Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our Christmas Card

I almost thought we weren't going to be able to have a Christmas card this year. With all the random schedules we have to juggle when it comes to sharing your beautiful children with ex-spouses we weren't going to have all of us in one spot at any point this holiday season. Oh no, I wasn't going to let that stop me from our favorite family tradition! Try photographing each family member individually. Here's some tips on how you can make a Photoshop Composite Image for your family portraits:

1. Grab a note pad. You'll want to make note of your lighting and camera settings so you can recreate the same setup for another day of shooting. It's important that all your images are cohesive in light so it translates well when it comes to creating your card.

2. Decide on your print size and find your print lab. Because our family is so big this card is 4x8 and I'll be printing with ProDPI.

3. Bring your photos in to photoshop and use the magnetic lasso tool to cut out your adorable little subjects. Use the Move tool to move it to your Christmas Card file.

4. Arrange your family members how you want. I like keeping everyone proportional to their height to each other.

5. Add your Christmas message and names. I used Lovefern font for Merry Christmas and Didot for our names and dots. Save the file and send to your printer.

6. I use to collect all our family and friend addresses. They make it so easy to collect addresses by creating a link to send, announce, and share. They keep it all in one place and even help you remember your cousin's husband's name.

I love how it turned out and I even knock out presents for our ALL our ex's too! #happilydivorced


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