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Here’s another movie poster baby announcement we did a few months ago.

And, like usual, here’s a list of the types of things we did in Photoshop to finesse the image:

  • Darkened the background by duplicating the original image layer, setting it to the Multiply blend mode, and painting white into a mask on that layer to specify where to make the background dark.
  • Shifted the skin color.  The exposure was just too yellow in the skin tones, so we created a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer that desaturated the yellow-pink range and shifted it more towards red, and then painted a mask where we wanted that effect to happen, which was just in the skin areas.
  • A little bit of dodging and burning on the skin, to add some more shape.  Iff you look at the forearms, you can see how they’re darker towards the sides, and lighter in the center, more so than in the original.

It’s a pretty cute pose, that we’re amazed they were able to pull off.  (Having a newborn of our own, that would not have been possible for us to do!)

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Here’s a movie poster baby announcement we did recently for the arrival of our 4th child.


Here’s a list of some of the Photoshop
work that was done:

  • Got rid of a slobbery wet spot (that was more noticeable when the blue sweater got brighter) and the beige dog on his sweater with the clone and healing tools.
  • Colored the zipper handle blue to be less distracting.
  • Extended the cabinet top horizontally with the clone tool (being careful to keep the reflections consistent)
  • Cloned out the mommy’s head (as she had to hold the baby up from behind)
  • Rotated the image a bit to get the top of the cabinet to be square on the card.
  • Brightened up the colors a bit, especially the blues.
  • Added text to the book spine

Here’s a post about the baby’s perspective on the photo shoot:
Baby Photo Shoot Details

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Paper Cards or eCards?

There is a question, or a few related questions that have been on our mind since we started this babynounce thing.

Is there a place for something similar to our cards in digital form yet, or is the world not quite ready to view them in that medium only?

On the one hand, there is something to be said about being able to hold a nice-looking card in your hands, and feel the stiffness of the cardstock.  Something hard to describe, but it has the feeling of being substantial.  We see digital images online everyday but there’s no difference between them in print quality or paper quality, so they can all be more equal, but at the same time, none are as likely to feel unique or memorable.

On the other hand, we are in a time of going green, where it seems more wasteful to send out tons of paper cards and envelopes, especially when most people throw cards away shortly after receiving them (not that people throw THESE cards away!).  We are also in an age of Facebook, and having 782 “friends”, and while it doesn’t make financial sense to send out that many paper baby announcements usually, you would like many of your friends to be able to at least see the announcements.

With these things in mind, we’d like to pose the following questions.  If you vote on them, you get to see how everyone else voted too!

And please feel free to leave any thoughts about this in the comments section as well –


Another movie poster design:

Here is some of the work done on this one:

  • Added some lavender coloring to the background.  To get the fades in and out, there’s a solid lavender layer behind the baby image.  The baby image has a layer mask.  In that mask the gradient tool was applied to make a gradient up by the head (which then had to be cleaned up a little with some painting over the head area so the hair wasn’t lavender).  It was applied again at the bottom (with a white-to-transparent mode to add to the other gradient and not destroy it), and then again finessed a bit with a paint brush to not make it an even fade out across the image, and allow the hands to be fully opaque.
  • The shadows in the skin were lightened up a bit, especially in the face.

You can see this and other images slightly larger in our gallery.

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Before & After: Dreamgirl

Here’s a recent movie poster announcement design, with some of the work done below:

  • Lightened the image overall.
  • In the process of lightening, the outfit would have been a similar color to the surrounding fabric, so we let the outfit go more towards white, and loosely painted the background fabric a pinker color (in color blend mode).
  • Because of the amount that things had to be lightened, the skin color needed some adjusting once it was light enough.  We used a HSV adjustment layer to add more yellow, as it was quite pinkish/purple otherwise.
  • The top fadeout is almost just a simple gradient, but it seemed to make sense to keep the head from fading out at the top, so the mask had a gradient first, and then we painted white where the head was to keep it opaque while the surroundings faded out on the sides.
  • The title was fun to work on as well, as there are quite a few layers and effects in there.  The most interesting parts are a gradient from maroon to red to purple, and some white dots to look like stars in a sunset sky.

This one also had a little extra meaning, as the father is a real movie critic!  Congratulations to you both on your new addition!

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