Merry Christmas Card 2014

Merry Christmas 2014
Merry Christmas 2014 – After Picture
Central Park After Fresh Snow
Central Park After Fresh Snow – Before Picture

Originally this image was posted on KCinAZ in December of 2013, but I was never truly satisfied with how it turned out. I hope you’re not getting tired of seeing it again and again in different stages.  Last year I was still just getting back into Photoshop and was in a learning phase when I posted the first version in December 2013. If you would like to see how the first post processing turnout out here is the link; This time I’m much more pleased with how it turned out.  First, I cropped out the street and set my focus on the building. In Lightroom most of the changes were the usual; increasing light clipping, black clipping, highlights, upped the exposure a little, increased vibrance, sharpened, increased luminance and added a preset vignette. These changes brightened the image up and added depth and color to it.

After working in Lightroom, the image was edited in Photoshop where I took in my creative side to turn the image into my card. There, I made changes to building windows and turned on the lights in the house. Then the street lights and lamp lights near the house were illuminated. Next, the building color was changed so that it was a much brighter red for a holiday card. A little bit of chimney smoke was added. Lastly, thought they are a little hard to see, I added a string of lights to the building eves in green and red plus lights on the lower bushes near the house.

When all as done I was able to upload the new colorful version to SendOutCards and turn it into a Christmas card that was personalized and then mailed by them to all my friends and family.  This week I am submitting this picture to Stacy’s ABFriday Forum.  Take a look now to see what everyone else is up to.


  1. I think the transformation is great especially the hand colouring feel and that the image has been brought alive.

    1. Thanks so much Ben. I had a lot of fun working on it. Brought out the holiday spirit for me.

  2. Wow, I really like what you’ve done here by bringing up the exposure and adding the colors to the house… it is so joyful now. Turning on the lights inside is a nice touch.

    1. Thanks so much Nic for the feedback. I really enjoyed working on the winter cottage this time. This forum has helped me a lot in learning new techniques. Happy Holidays to you.

  3. Hi, Karen. I really like what you have done with the image. The treatment of the lights was a great touch and gives a nice warm feeling to the scene.

    1. Thanks, Robin. Here’s to wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season. Happy New Year, too.

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