Wishing for Cooler Weather

Here in the deep south we’re facing August in June.  98 degree highs with heat indexes well over 100 degrees.  Add the orange air quality alerts into the mix and it is not a good idea to venture outside.  In my wishing for cooler weather I’ve been editing old Christmas shots to try and get a really early jump on my Christmas card photo  for this year.  Of course I’ll change my mind a dozen times before Christmas but I have a rough draft so far.

© Liz Masoner, all rights reserved

Christmas Card Draft

Want to get a similar effect out of your photos?  In addition to basic edits like levels adjustment, this image has a light Orton Effect, some dodging on the star to highlight it, a little sharpening, and vignette.  You can find instructions on the Orton Effect, vignette, and sharpening on About.com Photography.

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