Christmas Card Mishap

Before leaving for Quilt Market, my husband and I decided we’d take a little vacation as soon as I returned home.  We knew we’d go somewhere in Colorado – and that got me thinking..

I can get the kids Christmas pictures in real snow!


So I set off to make their Christmas outfits like 2 days before I leave for quilt market.  Maybe I’m not too bright – but  I LOVE the way they turned out.  I used fabric from Figgy Pudding.  And the Art Gallery Nature Elements  (love them) for Haley’s overdress (that is the Feliz pattern again – no ruffles this time.  I imagine you’ll see more pictures of these outfits and more details on them!)  BUT in my haste, I forgot to bring Haley a white shirt.

Pink shirt & cold sore


So we take the pictures anyway and photoshop does the rest.  I am so horrible at photoshop. (btw, I have photoshop elements b/c I can’t afford the real thing.  And mostly I’m happy with it.)  So don’t laugh at me…okay?  Here is what I did.

Step 1: Open Picture in photoshop.  (if you can’t do that…well then there is no hope so just skip to the end.)

Picture 1


Step 2:  Lasso the pink shirt

Picture 4


Step 3: Go to Enhance: Adjust Color : Change Color

Picture 3

Step 4: Select the pink color with they eyedropper.

Picture 4
My understanding is the the fuzziness will include hues around the color you picked. A higher number is a larger spectrum – so I put that up pretty high since I want the shades of pink to be changed.


Step 5: Adjust the lightness

Picture 8
On my Flickr photos  I showed what happens when you mess with hue and saturation. For this picture I didn’t need to adjust that at all. So I just moved the light scale. I did not go all the way to 100% b/c that looked a little too bright to me.

Step 6: Also mask the cold sore.

Picture 9

My poor children get cold sores sometimes. So I used the spot healer brush to dab that away.

And the finished picture…..

White shirt & No sore

It’s not perfect at all. And now that you know the shirt was pink you can see halo effects of the pink around. BUT I think that at first glance it’s close enough that hopefully most people won’t sit there and stare at it. What do you think? (Knowing myself, I’ll probably go back and try to get rid of a bit of that pink glow.)

Are you a photoshop expert?  If so I’d LOVE more tips!

EDITED:  So this is what it should look like when you know what you’re doing.  Thanks Jenny for the help!  You rock!

And the real edit...

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16 Responses to “Christmas Card Mishap”

  1. 1 Marnie November 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    OOOOH Awesome save! The outfits are adorable!

  2. 2 craftapple November 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I’m no expert, but here’s my tip. If you want Photoshop, consider buying an older version on Ebay. I have CS3 that I got for around $150 and it works great for me. I’m sorry, but until I’m making a lot more money, I won’t be spending $900 for the latest and greatest version.

    Nice job on the shirt! And way to go getting your Christmas pictures done! I’m wondering if you could pick up a more natural white like on your tall guy’s shirt or on her tights. Again, no expert here.

    • 3 Melanie November 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks. I’ve thought about getting an old version too. I was also wondering if I softened the edges on my lasso brush?!?!? Would that help with the halo?

  3. 4 SarahB November 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Love the outfits! the picture is great too! I’ve yet to get a nice photo of all 3 of mine happily looking towards the camera. With Photoshop I always have to do some finetuning for edges. The tools just can’t do it automatically, unfortunately. If you like to send it to me I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

  4. 6 Jenny D November 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Hmmm.. I’m no help with Elements (CS4 user here). No layer masks in Elements, right? But I’d be glad to fix it for you as well.

  5. 9 Wendy November 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I think the white is great, but on my old computer, the pink didn’t look bad either, lol. If you’re unhappy with it you could pull one of the colors from the fabric in the underskirt that is darker than the pink shirt and try that. I know what you mean, by wanting it just perfect and everyone in the same outfit, but they are adorable, the outfits are just icing 🙂

  6. 10 LAW November 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    well, well, well…. the final product is great! I am glad you got help. Not that the light pink was bad…it just looked a little fake. I am impressed all the way. If I send you a picture can you make me look 10 lbs lighter? heck. why do just 10?!?! 🙂

    • 11 Melanie November 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      What are you saying? That I suck at photoshop? Yeah, I already knew that! Glad help was offered as well. Now let’s see if i can actually get christmas cards and sent on time.

  7. 12 Melanie November 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    oh yeah, by the way – for those reading the comments – I needed to use a hard brush not a soft brush. Didn’t realize that!

  8. 13 kari November 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I love the outfits! I would have not even been smart enough to go ahead and take the picture with the pink shirt…so there is my knowledge of photoshop! 🙂 The finished picture turned out great.

  9. 14 DJAB November 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Love the picture! I wouldn’t have any clue how to make the changes that you made, so I think you did great! You might even get an early-bird discount someplace if you get the Christmas cards made now ???

  10. 15 Candied Fabrics November 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Don’t you love the blog-o-sphere? How helpful were those gals? – and the finished picture looks lovely! Bravo! note to self, get on the Christmas card picture thing…soon…

  11. 16 Patti November 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Wow…Jenny DOES rock!

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