The border was removed and the tears, rips and some minor water damage repaired. The image was enhanced using levels, brightness contrast, and was sharpened slightly.
You can't always believe everything you see. Areas of the original image were selected and the hue and saturation changed to give the appearance that the photo was taken in the Fall.
This is the original image. The photograph was taken at approximately 3 o'clock in the afternoon in mid-July.
The blue backdrop was removed and the wall added using textures. The color was changed to give the appearance of "real" brick and the yellow line added at the top of the wall. The light standard was placed in the background and enhanced slightly.
The black background was replaced with the green texture for the wall of the cafe. A generic window was added and a street scene put into position and blurred slightly. The "No Strings Cafe" name was set, flipped and placed in the window. A wall sconce was added to the wall and "soup" created and dropped into the bowl to complete the scene.
The two characters were selected and separated. The Country Mouse was then flipped to bring the viewers eye into the center. The bottle behind the City Mouse was removed. The farm image and a "city apartment" were placed into the background and a gradient mask applied to blend the two. The counter top was also added.
A video presentation was created for a family vacation DVD. The image for the case was enhanced slightly and a mist added. The type was set and a bevel effect applied. The title was copied, flipped, reversed and a ripple effect added for the reflection. A lens flare was then placed behind the title.
WGN Radio host, John Williams announced a contest, of sorts, to promote his show. I took this as a creative challenge and designed some for him. Although he said, "No Photoshop" I just couldn't resist. The theme I chose was that he had powerful friends so you had better listen. The first was with Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn. The images were borrowed from his page.
The next billboard featured Williams with Tom Brokaw. Again, the images were borrowed from the WGN site.
Clay Jenkinson (aka: Teddy Roosevelt) is a frequent guest of Williams' - both on the air and in live performances. It doesn't get more powerful than a former President.