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Holiday Image with a Laughing KookaburraThis week I am just doing a short blog and taking a few weeks off – been blogging for 5 years without missing a week, and am updating to a better computer. As great as it is to get a new computer, it is hard not to anticipate some issues! This beautiful bird is a Laughing Kookaburra whose image was taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Basically this image used my regular workflow for painted birds. Used Topaz (see my Tidbits Blog sidebar for website link) ReMask 5 to separate him out from his background and then applying the resulting layer mask. In Photoshop my own Corel Painter texture was placed below. In this case the texture was duplicated and set to Vivid Light blend mode. (The halftone effect was painted on a separate layer in PS when creating the texture.) In the Layer Style dialog (double click on the layer), the Blend If This Layer’s Black tab was split (ALT+drag apart) and set to 0/94, and the Underlying Layer White Tab was split and set to 84/129. The bird was painted above blending the edges of the texture into his feathers. An Exposure Adjustment Layer was used to enhance the eye before painting it. The nice Christmas greeting is a freebie from a scrapbook site using G&T Designs Card Topper 02. On a stamped layer (CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E), Nik’s Color Effects Pro 4 plug-in was opened and 4 filters were added – Cross Processing, Levels & Curves, Graduated Neutral Density, and Classical Soft Focus. My free SJ Snow 2 Overlay was placed on top and set to 45% layer opacity. Nik Viveza 2 was used to adjust the focal point. And obviously some clean up was done.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! …..Digital Lady Syd

5 responses

  1. The most beautiful Christmas card ever. Merry Christmas!

    12/19/2015 at 7:40 pm

    • Thank you Inese! I am not sure the Kookaburra thought this was so great, but I love putting birds in scenes not exactly natural to their habitat – it adds a touch of humor for me!

      12/20/2015 at 10:54 am

      • Kookaburra is gorgeous on his own, and I have to confess that I just loved the background without questioning its relevance 🙂 A very beautiful card!

        12/20/2015 at 11:21 am

  2. Gorgeous work, Syd. Have a beautiful break from blogging. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    12/20/2015 at 9:04 am

    • Thanks Sarah – Have a great Christmas and New Year too! I so enjoy your blogs so will be staying tuned!

      12/20/2015 at 10:52 am

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