Sunday, December 4, 2016

How to Make Christmas Bulbs in Photoshop


This photo looks like a beautiful, sparkly glass Christmas bulb!

But, I actually created it in Photoshop from this photo I took
at our town's Festival of Trees:


This technique is so fast and easy, I couldn't stop making them!
The original photo is below each bulb.











To create these masterpiece Christmas bulbs you only need to follow
four very simple steps in Photoshop!

Open the photo you want to use in Photoshop.

1.  FILTER-DISTORT-POLAR COORDINATES click on: POLAR TO RECTANGULAR

2. IMAGE- IMAGE ROTATION-180 DEGREES

3.  IMAGE- IMAGE SIZE.  Unclick: "constrain proportions".  Now, change the pixels of 
the longest side of your photo to match your shortest. (You are making it into a square.)

4.  FILTER-DISTORT-POLAR COORDINATES-RECTANGULAR TO POLAR

You will LOVE seeing the finished bulb that you created
so quickly and simply!

Photoshop applies the coordinating background during the process.

Try the technique with other photos, like I did with this
summer still-life.



Flowers work especially well with this technique!









Have a blast with this fun technique!

Winter Wonderland Christmas Portraits


I have always LOVED the pretty holiday cards with Christmas scenes!
I  want to LIVE in the Christmasy settings.

So, for my Christmas portraits this year, I decided to put
all the children into  Christmasy backdrops to look
like these magical holiday cards!

First, I photographed the children in front of my famous white
board that I set up in my garage.  Click here to read my blog post about
how to create one of these CHEAP white boards.


This gave me a clean edge to composite the children into other
backgrounds with various Christmas props.

Watch my video tutorial to learn how to do this in Photoshop or Elements.

I photographed my snowy scenes last winter during one of our 
Michigan blizzards.

If you don't have any of your own wintery scenes,
I have a ton of snowy backgrounds, snow overlays and Christmas props in


The gorgeous red velvet chair in this next photo and many 
of the other amazing Christmas props I used
are from a site called Pixel Squid.  They provide a ton of
AMAZING PNG overlays that you can angle any way you wish!
I LOVE Pixel Squid!!!


The sleighs, Christmas tree, white iron bed, toys and presents in these
next few Christmas portraits are
all from Pixel Squid!




I also took a close-up of each child in front of the white board.


Then put them into a magical Christmas scene!






Isn't this Pixel Squid snowman adorable???
I simply put its head in her arms!


I thought out each magical scene before we shot so I could
pose the children to fit my vision.










The Elf hat and shoes are from Pixel Squid.

I'm selling this Santa's arm with the candy cane
HERE in my Etsy Shop.  A PNG with a transparent
background ready for you to drop into your photo!




I couldn't stop creating with Santa Bella:


I'm selling this background with the reindeer HERE in my Etsy Shop.




Such a fun year with my Christmas portraits!

I hope I have sparked your holiday imagination...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Vintage Val Halloween


Time for our Autumn Vintage Val shoot and this year
Val thought of a Halloween theme.

  I decided to shoot in my own home because it's much easier,
but my kitchen has maroon wallpaper that does
not look vintage 1950s.

I created a pumpkin carving set on my kitchen table,
but as we began to shoot, I did NOT like the dark wall.

That's when my photo pal Lucy came up with the brilliant idea
to set up my white boards behind the scene and
add vintage wallpaper in Photoshop!

This is how it looked with the white boards.

I cloned out that seam between the two boards...


And added the pretty wallpaper!


It worked brilliantly and this fulfilled my vision for VINTAGE!
Thanks to Lucy who thought of the idea.  You can use the
same technique in many similar situations where you want to change a background.


We shot this at 6pm on a dark, cloudy evening.

We were actually in the middle of pop-up snow storm 
here in Michigan that left an inch of snow BEFORE Halloween!


I wanted a different angle for the finished pumpkins shots,
so we just moved the white boards in front of the window
to block the falling snow!





Val came up with the Halloween theme  because she bought
a poofy, 50s looking skirt to wear for a work Halloween party.

I found the cat mask on Ebay and our CAT theme was born.

While carving the pumpkins, I accidentally cut the tail off the
cat on both pumpkins and had to use toothpicks to save them! 

Lucy used a wand light to illuminate Val's beautiful eyes in the mask.



Such a cute skirt and looks very vintage with the crinoline underneath.


I had a grand time picking out vintage candy.
You don't see the Necco's I bought because I ate them 
before the shoot!


Now, for the cold part of the shoot.  It was still snowing
when we shot this! 


See the inch of snow on the bushes behind little Layla?





I hope you can use some of these tips
in one of your photo shoots!

Happy Halloween!