11/28/11

aedm -day 28 portrait

This digi art effort started out for my 365 day photo (the end is near!), then realized I could use it for the scavenger hunt hosted by Ashley, then if I added a texture I could use it for Texture Tues with Kim.  So, here goes:


The 2 photos I started with are:



I cropped the one of me and cut me away from the background (I didn't get enough tree bokeh). I love the colors in the frosty leaves so placed me over them.  I duplicated the background, changed it to soft light 45% and did a strong blur so it's mostly color, no shapes.

Then the magic of textures takes over.  I used 2 of Kim's:  autumn burst @ soft light 90% and crackerjack @ hard light 50%.  I added a bokeh texture that I think is from Shadowhouse @ soft light 100% to arrive at the final image.
This is linked to AEDM (day 28 already!), Texture Tuesday and on Sunday will be part of my scavenger hunt (portrait) with Ashley.

ED: I just went to link to Texture Tues and realized this week is about gratitude.  While I didn't take or process this photo thinking of gratitude, it could certainly apply - look how happy I look!  That's because I'm grateful for my life - I have the best husband and great kids; we have our health and we all have jobs; I have a circle of supportive and encouraging friends.  So many people don't have home computers (yes, it's true!) and easy access to the internet so I'm grateful I have the tools and time to develop my creativity.  The list goes on and on, but basically I'm grateful I have such a comfortable and loving life.  I wish the same for you.

11 comments:

  1. Great combination! I never would have guess the original background. Impressive cropping too :)

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  2. Wow, I have so much to learn. I love what you have done. I too love the frosty leaves.
    Thank you for opening my eyes to something else I can add to my list of things to learn how to do.

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  3. It freaks me out how much there is to your digital images and they come together and look effortless, but I know it is really hard to get them looking this good... very cool xx

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  4. Great Christmas portrait! Valerie

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  5. Love this image. Thank you for giving us insight into your creative process.

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  6. Great job on this !!! love the background
    aenee/Lily over from TTP

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  7. I have got to e.x.p.a.n.d my thinking.
    Combining these photos and textures is terrific.
    This photo is about gratitude!
    Recognizing our blessings changes everything.

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  8. You are a beautiful woman!

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  9. terrie - wonderful job of processing and using the software to its fullest. beautiful job. thank you {texture tuesdays} BTW - love your background; smiles, i have used it in my bookmaking before... excellent.

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