Monday, December 3, 2012
Isn't this picture absolutely adorable? I just love it. We went to the Santa's Workshop that was set up at the library on Sunday. It was such a wonderful free event that the Arts Council puts on and I'm so happy we decided to go. They had a wonderful Santa, meaning the guy had an actual beard and looked the part. There was no screaming and crying from my children (unlike the poor kid in front of us) and they rattled off the toys they wanted for Christmas. Have I mentioned how much I love this picture?
Now I must admit the picture didn't have this "warm, fuzzy feel" to it when I uploaded it this morning (thanks for taking the picture and sending it to me Dad). I spent a good twenty minutes with it in Photoshop to make it look like this. You see, occasionally I actually use my Bachelor of Arts degree. Today I thought I'd give you a quick Photoshop filter lesson in case you'd ever like to make your photo's "glow" like the one above.
Here is what the picture looked like directly from the camera. Before:
Then all you do is:
1.Duplicate the photo layer.
2. Use the filter "Gaussian Blur". Make it 5 pixels, or around that.
3. Then in your "Layers" window, pull down to "Multiply".
4. Brighten it up with either "Brightness/Contrast" or my favorite "Curves".
Doesn't it just glow? Gotta love those filters.