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Day 17: Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial

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Day 15 of my 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial with Crystalyn of Flavor PinkThe Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop is probably my FAVORITE out of ALL the tools. Did you take a photo and have a telephone poll standing out of the top of your head? Cloning Tool. Boom. It’s gone. A close second to the Clone Stamp is the Quick Selection Tool. I use both of these tools almost every time I work in Photoshop.

They’re both so handy and perfect for creating that unique Christmas card. I mean, I DO love a classic photo of the family together in front of the Christmas Tree, but I can’t seem to leave well-enough alone and I’m not the only one… Crystalyn shared the photo above in my Holiday Photo Challenge last year (and came in 2nd place). I asked her if I could share her photo for this tutorial and she said yes! I shared some of my own examples, plus some input from how Crystalyn set up her image, on how to use the Clone Stamp Tool + Quick Selection Tool to make your own unique Christmas (Valentine, Halloween, birthday, or whatever) card. Check it out below:

1. Crystalyn set up and planned the photos she wanted to take. She knew she wanted her family to be stacked up on their shoulders to create the “Christmas tree”. SO, she took photos of her, the hubs, and kids 2-at-a-time stacked on shoulders. Here’s what Crystalyn said about taking the photos with her family:

“Taking the pictures for this project was a ton of fun. I can’t stop looking at it, it makes me laugh. I lost track of how many photographs went into this, I think it was around 14. Little bits from here and there. Juniper took 65 photos of me getting up on Shaun’s shoulders. Maybe someday I’ll make an animated gif haha! I think the most amazing thing was the photo of Flynn on Juniper’s shoulders. I thought that was going to be the hardest part, but we got the perfect photo first try! Both kids looking at the camera with relatively happy expressions on their tiny faces? That almost never happens!! I did have to do a lot of reconstructing of Flynn’s torso to remove Shaun’s hands from his arm pits though.”

Clone Stamp Tool Tutorial // thepapermama.com

Clone Stamp Tool Tutorial // thepapermama.com

2. When her photos were shot, she got to work on the edits. When I start a big photoshop project, I always choose a “base photo”. This is usually the photo that will be in the “front” of the image. I would start with the image of Shaun (her husband) since his whole body will be shown in the photo.

3. Duplicate your base photo and work on the copy (I always work on a copy, just in case I mess up). Click on your duplicate copy layer and select the Clone Stamp Tool. Choose a “Soft Round” brush for the Clone Stamp Tool.

4. Find the area you’d like to make changes to. For the examples I’m using a photo of my kiddo on a sidewalk, I’m going to remove the lines in the sidewalk. Choose the part of the image you’d like to clone. In my kiddo’s photo I chose the blank portion of the sidewalk. Hold the Alt Key + Right Click and release. You’ve selected the cloned area. Right Click on the spot you’d like to fix (for me this was the line on the sidewalk). You’ve just cloned! (click on the image below to see a larger version)

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5. Continue cloning out the portions of the photo you want to remove. An example for Crystalyn’s image: she needed to remove hands from under her son’s armpits and used the clone tool to clone his shirt and remove her husband’s hands. Below you can see how I cloned out the sidewalk lines in my kiddo’s photo.

Cloning Tool Tutorial // thepapermama.com

6. Ok, the Cloning Stamp Tool is super cool, but how did she cut out the background out from each image? The Quick Selection Tool will do this. Use this tool to select the background of your image. There’s a + and – brush for this tool, so if you select MORE than just the background, use the – tool to deselect. Tip: Taking your photos in front of a blank/white wall helps a LOT when editing in Photoshop. When you’re ready, click on the “Refine Edge” option. Here you can adjust the smoothness of the Quick Selection Tool’s line. I tend to do about 25% feather, 60% contrast, and a little smoothing. Press ok.

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7. Push the delete button on your keyboard to delete the background. yay! Now you have a cut out human.

Quick Selection Tool Tutorial // thepapermama.com

8. Drag and drop the cut out human into the base photo and get to editing. Using your Clone Stamp Tool plus Quick Selection Tool will help you finish this project. Use your paintbrush + opacity to paint on “shadows” behind your newly cut out section.

Cloning Stamp Tool and Quick Selection Tool Tutorial // thepapermama.com

I hope this quick Cloning Stamp Tool and Quick Selection Tool tutorial will help you on your quest to the perfect Christmas card!

- Chelsey & Crystalyn

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out the DIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are: 2011 & 2012. Reminder: all printables are for personal use only. Thanks!

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Day 16: Christmas Photo Inspiration

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Day 16 of my 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Christmas Photo Inspiration! It’s just about that time! Time to get your family/pets/whatever dressed up and ready for the annual Christmas photo!

This also means we are a couple days away from the start of my annual Holiday Photo Challenge! Yeah, this will be my 4th year hosting this challenge. Wow. So crazy going back and checking out the past entries. If you want to travel back in time and see previous photo entries for inspiration, click on these: 2010, 2011, & 2012.

We just finished shooting our photo for this year… the chickens were involved. Hee. More info coming soon about the challenge (including what prizes you can win).

The inspiration photos above are from last year’s winners, click on these links for larger views: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven.

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out the DIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are: 2011 & 2012. Reminder: all printables are for personal use only. Thanks!

Day 1: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Day 1 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props! I’m prepping the final details for my PNW Blogger Holiday Party and I needed some perfect props for our photo booth. What screams PNW? Woodland creatures and well, beards. I can’t wait to put these to use at the party.

I think these would be perfect for the kiddos during the holidays. A little spur of the moment Christmas photo booth could be fun! My kiddo has been wearing some felt ears about once a week. She tells me they are Armadillo ears. Hee.

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- A variety of felt

- Headbands

- Hot glue

- Scissors

- Wire

- Free Patterns: Fox and Mouse, Rabbit and Doe, Antlers, and Beard

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Directions:

- Cut out the patterns for your ears and beards.

- Trace the patterns onto your felt. Cut out the traced felt.

- Glue the felt onto your headbands, folding the felt pieces together and gluing with hot glue. Some of the ears may need some extra support (like the antlers, rabbit ears, and fox ears), so use some wire to hold up the ears. Use wire to create ear hooks and glue onto your beards.

- Enjoy!

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Happy Monday!

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are:2011 & 2012

Self Portrait Challenge + Giveaway

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Do you remember last year when I shared a self portrait photo challenge with all of you? Well, I think it was a fantastic challenge that had a TON of interest and participants! I’m SO excited to do this challenge again. I can’t wait to see all you beautiful bloggers/readers!

When you put yourself out there in the blogging world, it’s almost impossible to avoid any negative comments. You can receive 100 fantastic and encouraging comments, and all it takes is that one damn negative comment to bring you down. I hate that it’s that way, but goodness… it’s how seems to be (P.S. See this comic, from The Oatmeal). I get a negative comment… somewhere in my social media… “Damn, you’re so ugly!” and that seems to be the only comment I hold on to and remember. In a sea of positive and lovely comments, that one stupid commenter sticks out. I don’t like it, but it’s there in the back of my mind.

I love the challenge of a self portrait. Even though I don’t love every photo taken of me, I have a bit more control when taking a self portrait. A quick candid snapshot usually means my chins will come out to say, “hello”. Ha! A self portrait gives me more control.

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//Beautiful Mustard Bow from, Just Lovely Things//

Sooooo, what does all this mean? I want to see a self portrait from YOU. Yup, you. Beautiful you. Share this photo on your blog, tumblr, flickr, or Instagram… and link that URL to my linky tools (at the bottom of this post). One lovely participant will have a chance to win a camera from me! Yeah! This challenge is NOT based on photography skills/style. The winner will be chosen at random. ALL you have to do is share your image below. I can’t wait to see you! <3

This year I’ve decided to share an Instax mini 8 prize for the challenge! What? Yeah. All you have to do is share a self portrait of yourself and you’re entered. Simple as that. Plus, share a bit of info about you at the moment. For me…

Currently:

Obsessing over…

Getting myself more organized. I am attempting to create and editorial calendar for the year. Goodness, I hope it works out. I need to be more prepared.

Working on…

Like I said above, working on getting myself organized. PLUS, working on so many DIY’s and blog posts and DRAWINGS!

Thinking about…

My kiddo’s schooling. I’ve been throwing around the idea of homeschooling. BUT… that’s a major maybe. I have never seen myself as a teacher, but I am willing to look into this a bit more. We’ll see.

Anticipating…

Planning the upcoming PNW Blogger meet up for this Spring!

Listening to…

The most recent episode of Downton Abbey.

Eating/Drinking…

I had a bit of yummy chocolate. ANNNNnnnnd, a glass of wonderful wine.

Wishing…

I was more organized and had more time in the day.

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What can you win?

- Instax Mini 8!

Rules:

- To enter, link up your blog post to my linky below. (Please don’t link to FB pages, I wont be able to view your image).

- Post must include a self photo of you. It can be an old photo if you’d like… but, why not take a new one?

- Please link back to my blog on your post. You can copy and paste this link if you’d like: ” Linking up with The Paper Mama for her Self Photo Challenge! ”

- Share what is currently going on in your life. You are welcome to follow my “Currently” prompt.

- If you enter this challenge: All photos entered into my Self Photo Challenge may/will be shared in a blog post(s), on The Paper Mama blog. There will always be a link back to the photographer’s URL (instagram) that was shared.

- PG please.

- One entry per person.

- One winner will be chosen at random from Random.org.

- The last day to enter a photo is on February 28th, 2013 11:59 PST.

- Good luck!

P.S. The sweet bow in my photos is from, Just Lovely Things. It’s my favorite hair piece at the moment!

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