Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Family Holiday Card



About three seconds ago, I clicked the "order now" button from Kodak Gallery's website. I feel as though a weight has finally lifted from my shoulders!

To make this card, I purchased several yards of saturated green felt from the fabric store (on sale!) and taped it high on the wall. Three of my family members posed in front of it while my trusty tripod took several photos (before the felt succombed to gravity). Meanwhile, my daughter decorated her gingerbread house. She had such a good time!

Then it was all about the photoshop. I found a tutorial, online, for removing the "green screen" from the background - using a green fabric just makes it fairly simple to "cut" the people out of the background. I had to play around with the coloring of both photographs, the "gingerbread" photo was red in comparison to the "family portrait" photo. I also had to put shadows in behind the "family portrait" photo to make it look as though we had the same lighting as the other photo.

And voila! Sillyness ensues.


"green screen" portrait


Autumn's gingerbread masterpiece


Final combo photograph



8 comments:

LRM said...

That looks fantastic! Great idea too - sorry I was so woefully unable to come up with anything.

Natalie-Little Shindigs said...

oh i just LOVE IT! you amaze me girl...I was wondering how you would top yourself...and YEP YOU DID IT! AWESOME idea.

Melanieshea said...

I LOVE IT!!!! How creative!!!! Isn't photoshop great!

Sugar Bottom Baby said...

Insanely creative, abs!!! What a talent!!!!!!

Kendra said...

Love it! Great extraction work! A fun idea I might have to file away for future use!

Aimée said...

It's Awesome! Can I copy you next year? Great job, now pat yourself on the back and put your feet up for the rest of the night.

Mrs. Dub said...

Genius!

cindi said...

And you didn't pull your hair out trying to get everything just right? Awesome job! My hats off to you.