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Chris Mengel
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I'm a photographer and budding Photoshop artist.
I'm a photographer and budding Photoshop artist.

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For about the last 7 years, I've been creating custom calendars for the family.  Last year I got into Photoshop - big time.  Joined NAPP, got a Wacom tablet, Kelby Training - the works!  Well, the calendars are one of my favorite annual projects to try out some new Photoshop skills along with some images I've taken over the year.

The highlight for 2013 is 3D!  Thanks to +Corey Barker and all his great tutorials on 3D, I created the works below.  The 2013 is this year's cover image - the emblem and text all in 3D from scratch and then blended with fireworks image.

The "7" is for the month of January as my youngest daughter turned 7 this year (goes by soooo fast!).  This is also custom built from scratch.  A couple a rectangles created the 7 shape.  A "contact sheet" of images is the front surface and extrusion material.  The reflection is done the hard way by duplicating, flipping and rotating the 7.  The background and table top are tips from NAPP-thon - a simple brush set to scatter, some iris blur for bokeh, a rectangle marquee selection copy and flip and there's a table!  Too fun!  Of course 7-year olds need bling, so a touch of a custom flair brush from my trusty copy of Down and Dirty Tricks for Designers and we're done.  She loved it!  So much so, I made a 16x20 poster, and had Mpix print it on metallic paper and put it in a silver frame.  She was excited.

Thanks to all the Photoshop guys and everyone at NAPP for all the great work you do.  My family is THRILLED with this year's calendar!
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Our family has been truly blessed through this wonderful and amazing service.  As we approach the end of the year, please consider a gift to CaringBridge.  Every gift helps - in more ways than we can possibly imagine.
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Happy first day of school!  Quick composite from some images I took this morning.
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