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Helena



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Registered: August 2002
Location: sunny Victoria, BC, Canada
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This was a fun one. I'd want to live here now...but my light display wouldn't be quite this tacky!

First I used the clone tool to fix up the walls. Added a roof (simple shape filled with black and a couple of other colours for depth). Then I filled a layer with black and used an overlay blending mode of "soft light" to darken everything. I did a hue/saturation change on the sky to darken it a bit more...and I think I did some burn darkening with a soft brush on the trees and lawn as well.
Then I took various pictures of christmas lights and used them to decorate the house. I had to clone the icicle lights and the wreath under the white angels. The windows were filled with light and made into divided lights (with crosspieces). I cloned the windows to add symmetry to the house. A lot of the Christmas lights came from pictures that were mostly black. This made it easy since I could just select roughly around them, cut, and paste into my file. With a blending mode of lighten - all I was left with were the lights! The star was a photoshop brush. That's it.
· Date: 12/9/2004 · Views: 11318 · Filesize: 59.8kb, 54.9kb · Dimensions: 645 x 485 ·
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Helena

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Registered: August 2002
Location: sunny Victoria, BC, Canada
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12/9/2004 4:32pm

HA - i just noticed there is no snow on the ground. I think I can be excused because i live in Victoria, British Columbia and we usually don't HAVE snow at Christmas. So this is normal for me. Sorry if it looks a bit weird to you people who actually own snowshovels.

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Janet Petty

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Mid-South
Posts: 2,164
12/9/2004 7:42pm

Please no snow. Just kidding. You have done a very nice, very festive job. It almost looks good enough to eat...as in gingerbread house.

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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
12/10/2004 8:36am

Nice job, even without snow Seriously, your repair work is very good and you turned the day photo into night beautifully.
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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
12/10/2004 9:55pm

When my grandchildren, here in Western Australia, go to look at homes locally all decked out for Xmas, there's never any snow so this looks perfectly natural to moi. I appreciate the effort you put into this, so very well done, especially your lighting effects inside and out.

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tedc
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Registered: October 2004
Location: Belmont Nth NSW Australia
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12/19/2004 3:57pm

An excellent piece of work.
We here at Belmont North just a little drive from from Sydney Australia, have a large home named 'Gracelands' (modelled after you know who's home)
It is always bedecked with ligths and busloads of tourists visit it yearly.
Ad we too have no snow!!

Thank you all for a wonderful site and helping to make this place a joy to visit

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gland

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Registered: July 2002
Location: Texas
Posts: 244
12/31/2004 2:58pm

This rendition is just stunning. The shadowing is perfect.

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Ryuneo
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Registered: November 2003
Location: Manchester, England
Posts: 6
4/18/2005 2:30pm

Great image!
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RestaurArt

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Registered: November 2005
Location: Teresópolis / Rio de Janeiro / Brazil
11/14/2005 8:43am

Simply magnific your job. Congratulation and Merry Xmas
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Cupcake

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Registered: November 2006
Location: USA
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11/7/2006 12:04pm

That is so pretty.

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knation03
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Registered: December 2008
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12/21/2008 7:42pm

Quite a talent. Could and wouldn't know this wasn't the real thing. Amazing job.
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Helena

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Registered: August 2002
Location: sunny Victoria, BC, Canada
Posts: 30
12/21/2008 8:14pm

Thanks knation03. Funny how when Christmas comes around we look at these old challenges again. Although I was smug when I posted it, saying that we didn't have snow where I live, I have to eat my words this year!
I'm looking out the window at 10 inches of snow. Lights DO look prettier with snow though.
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