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Old 11-29-2001, 06:03 AM
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Cats with a Purpose

This is a combination of two photos. The sleeping cat under the tree was taken about 5 years ago. The cat attacking the tree was taken in 1985. I used the cat under the tree as the base for the photo. I cut out the attacking cat from the original photo and pasted her as a separate layer. Everything else, including the tree and the two other cats, are PSP tubes. The dollhouse tube was originally a PSP vector drawing I did to replicate a real dollhouse which I made from a kit. Ed's Santa tube is in the picture too.

After resizing, rotating and erasing parts of the tubes to fit the picture, I merged all layers. Added a PSP "Illumination Effect" of "soft light bottom" to create a look of a low night light. I then added the text. Resized the image and exported it as a .jpg.
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Old 11-29-2001, 06:09 AM
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Very cute! I see Ed's Santa in there, too

A shame it's a little dim. Would make an excellent xmas card.
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Old 11-29-2001, 07:20 AM
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Cool!! But how do you explain to the kids Christmas morning that Santa broke the ornaments?

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Old 11-29-2001, 08:32 AM
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Hi Doug and Ed --

Doug, I dimmed it on purpose to hide the artifacting That's the problem with trying to combine tubes into a photo. Tubes are more suited as .gifs. I've done a slight brightness/contrast adjustment on the original PSP image, and that perked it up slightly. But this one is just for fun, and I only spent about 20 minutes on it.

Ed, you buy only plastic ornaments when you have cats. LOL!!! My idea for this wasn't original, this is what my cats do to the Christmas tree. I stuck the dollhouse in the photo because my 20-lb. cat thinks she can fit in the real one and tries to get in it.

Thanks, both of you, for your comments.

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Old 11-29-2001, 09:10 AM
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ah, the world as it was meant to be . . . kitties in control

nice job lorraine, idea and execution
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Old 11-29-2001, 09:14 AM
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I Love it!

I guess cats everywhere (especially in NJ) attack Christmas trees! The twinkling tinsel and blinking lights get to them. Sheba thinks she can climb the tree---or tried to one year
This would make a nice Christmas card--even electronic.
Who'd have thought cats were so talented!
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Old 11-29-2001, 09:21 AM
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Love it Lorraine. Christmas in the eyes of a cat. Very creative and funny.
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Old 11-29-2001, 04:42 PM
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Thanks, Kathleen, Pat and DJ.

I've owned cats all my life. The two I used in the photo were adopted, but are no longer here. Both died of cancer. The one attacking the tree, Miss Kit, was my first cat after I was married. She lived for 14 years. In the photo I have of her, she was attacking our Christmas tree. The photo of the sleeping cat was taken on Christmas night. After the presents were opened, the dinner was done, and all of the family was relaxing, we found Dustin sound asleep in the box containing my husband's new sweater, a Christmas gift from my sister. Oh my!!!!!

Cats are amazing and wonderful creatures, as long as you know your place, and your place is to serve them.

This was a great challenge for me. I'm happy you all liked my portrayal of the way it is with cats.

Pat, my two sisters are RNs from NJ.

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Old 11-29-2001, 05:47 PM
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Such an accurate portrayal of cats celebrating Christmas! Quite lovely and funny.

Your story about Dustin's acquisition of your husband's sweater is so typical -- IF your sister-in-law ever found out, she should have been pleased to know that her gift received the "four paws up" seal of approval.
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Old 11-29-2001, 06:04 PM
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Loved your picture. I particularly liked the soft look that it had. I was impressed with the way you incorporated the tubes into the photo-very professional looking picture. Time to round up my cat photos and be a copycat. Wonder where that name "copycat" came from?
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