Guess what Santa Claus brought me? A copy of Photoshop Elements 9!
This is a combination of two photos. I first used Topaz Adjust (from PSE) on the Snowman, which is from a photo I took about a week ago. I then used Topaz ReMask with PSE to cut this snowman from the photo. The background is one of the accidental images I captured two nights ago when the parade of lighted vehicles came through the park. After combining the two photos, I imported the new image into Aperture, tweaked the levels and added vibrancy to the blue sign and the reds, and tweaked the red hues a bit more. (I tried some of this in PSE, but find Aperture easier to use for this kind of work.)
Although I have been a Photoshop Elements user since the first version (and actually from a pre-version), I still had version 6 on my Mac. I bought Aperture earlier this year and wanted to know it inside and out before I could reward myself with a new version of Photoshop Elements. Recently, however, I decided to forego the PSE update in order to take advantage of the discounted bundled price for Topaz. (And am SO glad that I did – let’s call that an early Christmas present!) Good thing there is a Santa Claus because now I have everything I need. Guess I better sign up for the 2011 Photowalk!
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday!