I don't have Photoshop. I keep thinking that someday I will make the purchase, but as of yet I must say that I really like using Photoscape and Pixlr, both of which are easy to use and you can find them for free on the internet.
This first photo captured my attention because of the "Cheers" sign, which most people are familiar with and associate with Boston. The second thing that captured my eye was Santa. The day we were there, a crew was stringing the lights around the gigantic Christmas tree.
I used many features on Photoscape. I really played around a lot with this photo.
I cropped, used backlight, saturate, sharpen, vignette and the film effect cross process.
This is the first original photo.
And the second photo, taken from the parking garage as dusk approached on a rainy evening.
I placed the second photo as an object on top of the first photo, made it more opaque, combined them and sharpened and saturated again. I used color curves to add more green and red while getting rid of some of the excess blue. I used backlight and the film effect cross process once more. As of now, I can't really say that I have a technique that I follow. I just experiment as I go along and save quite often in case I overwork something, I can go back to where I was happy with the reusults.
Oh.. and here is the final photo! I like the effect of the windows of the buildings in the Cheers sign.
Time to go to work!! Hope everyone has a happy and creative day!
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