This tutorial shows you how to turn a boring, ordinary photo of a deer into a Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer image for your holiday greeting page or electronic postcards. PhotoImpact 5.0's new Lighting Gallery effects, combined with Style filters and Magic Lighting, create the drama and turn day into night.

Holiday Edge Frame Gallery effect

With the deer image open in the work space, open the EasyPalette's Lighting Gallery and click on Lens Flare. Right click on Lens Flare 1 and choose "Modify Properties & Apply."

When the dialog box opens, you'll see that the starburst is way over on the left side of the Preview window. Drag it over and center it exactly in the middle of the deer's nose.

From the Basic tab, enter the values shown at left. You won't need to do anything with the Key frame controls, you will only be editing Intensity and Light color. Click in the Light color box and select dark red, RGB=68, 109, 140.

Click on the Advanced tab and enter a value of 0 for Extra Strength. Click OK to apply the effect.

Lens Flare Parameters

As you can see in the reduced-size image at left, the Lens Flare filter creates a red nose with a "glow" around it for Rudolph.

red nose added

From the Lighting Gallery, click on Light Bulb. Right click on Light Bulb #4 and select "Modify Properties & Apply." When the dialog box opens, from the Basic tab, enter the values shown above. Click in the color box and select a gray-blue color, RGB=68, 109, 140. From the Advanced tab, enter a value of 3 for Spread Angle.

Lighting Gallery Parameters

The soft, yellow spotlight you started with is now a blue star with 12 spikes. Drag it up and to the left, so that it looks like a star peeping through the trees.

blue star added

Very quickly, Rudolph's bland daytime scenery has turned into a nightscape.  In fact, it's a bit too dark now.

To brighten and highlight the image, choose Effect, Magic, Light. When the Light dialog box opens, select the thumbnail on the left in the bottom row. Don't click OK, because we're going to edit the Light settings. Click on the Options button to get the dialog box shown at left.

Magic Light Parameters

Enter the values shown above. Be sure to click in the Light Brightness color box to select white for the light color.

In the left preview window of the Light box you'll see blue and green square control points. By default the green control point, which controls the direction of the light, is in the 7:00 o'clock position. Drag it over to the 5:00 o'clock position. Then click OK.

At left is a reduced-size image showing the results of the Magic Light effect.  Magic Light is a wonderful way to perk up any photo that is too dark or murky, like pictures that you take indoors at sporting or theatrical events. For really dark images, you can apply Magic Light twice, if necessary, using either same or different colors.

Magic Light applied

Although the Light brightened up the image and restored detail, the colors in the face are too red and the entire image needs more contrast.

Choose Format, Style to open the Style dialog box. Click on the Sculpture tab and select Bronze. Click OK.

The Style filter brings out Rudolph's dark eyes and adds a deep, midnight blue mood to the photo.

Because of the darkening effect of the Style filter, we need to tweak the image with one last Lighting Gallery effect.

Style Filter applied

From Lighting Gallery, select Spot Light. Right click on Spot Light 1 and choose "Modify Properties & Apply." When the dialog box opens, from the Basic tab enter the values shown at left. Click in the Color box and select gray-blue, RGB=68, 109, 140.

Spot Light effect

Leave the Advanced tab settings as they are.

This Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer image would make a fun holiday greeting for your home page, a nice addition to electronic postcard offerings or even an animated snowglobe.

The Edge Frame Gallery has some striking effects. Try this Christmas-themed frame, or another type of frame, to add a special touch to Rudolph!

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