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Theatre Comique in color

Theatre Comique in color

Here's another photo that I just had to see in color. I believe the original was posted around Nov. 26 (and I've been working on it ever since...or so it seems). I intentionally made the colors bright, vivid and perhaps a bit outlandish but I wanted to make the theatre look like a fun and happy place. There was a lot of detail and I think (I hope) I got most of it. I'm still trying to figure out Photoshop Elements 9 and I learned a lot doing this but still have much more to figure out. View full size.

All PE9, all the time

So glad you liked it! And yes, it was all done with my trusty little Photoshop Elements 9.

Love it!

Great work! I like it so much I made it the wallpaper on my large monitor.

Did you do all of this exclusively in Photoshop Elements 9?

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