Tuesday, March 13, 2012

One thousand gifts (part six)

I continue the wonderful experience of counting my life's blessings.
I am grateful also for:
69. Maria, our 2nd daughter, born safe and healthy on 20th of October 2011, 13:18 o'clock, 4080gr. weight and 55cm height
70. Ilaria carefully observing Maria's ears and exclaiming: "Faine uiechi!" (Beautiful ears!)
71. Adrian giving up playing in a football championship, which ruined many of our week-ends in the past
72. our daughters' red cheeks after spending some time outdoor in the windy chilly winter air
73. Ikea
74. Maria's baby smell
75. being a child again - playing hide and seek with Ilaria
76. Maria laughing so hard that she starts hiccoughing
77. being a child again - building snowmen with Ilaria
78. Pinterest
79. Wednesday evening hours - girls night out
80. red tulips
81. freesia smell in our house
82. tired Ilaria curling up on her bed for the afternoon nap and exclaiming: "Fain putuĊ£ aie Iaia!" (Nice bed, Ilaria's!)

This post has been linked to Ann Voskamp's gratitude community:
Have a blessed week!

P.S.: My previous "One thousand gifts" post can be found here.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Family picture (My 1st Photoshop project. Tutorial.)

I will explain in this post how you can do this tricky picture in Photoshop.

Take the photos you want to mix. 
I used a framed calendar and we hold it with its back facing the camera. Any frame works. Bigger the frame, better the result.
Take care when you take the pictures. For an easy handling of the pictures:
- I recommend that you take the photos in different places, with different backgrounds
- keep the frame straight
- zoom as much as possible, but also leave some margins so you can easily select areas. (as you can see, my picture (the 3rd picture) was not so good from this point of view, so my head is not complete in the mixed picture). 

Place all of them in one folder:

Open in Photoshop 2 pictures you want to mix:

Use "Quick selection tool" for selecting the frame from the "target" picture. For a fast and precise selection, use "Add to selection", "Subtract from selection" and "Size" options, too.
This is the most delicate part of the project - to select correctly the wanted area.
Not only punctual clicks, but also dragging works with these tools.

Select "Lasso tool" and drag and drop the selection area on the other picture:

If the selection area doesn't include enough information from the 2nd picture (as it also happened in my case), use "Image" -> "Image size" in order to obtain a better part of the photo.
In my case, I modified the 2nd photo's width from 1712 to 1212, in order to obtain a more "rich" selection area:

Now use "Move tool" and drag and drop the portion from the 2nd picture into the 1st picture's "frame":

Save the new photo.

Turn back to Step3 and continue your project, by filling a new empty frame:

And so on, depending on how many family members your family has.

When my project has been finished, I realized that not enough contrast was in my final picture. (I recommend that you take the photos in different places, with different backgrounds. As we still have big snow outside, I preferred to take the pictures inside.) 
So I had to "frame" the pictures. I used the "Line tool" with "Style": "Overspray" and different values for "Weight" parameter.

I hope you'll find this tutorial useful.
In case of questions regarding this project, feel free to contact me.

Happy Photoshopping ;-)

P.S.: for doing this project I have been inspired by this picture found on Pinterest.

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