its free, I use it all the time if I don't have my personal computer with me to use photoshop. Sometimes I even like it better.


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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