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November 20th, 2010, 08:26 PM
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I'm a photographer, so I'm used to using photoshop, but this is my first time making a card for myself. I made my signature also. (If you can't tell, I LOVE Shabby Princess. lol) I think it turned out well, but I'd like some opinions. My mother in law took the pictures for me, and she didn't take directions well so they didn't turn out the greatest, but good enough for xmas cards. lol I took the pic of my son and our cat, though. Any advice on things you suggest I change would be great. Thanks!!

Here's a direct link to a bigger copy. http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...o/c336123c.jpg

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November 21st, 2010, 09:02 AM
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Hmmmm... first thing that popped out to me was that the pictures could use a touch of brightening. Also, I'd move the presents up some so that they were overlapping the corners of your pictures - that would help make them not seem like they were floating. Also, the Shabby Princess' elements like that are usually stickers or rub-ons (which since I know this may be the only reason I think this) so I would lower the shadows on those a LOT so that you'd have just a touch of shadow around them.
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November 21st, 2010, 10:46 AM
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I adore this card!! I agree about lowering the shadows on the elements, except the shadow on the ribbon looks really really nice to me. Love the haphazard staples on the photos!
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November 21st, 2010, 11:44 AM
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I'll play with the shadows, but the reason I made them so "large" is b/c the elements are on top of the pictures, and I have the distance for the drop shadow on the pictures set at '10', so to be realistic I thought the distance for the element shadows should be bigger. KWIM? Maybe not as much as I have it set, '15', but more than the pictures. I also wanted it more than the text, which is set at '5' so that the elements stand out. Does this make sense to anyone else or am I way off base?

The settings for the ribbon and the photos are 10/0/10.
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November 21st, 2010, 06:44 PM
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I adjusted the shadows some. I also added a "with love" above our names. What do you think? Better?

The brightness of the photos look fine on my monitor, which is calibrated. If I make them any brighter our skin will be blown.



8696a791.jpg picture by ShyGecko - Photobucket
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November 21st, 2010, 07:56 PM
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I think it's cute, and I think it looks better with the smaller shadows on the presents. I would almost lower the opacity a bit on the shadows, too, but I prefer a lighter shadow on my stuff, so that might just be my personal preference.

I think I, personally, would find it more balanced if you did the family photo in the middle, Greyson on the left and cat on the right (as you have it)...so swapping your family photo & Greyson, just because he's kind of situated on the right side of the picture. Does that make any sense at all?

Lovely card, though! I am card impaired, I will probably have to buy one already made.
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November 22nd, 2010, 10:27 AM
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^ Before I read what Sara wrote I was going to suggest the exact same thing...putting the family photo in the center and the other individual pics on the left and right. I like the lighter shadows and brighter photos too and i also like the with love. Good job!!!
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November 22nd, 2010, 02:46 PM
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Okay, I lightened the shadows and swapped the pictures. I agree, it looks much more balanced with our family picture in the middle. What do you think? Any other suggestions? Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I really appreciate it!



9735e845.jpg picture by ShyGecko - Photobucket
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November 22nd, 2010, 02:54 PM
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November 22nd, 2010, 09:31 PM
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I love it! Especially the green ribbon. Great work!
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November 25th, 2010, 08:18 PM
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Very Cute! Great Work
I was thinking of making our X-mas cards "But for the past week I've been getting frustrated with just digi scraping nothing will go right" but my Signatures great get that one?!?
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