Every year I scrounge for an idea for the family card, and this year it came to me while at the movies. I saw three pairs of little feet sticking out the bottom of a photo booth and heard lots of high pitched laughter. ‘Made me smile and voila’…our card process began.
Always gotta feature the zoo on the black…they are so animated and funny, that they make the card fun for me.
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I’ve been interested in Photoshop composite images lately, which is what the Christmas card is. I’m fascinated by creating something that isn’t really there, but adding in elements that have meaning. One of my favorite composite-making photographers lives in Austin–his name is Eric Dogget and his work is really clever and inspiring. The trick with composite work is to have it appear real looking (also “larger than life”) and have some kind of message or humor. Eric is the master with the humor. His Christmas cards are fabulous and it gave me some ideas of my own for next year!
If you’re a photographer and don’t work with one of these bad boys, I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve been doing all photo editing with a Wacom for 12 years, and working with a mouse now feels like moving a rock over the screen.
There are some really great PS composite books out there–I seem to have a library full. I love:
By the master, Matt K. :
and this one by the composite pioneer, Katrin Eismann:
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I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday week, lovelies, and that you’ll get some time to relax and just enjoy the family time. We’re having our annual holiday tea with Sainta Maria and her girls over here today…It’s a tradition we all really enjoy. Love gettin’ those teacups out!