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Let's Make Christmas/Holiday Cards!

Post by minniev » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:24 pm

Let's challenge ourselves to make a holiday card to celebrate the season and learn something new. You can use any software you'd like and make this as simple or complex as you want to. No voting, no awards, just fun and learning and sharing amongst friends.

Some possible software solutions:

Graphics and Photo programs like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, On1, GIMP, Paintshop, Painter
Document programs like Word, Apple Pages
Publication programs like Printshop
Free Online sites like Canva https://www.canva.com/
Lightroom (though you'll have more options if you use a program that supports layers)

Google Free Christmas of Holiday Graphics if you want some, or scan in items you have on hand to get elements for your card. I like these https://gallery.yopriceville.com/Free-Clipart-Pictures/Christmas-PNG?page=38

The only rule is you've gotta include at least a portion of a photo you took, or someone took of you.

Here's mine, and a screenshot of the craziness of it in PS showing the layers.If you plan out your strategy in advance instead of making it up as you go like me, you'll do lots better than I did!
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Post by LindaShorey » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:34 pm

Plan in advance?! I don't think I'll ever reach that goal, Minnie :D

I adore your task-oriented egret!

Trixie is wearing a clip-art wreath (thanks for the great link to the png files) and a real sweater a friend knitted for her several years ago. The two-color mat was done in Picasa. I also have a texure layer, a "soft and dreamy" layer from Topaz Detail, a "Film Efex Nostalgic" layer from Nik Color Efex, a "sunlight" layer from Nik Color Efex, and I erased half the wreath.
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Post by LindaShorey » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:52 am

My moon added to original. Lights from png clip art at Minnie's linked site. Words from a Google search for same as png clip art.
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Post by Duck » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:20 am

I haven't done one this year yet, but here's one I did last year. Hope it counts.

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Post by minniev » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:59 am

LindaShorey wrote:Plan in advance?! I don't think I'll ever reach that goal, Minnie :D

I adore your task-oriented egret!

Trixie is wearing a clip-art wreath (thanks for the great link to the png files) and a real sweater a friend knitted for her several years ago. The two-color mat was done in Picasa. I also have a texure layer, a "soft and dreamy" layer from Topaz Detail, a "Film Efex Nostalgic" layer from Nik Color Efex, a "sunlight" layer from Nik Color Efex, and I erased half the wreath.


Love it! So warm and fanciful! Glad you liked the free graphics, I liked that little edge of fantasy you get from adding them to a photo.
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Post by minniev » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:01 am

LindaShorey wrote:My moon added to original. Lights from png clip art at Minnie's linked site. Words from a Google search for same as png clip art.


I'm glad you did two! If you do more later, add them too, and I hope others will too. This one is terrific - moon, llamas, Christmas lights! You could sell this one easily. I love it!
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Post by minniev » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:04 am

Duck wrote:I haven't done one this year yet, but here's one I did last year. Hope it counts.

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Of course it counts! But you can add another (or more) later, the more the merrier. Really like the colors and especially how you created the reflection on the table. Nice mix of elements. Thank you for sharing!
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Post by Duck » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:52 am

minniev wrote:Really like the colors and especially how you created the reflection on the table. Nice mix of elements. Thank you for sharing!

That was all done in camera. All I added was the text. Thanks for the vote of confidence though. :)
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Post by davechinn » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:57 am

So much fun !!! An older card, maybe 2012? Haven't done one this year as of yet.
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Post by minniev » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:34 pm

davechinn wrote:So much fun !!! An older card, maybe 2012? Haven't done one this year as of yet.

They make me smile! Esp the one in the middle! Cool photoshop skills on display here. When you make this years card please add it. I will probably make several just because it's fun and good practice for me.
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