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Van Staden - Photo Manipulator - Yeovil, England, UK

Nicolene Van Staden

Yeovil, England, UK


My name is Nicolene van Staden (better known as Nicky) and I live in Yeovil, I have been an artist since I was in my teens. Art and my spiritual connection with God kept me inspired. After my studies I worked at an interior design company where I was exposed to many different aspects of design.

I discovered photo manipulation 4 - 7 years ago. I was amazed at how far I could stretch my imagination and then re-create it for everyone to see. There was no limit. Anything was possible. Soon I was creating design after design and started showcasing my images on facebook and Deviant Art.

I believe in putting my ‘all’ into my artwork. Some pieces take me days to finish, some take a little longer and only until its perfect, do I showcase it.

I enjoy designing photo albums and websites and I do book cover design.

I have a mixture of designs and I don’t stay in one mood for too long. I expresses myself using different colours and emotions.


Photo Manipulator


I am a Photo manipulator by this i mean i use photoshop to do image editing techniques to creat book covers or a simple retouching of images. My skills come from many yrs of learning something new every day.

Work History

Book Cover Design

Author: Ninfa Hayes

November 2011 - January 2012

I did a book cover for author Ninfa Hayes it has been released in May. The cover can be found under my Creative Portfolio Display The book is called "BITES"

Freelance Graphic Designer

Amgen Generators (South Africa)

March 2010 - September 2010

Website Design

I was contracted to redesign their website, using Dreamweaver CS, as well as CSS and PHP

Graphic Designer / Book cover work

Nicolene Lorette Design

From January 2010

Freelance Graphic Designer

10/2010 Baggage Solutions

November 2009 - November 2009

Brochure Designing

While I was still in South Africa, I was contacted by Baggage Solutions (located in the United Kingdom), and was asked to design a new brochure for the company. All communicates, and the sending of the designs where by email.

Freelance Graphic Designer

Daena C photography

May 2009 - November 2009

Photo Editing

Using Photoshop CS, I cropped Images, as well as doing General touching-up (Adjusting the Lighting / Colours etc.) of images from the photo shoots.


Nicolene Lorette Design

From January 2009

My own Company name I use for Freelancing / Contract Work

Freelance Graphic Designer (owner)

Nicolene Lorette Design

January 2009 - January 2009

My own Company name I use for Freelancing / Contract Work/


Daena C photgraphy

May 2009 - November 2009

Graphic Designer / Team Leader

Transworld Design / Living

January 2002 - November 2009

3D Interior Design
Designing & Editing of Images
Data Capturing
Web Design
Flash Animation
Team Leader
Delegation of Work to Team Members
Dealing with Clients

I started at Transworld Design as a Junior Designer, and worked my way up to being the Team Leader. Part of my job AS Team Leader was setting various tasks, and delegate work to the other Designers. I was also expected to liaise with clients, to keep a well maintained business relationship between them and the Clients, and Transworld Design.

When I was not kept busy with my Team Leader responsibilities, I was designing the layout for "Home Decorator", "Trade Decorator" and "e-Catalog" (Software that is developed in-house). I would design CD and DVD covers for when the software was released. The other part of the job was editing and adjusted images, using such programs as: Adobe CS & CS2 Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash), Freehand, and various in-house development software. I also used other software like Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).; Since Transworld Design & Living Image where owned by the same person, a lot of my time was spent using Google SketchUp to creating 3D Designs of layouts for Decorators (Living Image is a Decorating Company).

Graphic Designer

Stan Oshry

March 2001 - November 2009

Yeovil Vineyard Church


Book Cover Designs

Here you will find my book cover work

My Art Work

My Photo manipulations i have been doing.

Qualifications & Certifications

Computer World


Computer World Training Centre

Norkem Park high School


Norkem Park High

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