Made in Photoshop CS, from a photo I took last Spring. I have been spending more time offline lately, trying to put together some calendars as Christmas gifts. I started out with the idea of using the photo for October, but I accidentally discovered this wonderful ghostly effect when I was playing around with the contrast. I then added layers and other filters. I used the Redfield bas-relief filter to give the tree some extra detail, blending that layer with Soft Light and turning the opacity down to around 15 percent. I then sharpened the image slightly to bring out the detail of the branches more.

Original photo taken with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

Please take the time to look at this in full view, as details and color have been lost in the preview size.

- Kathleen -

The card with text on it is shown below:

This is the original photo:


halloween card, happy haunting, holiday card, kathleen emerson, october, roca mia design, weeping willow tree


  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 4 years ago

    Oooooooooooooooo……………….this is eerie and beautiful, all at once!!

  • Thank you so much, Robin!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago


  • Jane Brack
    Jane Brackalmost 4 years ago

    Turned out really cool! Very effective!!

  • JHDesigns
    JHDesignsalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome!!! :)

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    Hi Kathleeen, how very beautiful…oh how I love trees, you took such a wonderful picture…this is so lovely with the blue sky and white clouds showing thru….gorgeous!!!! my friend!! Sherri :):)

  • athex
    athexalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 4 years ago

    Lovely Kathleen. xx

  • Fiery-Fire
    Fiery-Firealmost 4 years ago

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Very cool, Kathleen! A marvellous, moody work!

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandalmost 4 years ago

    I love that.. you start one thing & it turns into another. . . gorgeous!!

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