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.


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

  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.

  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

  4. Great Christmas portrait! Valerie

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

  6. Anonymous10:40 AM

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

  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.

  8. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Wow! Very creative-

  9. You are a beautiful woman!

  10. 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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