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Digital Image Enhancing Experts Transform Visual Quality of Iconic ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!

Digital Image Editing Experts reimagine Wham!'s iconic 'Last Christmas' music video, in glorious 4K.
The look of an undisputed snowball champion

It’s not just the aesthetic of photos which can benefit from a timely modern makeover, care of digital image enhancing experts. There have been many instances where TV programmes of yesterday, old movies and classic music videos have received a remastered digital touch. At the hands of gifted image editing professionals at large in their specific fields. The latest in a long line being none other than Wham!’s instantly recognizable/resolutely seasonal, ‘Last Christmas’.

You know the one.

Where a young George Michael gave someone his heart, but unfortunately shouldn’t have bothered; seeing it was casually discarded by the thankless recipient in under 24 hours.

What’s this got to do with digital image enhancing experts?

Don’t sit/stand there and try telling DT that you’ve never wanted to see the late, great George Michael’s luxurious – if not subtly highlighted and slightly snow-dampened – 80s mullet digitally remastered during any part of the past three decades or so?! Because if you’re currently shaking your own tousled mane, then you’re lying.

For those unperturbed by 80s taste and excess, then you’re in for a visual treat this festive season. Courtesy of the release of a brand new digitally re-jigged version of Wham!’s seminal winter hit, ‘Last Christmas’. What’s that? Did they have a seminal summer hit too? Er, two words. ‘Club’ and ‘Tropicana?!’

George Michael undergoes digital image enhancing, as part of visual remastering of 'Last Christmas' music video.
This year you’ll be lucky to get a set of heated hair curlers, George thought, while masking the pain 12 months on

Why should I care?

Because you have a heart (although technically not the one George was so seemingly benevolent with sometime around Christmas 1983). And/or you’re a child of the 80s. Or a massive fan of any one of the following winter pursuits;

Pop stars actively involved in snowball fights

Jeep Wranglers pulling to a overly dramatic halt in snow near chalets

Soft perms

The popular Swiss ski resort of Saas-Fee

Snatched moments beneath Christmas trees

Annual romantic regrets

Frantic hand waving from 4x4s and ski lifts

The wearing of garish ski wear

Looking forlorn under oversized fur-edged hoods

Andrew Ridgeley setting fire to a Christmas pudding

The most famous Christmas Number 2 record in history, arguably, is afforded digital image restoration treatment.
“Don’t forget, I was in THAT/THIS video too, you know!” quipped fellow 80s mulletmeister, Ridgeley

So what’s the script?

‘Curly-haired young man invites gaggle of close friends (and old flame) to log cabin in ski resort to celebrate Christmas together. Group – which also includes Spandau Ballet bassist, Martin Kemp – decorate Christmas tree as unit. Afterwards they engage in abovementioned snowball histrionics, before curly-haired young man gets a bit maudling over dinner.’

Oh, you mean the script re: digital image enhancing experts revisiting ‘Last Christmas’, don’t you?

Revisited by moving image restoring bods to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the original track (there have been a number of subsequent covers* since 1984, most of which have defied logic), this iconic song and music video combo is definately deserved of such a lavish contemporary makeover in our opinion.

Why is it?

Because everyone – and we mean, EVERYONE – recalls how ‘Last Christmas’ was famously kept off the top of the charts (and the fabled Christmas Number One slot) by an equally memorable track Bob Geldof, Bono and Co. When they took it upon themselves to highlight the plight of Africa’s famine victims in 1984. Which had made for distressing news headlines that year.

'Last Christmas' music video is digitally enhanced to original director, courtesy of 4K visual processes.
Hello, yes. 80s hairstyles called and asked if it could have one of its most bouffant examples back?”

But how does this explain why ‘Last Christmas’ is back in the news ‘This Christmas’ though?

The long-overdue turn of what is, arguably THE best Christmas song ever penned (the Blog Editor’s decision is final here, by the way; no correspondance will be entered into) to grab the headlines, is down to two things. From what we can make out, anyway.

Despite being on EVERY Christmas album compilation and being the unofficial soundtrack to high street Christmas shopping forays for most of our lives to date, it’s now found itself gaining even more seasonal airtime. Thanks to a new movie purportedly inspired by said song.

Yes, that saccharine-sweet holiday rom-com starring Khaleesi from Game of Thrones and Henry Golding, being the first. Which was destined to spectacularly bomb according to cold-hearted filum** critics, yet appears to be doing the box office bizz right now. And which heavily features George’s songs and just so happens to share the name of Wham!’s Yuletide Number 2, non-summer best-seller in its title.

And secondly?

And secondly due to the powers that be (the Wham! ones, for the record, record) deciding that the best way to acknowledge that this Christmas – not last – marks 35 years to the month/year that the track was released, is give the evocative music vid the full 4K razzle dazzle. Which they duly did. With a little help from digital image enhancing experts. One of those responsible being the original director himself, namely Andy Morahan according to sources.

35 years after its original release, Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' music video receives digital enhancement to lend modern levels of picture quality.
To think, in just a decade’s time, East 17 will attempt to steal my ridiculous fur-trimmed hood Christmas thunder, with their chavtastic white examples of the genre

So, how can we tell the difference in the quality of the music video (apart from the fact we’ve just told you its screen sharpness is incredible compared to the earliest interpretation)?

Because like all the very best visual enhancements (think along the lines of digital photo restoration, for example), the devil is in the detail. Clarity, colouration, light, shadows, etc all play a significant part in the core restorative qualities sought out when fine-tuning an image. Be it static, cinematic or in this particular case, music-based.

What does all this actually mean to me?

It actually means that you can enjoy the spectacle that is, ‘Last Christmas’ (the Wham! hit, NOT the movie) through new eyes. Virtually imagining what it would appear like had it been recorded in 2019. Facilitating state-of-the-art digital cameras and quite plausibly recruiting the services of professional Michael, Ridgeley, Pepsi and Shirley dopplegangers wearing 1980s fashions. Such is the levels of celluloid authenticity observed in this 4K reboot. A video dropped and uploaded to Wham’s official YouTube page just this ‘Last Weekend’, and which has already accumulated a staggering 4 million views and counting.

Now That’s What I Call 4K Digital Remastering. Incidentally, is there anything else I need to be aware of?

Yeah. Were you aware that ‘Last Christmas’ isn’t even a Christmas song? If in doubt, when was the last time you noticed Noddy Holder, Santa, a reindeer, Mr Blobby, a children’s choir or Cliff Richard in the video? Exactly. The song is essentially about a failed romance that happened to blossom on December the 25th (otherwise traditionally known in pop(ular) culture as Christmas Day).

Yet ultimately ceased to exist approximately one day later, on December the 26th (typically referred to as Boxing Day). When the ungrateful person who George gave his heart to only 24 hours earlier, decided to give it away.

*(ahem) ‘notably’ from the likes of Euro Dance Pop-peddlers, Cascada, that inanely-grinning, Crazy Frog and our very own ex-X Factor contestant, Olly Murs. Mercifully Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Eat World and Good Charlotte are among the cool musicians who have also afforded ‘Last Christmas’ their unique takes on it too

** the common pronunciation of the word, ‘film’ if you’re of a Lancashire heritage

8 Image Editing Experts Apps from the 80s: How We Photoshopped Before Photoshop

Childhood graphic toys and games allowed future image editing experts platforms to hone their fledgling skills.
Peak 80s image editing experts nostalgia realised as He-Man inhales Etch-a-Sketched goodness

Kids of today don’t realise they’re born. When DT’s team of image editing experts were knee-high to a grasshopper (and wrestling them for exclusive rights to local trees), computers only existed in the science fiction movies we watched at places our parents referred to as picture houses. And these computers were typically the size of small countries and were all called Hal. Although some were covered in lots of lights and keyboards and could strike chords with alien life forms from outter space.

Or ‘out of space’, as the Prodigy later christened it.

Although they weren’t actually all that good (rudimentary means of communicating with little green dudes that is; NOT the Prodigy, who were ace). Because ET had to rely on telekinetic powers to summon his mothership around this same time, if you recall.

But anyway. What we quickly established as would-be image editing experts of tomorrow, was that due to Photoshop not yet having being invented, was this. Should people mess up big time on their photo creation, then there wasn’t a lot that could be done about it. Basically you just had to live with the consequences of being a bit rubbish at taking photos.

How Future Image Editing Experts Removed Background Images in a Land Before Photoshop. ie, the Eighties

But that didn’t necesarily matter some four decades ago. As alternative wand tools had been designed to help us correct/fix other schoolboy/girl errors we’d accidentally made. What we like to fondly remember as the ‘Photoshop of our childhood’. Yet which in reality, was about as futureproof as CorelDraw. And primarily involved weird ink, putty rubbers and pairs of scissors. The sort of scenario which would make your average ‘Blue Peter’ presenter go full scale Tracy Island level berserk.

Beneath we’ve put on our rose-tinted spectacles (Top Gun-styley) and recalled the various methods, techniques, apps – or tools, as we used to refer to them as – and hacks that the next generation of image editing experts had at their/our disposal. Before Adobe was hatched. Providing the images we required editing weren’t that graphically advanced. Or visually impressive/in colour/created on shiny surfaces/manifest in a particular blue ink/were in any way pleasing on the eye.

Basically the options were starting from scratch, or starting from scratch. But as you know, practice is what makes us all perfect at our calling(s) in life. And image editing experts are no exception.

8 Ways to Remove Unwanted Objects, People or Backgrounds from Images in the 1980s

Novelty erasers from image editing experts' schooldays represented one of the few means by which to correct an image.
Anyone else remember the chocolate looking/smelling rubbers??

Eraser.

I know. Hardly cutting edge tech. But we’re talking about the early 1980s, remember. And ways of erasing part of an image you weren’t quite happy with were pretty limited. Hence the eraser being the ‘go to’ piece of kit you reached for once you’d realised you’d made a terrible mistake. And that the stripe across Adam Ant‘s nose was all to cock. This, and other big visual issues of the day were rectified within seconds. Courtesy of some robust wrist action and exhaling of cheeks to remove all circumstantial evidence. Plus rubbers were ace, as they came in all sorts of novelty shapes and smells.

What Smash Hits was made for! Budding image editing experts practised their talents with aplomb back in the 1980s.
Mercifully, our beauty retouching skills have improved post-adolescence

Scribbling Out.

Yup. Promising young photo retouchers didn’t just have erasers at our disposal back in the day, but we had ready access to any amount of biros too. So if you thought that A-ha would look way more macho with the addition of hipster beards (bear in mind the only folk sporting such facial foliage at this time were North Sea trawlermen, suspect-looking folk singers and drivers of Ford Capri‘s who’d let their ‘tache grow out), then a handily-placed biro would instantly transform your Smash Hits poster. You could even imagine Morten with two missing teeth. If you grew tired of looking at his otherwise picture perfect mug.

Tippex handed would-be image editing experts the opportunity to get their creative on, during their school days. Art class-based or elsewhere.
Also useful for writing angsty things on the back of your leather jacket

Tippex.

Now this stuff was black magic in a very small bottle which could transform a bad image before you could say; “I though that was called liquid paper??”

Which it was, incidentally. Forget all about black magic though, as this was the actual embodiment of practising white witchcraft. Simply shake the bottle, unscrew the cap and lo and behold you’d enter a different dimension. An arts n crafts universe. One which comprised of an in-built lid-brush combo which would literally (or rather, graphically) take your cares away. Like the Fraggles promised, yet rarely delivered on.

However Tippex did exactly what it said it did on the bottle. Eradicate ALL errors pre-404. By the swipe of a tiny brush head coated in this unmistakably potent white liquid which removed all traces of an area of any given image you’d ruined, thanks to your distinctly amateur artistic skills. Amazon would have been ALL OVER this concept, if we could reverse engineer image editing experts‘ histories.

Just where is it written that 'cutting out' isn't a valid image editing experts' tool. Albeit an early learning example.
The better the quality of scissors you had at school, the more elaborate your image editing could be. WD40 optional

Scissors.

The darling of the ‘Blue Peter’ world, scissors experienced a huge renaissance in the 1980s. And were widely championed amongst would-be image editing experts of the future as the definitive way in which to fix a substandard compositonal piece. Scissors allowed almost anyone with a basic grasp of cutting out the non-technical platform to rectify a bad image. And reconfigure it, elsewhere. On another screen. Although we prefered to call screens ‘paper’ or ‘canvas’ back in our day.

A day when mice were still defined by four little legs, a twitchy nose, a long tail and a penchant for cheese. And apples were still green and fell from trees, with not a hint of black rollneck. The art was very much in the hands of the beholder, who would carefully craft an alternative vision of their envisaged/sketched/painted masterpiece. By way of cutting out and removing the background they’d ruined and replacing it with one they (hadn’t) made earlier.

More (Well, 8 in Total as You’re Aware) Tools/Tricks Budding Young Photo Retouchers Used to Edit Images At School in the 80s

Even the revered likes of Van Gogh wasn't averse to a bit of image editing. And was known to 'recycle' old paintings, care of some elaborate picture retouching skills.
According to science, there’s a Dutch woman somewhere in this Van Gogh. Well, somewhere MANY layers beneath

Painting Over a Picture.

Listen, if this approach was good enough for Picasso and Van Gogh, then who were we to argue as up-and-coming image editing experts. Yup, if you happened to make a dog’s dinner out of your first (second or seventh) attempt at perfecting the likeness of your favourite pop star or movie idol back in yon day, then your best bet of getting away with it/pulling the wool over other people’s eyes, was to hastily daub some white paint over your entire failed masterpiece, and start over.

Once your one and a half coats of white emulsion had dried and you were good to go.

And while infra-red X-ray technology in recent years has paved the way for art historians to question/expose the poshumous cunning of the revered likes of Pablo and Vinnie, your secrets will remain safe for a very long time. Largely because nobody (not even our families) scrutinised their ‘talented’ offsprings’ early pieces to this extent. Or actually cared.

When inking was everything about correction fluid and nothing about tattoos. Ie, when image editing experts like us attended school.
Think of the bigger picture, yeah?

Ink Erasers.

Say what? As revolutionary at the time as garlic bread was to a famously speechless Peter Kay some years later, ink erasers were invented by a nation widely acknowledged for its sense of humour. A German manufacturer called Pelikan devised the original chemical-based ink eraser in the 1930s. Yet it was never really taken seriously, until 1972. When it was re-introduced to the German psyche as a novelty act, entitled ‘Tintentiger’. Which roughly translated means, ‘ink tiger’. Although it was eventually marketed as Tintinkiller; or ‘ink killer’.

Vanishing writing (or sketched images on paper, as was our thang) was seriously cool. Just as long as you wanted to eradicate part of – or a wholeroyal blue inked image. As that’s because the one flaw in the ink erasing sphere was that it failed to work wonders on any other coloured ink. Blacks turned rust brown, while other variations on blues left a fair bit to be desired. As well as on the canvas you wished to turn blank again. Other than that, the premise was a straightforward one.

Rather than removing the ink from the page, it renders it invisible due to a chemical reaction. Specifically chemical ink erasers broke down the blue ink by disrupting the geometry of the dye molecules in the ink so that light was no longer filtered. The molecules were ‘disrupted’ (that very 2019 word) by sulfite – or hydroxide ions – binding to the central carbon atoms of the dye. Which rendered the ink invisible to the naked eye after application, as opposed to destroying its presence as such.

Nothing suggests future image editing experts more than evidence of Etch-a-Sketch magic.
I know what you’re going to say. EVERYTHING seemed bigger when we were kids, right?

Etch-a-Sketch.

Yeah, now we’re talking. Time to wheel out the 80s image correction big guns. Etch-a-Sketch took our fledgling image editing experts promise shown as a kid to altogether new heights. And also afforded us a glimpse into our future picture manipulation endeavours and moreover, just what we could achieve. Providing of course, said images we wished to correct were angular. VERY angular. Unless that is you were a dab hand at Etch-a-Sketchery and could master the art of curves. Which if you could, would gain you instant hero status among your school friends. And a brief guest slot on ‘Wogan’ if you were very lucky/parents had media connections.

Fast Forward About NOW If You’re a Luddite and Proud

Anyway, here’s the tech bit as to how Etch-a-Sketch actually wove its on-screen magic. The inside of the surface of the glass screen was coated with aluminium powder, which was then removed via moveable stylus. Subsequently leaving a dark line on the light gray screen. In turn the stylus was controlled by two large dials positioned at either side of the screen, which the user/artist would fumble with simultaneously.

The concept being to make diagonal lines if you judged the degrees of tilt accurately enough. Then came the all-important image editing bit. Essentially you’d turn the unit upside down and vigorously shake it. Forcing the polystyrene beads within to ‘smooth out’ and re-coat the inside surface of the screen with the abovementioned aluminum powder.

80s Tech behind Magna Doodle allowed future image editing experts to perfect their picture manipulating skillset.
Taking that whole “My dad’s harder/bigger than your dad” playground taunt to a new dimension. Although in his pants

Magna Doodle.

Chances are, if you remember the Etch-a-Sketch then you won’t have the foggiest what the Magna Doodle was. As it was it’s closest (and only) rival to the childhood image editing crown in the 1980s. But wasn’t anywhere near as cool. Similarily described by its manufacturer as a ‘magnetic drawing toy’, the Magna Doodle also comprised of a drawing board and a magnetic stylus. However it also consisted of a few magnet shapes. The core element was the magnetophoretic display panel. Which was filled with a thick, opaque white liquid containing tiny dark magnetic particles. These particles could be drawn to the drawing surface by a magnet-tipped stylus (or optionally-provided shapes).

Ready For the Science-y bit? Of Course You Are….

Ok. So the middle layer was divided into a honeycomb of cells, keeping the liquid static and the particles evenly distributed across the panel. The liquid was formulated so that the floating particles could be pulled through it in response to the magnetic forces, but not due to gravity. Zzzzzz.

So, did your artistic prowess lead to a future career in the creative industries as ours did? And if so, what image editing practices did you perfect all those years ago? Tell us in the comments below…..

Why Photographers Need Digital Photo Retouching Artists as Much as We Need Them

Professional photographers often approach digital photo retouching artists to visually enhance briefs to satisfy client requests.

It’s true, you know. The ‘you scrub my back, I’ll scrub yours’ (professional) relationships/mentality actively encouraged between lensmasters (photographers) and image editing wizards (digital photo retouching artists) really is a ‘thing’.

As traditional double acts go, the working relationship fostered between professional photographers and equally professional digital photo retouching artists is as important (if not necessarily as lightly entertaining) as those historically forged betwixt the end of pier likes of Cannon & Ball, Laurel & Hardy and Morecambe & Wise.

Being based up here in sunny Lancashire, it’s only right and proper we make references to nearby Blackpool, in case you’re wondering.

Yet we could also wax lyrical about other famous double acts. More overtly musical ones, for example. Such as Michael and Ridgeley, Renée and Renato and the Irimia twins (Gabriela and Monica).

It matters not really. As the point we’re stressing is the importance of the almost intuitive nature of two individuals so in-tune with the vocational needs of t’other. OK. I may be over-egging the Lancashire terminology here, so I best decist so as not to risk alienating our readership of a non-northern demographic.

Regional brogues aside. Just why is it that Digital Photo Retouching Artists and Professional Photographers work hand in glove?

Returning to the very gist of this week’s blog though, and I’m addressing the often overlooked – yet keenly furthered– collaborations noted between the likes of us and them. The ‘us’ referring to digital photo retouching artists. The ‘them’ contingent being the photographers (in the capacity of lens-wielding pros). The latter of whom make it their business to capture blushing brides, snazzy new products, the beautiful people generally and pretty much anything else which they’re booked to do. And which best illustrates their particular portfolio.

The thing is this. Sometimes even a consumately professional/experienced photographer needs a little bit of additional help to create the finished visual article. Either as per their client’s demands, or because they’re pre-empting any questions that may arise shortly after from a client. And it’s us who they turn to when the chips are down, deadlines are to be met and said clients are requiring impressing still further.

But just how did it arrive at this, you may ask?

Which you did, in the above line. So let us explain a hypothetical situation or two.

All manner of issues might have arisen somewhere between the photographer clicking away on the day, and the emergence of the compositional piece de la resistance. Such as bad lighting, shadows cast, wind blowing, etc. To name but a few unwelcome attentions mischieviously triggered by Mother Nature herself from time to time. Any of which could result in advanced level histrionics across all parties.

Thankfully digital photo retouching artists are equipped with the neccesary tools/skilsets/experience to correct these more natural – yet wholly unplanned – interventions. Divine, or not so. And set about redressing the balance.

And most importantly, ensuring that the photographer’s client gets what they’re expecting to see.

Which in turn means our client (the photographer themselves) is also cock-a-hoop. And their client – the third party to us, in this creative platform-sharing/skill cross-fertalisational conundrum – is none the wiser as to the ways and means. Unless of course the photographer wishes to describe the entire journey to them. That’s their perogative.

Because let’s face it. The end product is ALL that matters. ‘Journeys’ are something X Factor contestants go on. And providing it looks the part, then the bits inbetween are largely immaterial.

So why does a photographer need to enlist the services of a digital photo retouching artist?

You mean, aside from what I’ve summarised in the above paragraph?

Well, they don’t always. As some professional photographers are relatively adept at image editing themselves, and may well have some form of background in it. However most don’t, and rely on digital photo retouching artists like ourselves to work with them at various times. Especially if the retouching necessitated amounts to more than merely simple visual ammendments. These unscheduled revisions can use up a significant timeframe, so as to complete to a client’s more exacting brief.

As far as many photographers are concerned, the more time spent on Photoshop, the less time they can dedicate to being out in the field, so to speak. And focusing on what they do best. Which is of course, capturing that often elusive money shot. The National Geographic-esque, career-defining moment they’ve long dreamed of. Or alternatively, an awesome shot of a bride and groom on their big day, in the guise of wedding photographers. And everything else in between.

Also time is money. Why dedicate extra curricular hours to tweaking photographic details while compromising your 9 – 5? Not when you can approach/brief digital photo retouching artists to weave the additional aesthetic magic. Or iron out the creases in a party dress, courtesy of the virtual image editing tools we’re rather good at plundering as a key part and parcel of our typical working remit.

Can’t photographers muddle through image editing themselves, though?

Some can. Hypothetically.

And should they possess some rudimentary online image manipualtion skills, as I touched on above. And if they have a spare decade to master the art of what we do for a living, then yes. More than likely in the long run.

But back in the real world time is money. And our core experiences and attributes – while widely acknowledged and respected by both camps – aren’t as easily interchangeable as the casual observer might like to think they are. Hence why digital photo retouching exists as a standalone industry, obvs.

In the guise of experienced and established digital photo retouching artists, we will achieve a whole new degree of sharpness, colour adjustment and quality; and routinely rifle through a whole compendium/back catalogue of other tricks, unique and indicative of our specific trade. So as to ultimately offer a seamless link in the process that begins with a photographer’s shutter speeds and ends in a digital photo retouching artist’s image enhancing fettling.

I’ll tell you what digital photo retouching artists do for photographers….

That was your very next question, right?

Covering everything from object, people and background removal work through to skin tone and red eye-correction, as digital photo retouching artists we are extremely useful at improving the seemingly – and hitherto – unimprovable. Identifying the otherwise most infinitesimal of visual detailing which could, effectively, make of break the deal/bond between a professional photographer and their client. And by default affording a photographer a different retouching perspective on something that they themselves might never have otherwise considered or observed was awry in an original piece.

Yes, we’re THAT accomplished.

You see there’s no doubting a photographers’ ability to compose and manipulate a scene. Nobody can get anywhere close to having their ‘eye for a shot’. Not just seeing it, but sensing it. Before the image presents itself to us mere mortals.

Trust us.

We’ve collaborated with some of the best in the business.

Yet they are not, by their own admission, beauty, wedding or product retouchers. Not to our same standards. Which is a very specialised set of skills that even Liam Neeson doesn’t possess to the best of our knowledge. Which goes a long way in explaining why digital photo retouching artists habitually strike up mutually beneficial associations and work at engendering the kind of business relationships which pay dividends to both parties in the long run.

Digital Photo Retouching Artists and Photographers need an almost intuitive understanding of one another. And where each is coming from. Like a sixth sense (but NOT the Haley Joel Osment type)

The way we see it is like this.

Digital photo retouching artists should always compliment the work of a photographer. Enhance it. Not detract from it. But work with it and pictorially embellish what already exists within the very fabric of the original image. For our part, and to do what we do as digital photo retouching artists, we must always bring four core ingredients to the table if we’re to compliment the photographer’s work. An eye for (and understanding of) art, a natural feel for compositonal values and an enlightened grasp of what factors underpin visual art. Oh, and an appreciation/knowledge of the rudiments of photography.

If we’re going to be instructed by our photographer clients as to how they wish us to graphically elaborate on what they’ve already created, then we certainly need to be up to speed with regards to how they see the world, visually.

Personalised Family Pet Christmas Card Design

Get Personal with your Family Pet Christmas Card Design this season, by using a Digital Photo Retouching Business to deliver the professionally Photoshopped goods.

Personalised Family Pet Christmas Card Design, eh?

There’s no use denying their existence. We’ve all seen them and can never unsee the horrific ones, more’s the pity.

You know exactly what we’re talking about.

Persian cats draped in tinsel/Christmas fairy lights. Lurchers made to don pretend reindeer antlers because their owners think it looks vaguely amusing. Which of course it does*. For precisely 10 seconds. Or until you’ve observed your tenth example of the genre that Christmas. That’s when the novelty factor starts to wear thin.

But it needn’t be like this.

This same old story with all the surprise elements of the traditional nativity play. Or entertainment values personified by your typical pantomime.

No. If you really, REALLY wish to immortalise your pet within an overtly festive theme-ology then why not afford them a bit more class and individuality (not to mention, dignity) this year. Courtesy of our personalised family pet Christmas card design. Trust us when we say that turning to a professional digital photo retouching company to do the honours will make your beloved pet’s year.

Bark Humbug. A Personalised Family Pet Christmas Card Design Could Be a Thing of Untold Joy This Year!

Rather than hand over a photo of your precious pooch to one of those (gulp/deep intake of breath) personalised greetings cards companies to superimpose them beneath the predictable santa hat or worse still; give them to us to REALLY personalise. God forbid, anything to save them from being reimagined as eight lords a leaping and/or the seven swans a swimming. And whatever else they get up to annually. i.e, to bring INDIVIDUALITY to the offering this season of goodwill. As opposed to adopting a more festive sheep mentality.

As in following the crowd.

We’re not advocating having your pet sheep captured for posterity against a decidely Yuletide-y backdrop. Although if that’s your sort of thing, then we’re happy to oblige all the same. And your confidentiality is assured.

Surely to goodness picturing your cat or dog looking au naturel in a less contrived surround/background would appeal to you more than randomly picturing them clad in the sort of paper hat you discover in a cheap Christmas cracker. Projecting a look of disdain only a few degrees of seperation away from full ‘kill mode’.

Have Yourselves a Yappy Christmas

Well if so, then get in touch with us right now.

And if nothing else we can save your pet the ignomy of being made to appear like a slightly pathetic (and crestfallen) interpretation of ‘The Snowdog’ on your personalised family pet Christmas card design this year.

We can create just about ANY personalised family pet Christmas card design you envisage, irrespective of genre. With genres available to you being, well, pretty much anything and everything (within reason/taste/decency/legal obligations). From comedic to cute and from classic to corny, we can picture your dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, gerbil, tortoise, horse or even pet fish in an array of different seasonal scenarios.

I’m sure those trendy primary schools have kids dressed as a Christmas haddock in the school nativity play these days.

Providing you email us a good quality digital photograph of your furry or scale-y best (animal) friend to work with, together with a rough idea of what backdrop you want them to feature prominently in. And then we’ll set to work on crafting a unique, memorable (and let’s face it, probably vaguely amusing) personalised family pet Christmas card design for you.

You’re (Dog) Walking in the Air. Well, You Could Be If That’s How You Fancy Portraying Yourself and Your Canine Friend During the Festivities

It could be that your pet will be visualized acting the part of themselves; or conversely portraying an instantly recognizable festive character lifted from the worlds of fiction, history, fairy tales or popular culture.

The sky really is the limit in terms of what you wish you personalised family pet Christmas card design to look like. And if you’re a bit sketchy on Yuletide concepts but desperate to send your family and friends a bespoke Xmas card from you and Rover/Tiddles this December, then let us make some suggestions. It’s all part of the service.

Like we said, the only thing you need bother yourself with is supplying a decent quality snap of your furry friend and we can see to the rest.

*or a bit like Santa’s Little Helper offa ‘The Simpsons’.

**and which means we’re MORE than happy to professionally superimpose/sensitively Photoshop said reindeer antlers onto the top of your Golden Retriever’s head, if that’s your brief

Everything’s Gonna Be All White This Christmas: As We Are Amazon Photo Background Removal Experts

Amazon white backdrops are our digital photo background removal speciality.

Last Christmas, we gave you our art. But the very next day you gave it away (admittedly, to your customers). The product you specialise in, that is. The one we worked on religiously for you in the guise of digital photo background removal experts. And as you’d briefed us to do.

Yup. We’re talking about the image which you asked us to remove the non-plain white background on, so as to adhere to the well-documented Amazon guidelines. Because that’s what companies who sell their products through Amazon have a habit of doing. Another recurrent habit many of them subscribe to, is approaching professional digital photo background removal experts like Digital Touch. Especially right now.

Did you know?

Fact: Did you know that in the run-up to Christmas we tend to receive an overwhelming raft of enquiries from business clients who are looking to advertise their wares on Amazon? In recent years the online retailing behemoth has experienced a significant increase in turnover in terms of customers both buying and selling products in the guise of Christmas gifts. Via its hugely successful ecommerce platform. Which has had a subsequently profound knock-on effect for digital photo background removal experts across the board.

Your White Christmas, All Wrapped Up

And the reason businesses approach us in their droves here and now is simple.

White space.

Acres of the stuff. They’re after it, knowing that we can deliver it. Whenever and wherever they instruct us to.

Annually meteorologists struggle to guarantee us the prospect of a white Christmas. Despite ready access to a wealth of cutting-edge, weather-orientated mainframe computer programming models and algorithms at their disposal. DT on the other hand can confidently predict our Amazon-using business client’s seasonally adjusted backgrounds will be whiter than white again this year.

Just as they were Last Christmas. And the ones before that.

Don’t fret. We’re not about to channel our inner Wham! again. You’re safe to read on.

Facts Not Fiction

Would you like another couple of facts, as we’re feeling generous on the fact front today. Well if so, here’s a few fascinating Amazon-themed examples for you.

Were you aware that each month a staggering 197 million people globally facilitate their devices and visit Amazon? A mind-blowing figure which equates to more than the entire population of Russia.

Or that Amazon sells some 12 million products and counting?

Or that Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world generating a brain-melting $232.9 billion in revenue in 2018 alone?

And how about this one.

A whopping 95 million people around the world are now Amazon Prime members. 95 million.

Just think about that.

But not for long, because as someone who makes it their business to sell on Amazon, the bigger picture is that you are able to tap into this incredible virtual network of dedicated Christmas shoppers searching for your product as one of their gifts for loved ones. That’s what you should REALLY be thinking about when reading this.

That, and the consideration that there’s nothing stopping you having a slice of this ecommerce action yourself. Well, apart from the underlying fact that you’re not currently advertising your product on a box-fresh plain white background, as stipulated by that nice Mr Bezos. Who only really lays down the law when preaching his strictly white background ethos.

All of which reminds you as to where DT comes into play.

With Amazon picking up 1,029,528 new sellers this year (according to reputable media sources), chances are you might number one of these folk keen to expand your business still further. And therefore you’ll probably require our much sought-after/professionally-honed attributes as digital photo background removal experts to launch you into the major league.

Of course, not everyone chooses to use an established image editing company with 20 years experience under their belts and more positive Trustpilot reviews than most have enjoyed hot dinners in that time. Choose us that is, to address the previously mused white background issue which needs resolving ASAP. So you too can jump aboard the Amazon Express/gravy train.

You may instead opt to go it alone. And try to work out how to master background removals in the next few days. Alongside all the other far-reaching technical rules and regs Amazon insist that sellers abide by from the outset. And if you believe for one minute that you can grasp digital photo background removal practices in that short space of time, then with respect, the finished results risk leaving a little/lot to be, how can we politely phrase this; desired.

From sizing individual images, framing, file formatting, electing colour modes for them and generally following a very strict code of practice demanded by Amazon, time is most definately not on your side. It’s never really on ours for that matter either, as our services are very much in demand. But because we’re so good at what we do*, briefs such as this come as second nature to us. So our turnaround time for business clients’ requests is typically nothing short of super fast. Yet never compromising on high quality visual work, obviously.

Allow DT to provide blanket Amazon coverage as your digital photo background removal experts this Christmas

You see, there’s much more of a skill to this white space-creating than perhaps first meets the eye to those unfamiliar with the illustrative script. Faux pas committed by the uninitiated are commonplace and unfortunately can have a negative affect on a potential customer’s would-be journey to their website. Aesthetic appeal is still very much key, even on a white background. Take for instance sellers who juxtapose their product isolated in an absolute sea of white, as they haven’t quite appreciated the need to balance the compositional appeal.

Paying more than just lip service to the edges of your photos is markedly important. You want to fill the frame, yet avoid cutting off the subject of your image. Which can easily happen. And then there’s lighting, shadows, shade, reflections, hues, saturations and a multitude of other equally pivotal concerns which should only be ignored at the seller’s peril. And if they’re not wanting to compete with their nearest rivals for their market share.

Tis the season of Good Will Ferrell to all men and women at Amazon. Providing the image is depicted on a white background.

Don’t Let Your product Be Left On The Elf This Christmas

Thankfully these are amongst the core elements that Digital Touch turn our exacting eyes to, and have done for Christmasses past, present and that other one you often hear about around about now. To save you both the time and trouble of attempting to work out all the intricacies for yourself. When your business has already got a million and one other things to otherwise prioritise in the run-up to Christmas.

So don’t take a chance and ‘wing it’ when it comes to digital photo background removal this Christmas. Or be ill-advisedly swayed by any amount of online video tutorials which profess to show you how ‘easy’ the task is, via supposedly foolproof step-by-step instruction. Not when you can easily get in touch with digital photo background removal experts with our reputation, in the time it takes you to log into your YouTube account.

This way you can keep everyone happy this Christmas. Your customers, your family (given the time it would take you to learn the basics of DIY background removal), Mr Bezos.

But most importantly, your customers. Those millions of buyers out there in AmazonLand looking to purchase what you’re selling. Just as long as you’ve presented it on a lovely white background, capturing it in its best light and engaging with its full potential.

Put it this way, we’ll remain on your Christmas card list for years to come you’ll be so chuffed with our work.

*digital photo background removal services

Let us Create a Corporate Christmas Card Design for You!

As a Digital Photo Retouching Company we offer a Corporate Christmas Card Design Service.

Calling all businesses! Have you never imagined how a professional photo retouching company could transform your festive image by way of having them (for ‘them’ read ‘us’) create a corporate Christmas card design for you?

Well if not, now’s the time to think again.

You know the script.

All year round you’ve had to keep a corporate lid on your excited inner child in the name of keeping up business appearances. Towing the LinkedIn line and generally projecting the sort of commercial image and ethos which keeps you one step ahead of the corporate competition. In whatever sector you choose to successfully go about your business.

However Christmas is now on the distant/hopefully snowy horizon. And that means everyone is entitled to relax a little and reconnect with their more playful side. And yes. That includes all you corporate movers and shakers and captains of industry out there.

C’mon now. Do we REALLY have to remind you of the tale of Scrooge and a Christmas Carol?

We thought not.

Christmas is the one time of year we can all afford to let our (collective) hair down and look forward to partying like it’s 1999. Again. Bearing in mind we’ve got to fast forward 20 years, obviously. ‘Partying’ and not ‘parting’ too, just to clarify.

And of course one of the most tried and tested ways of spreading a bit of festive cheer and goodwill towards all men, women and most importantly at this time of year, clients; is to send them a corporate Christmas card design.

But not just ANY Yuletide-themed stationary offering, but rather a personalised company Christmas card.

Or as we’re keen to refer to it as hereabouts, a corporate Christmas card design. The type that will resonate with your clients and make even the hardest-nosed business types a bit squidgy on the insides.

Perhaps make them chuckle to themselves. Maybe trigger the shedding of a seasonal tear if the subject matter is heartfelt and not humourous.

Whether the recipient laughs, cries, is shocked or simply smiles and senses a warm, fuzzy feeling growing inside of them, eliciting an emotion from someone you’ve conducted business with this past 12 months is what it’s all about come this time of year. And what better way to achieve this very human notion (and subsequent deed), than to create a bespoke corporate Christmas card design.

One that will strike a chord when opened by your client and remind everyone else of what Noddy Holder steadfastly reminds us to this very day. That “It’s Christmas!!”

OK. That’s what you want to happen. But what you DON’T want to happen is this.

What you don’t want to do/happen/transpire however is to venture down the predictable route. And opt for one of numerous animal name-inspired personalised greetings card websites who make a seasonal habit of trying to tempt the unwary into parting company with their hard earned in exchange for a glossy uploaded Christmas card depicting the management team looking altogether sheepish beneath a collection of superimposed santa hats.

Nobody wants or needs that in their lives.

Yes pigeons and pigs, we’re looking at you. There’s no escaping the fact that some of these concepts are more awkward than the direct aftermath of the office Christmas party.

Instead you need to be thinking outside of the box.

And of companies who imagine and craft something a little more, well, personal to you. An individual corporate Christmas card design which captures the zeitgist of the message you want to promote this year. And one that is, (photo) graphically, as far removed from the HR department dressed as elves as can be. Unless that is, your brief instructs us to create just that image. And if so, then that’s perfectly fine by us. As the client is ALWAYS right.

And yes. We will imagine you with reindeer antlers atop your head (maybe a teensy bit reluctantly), if that’s what you brief us to do.

Corporate Christmas Card Designs needn't be predictable and boring. Instead use a Digital Photo Retouching Service to Create Something Memorable.

Anyway. Here’s what else we can do for you.

Being past masters (but as well as Christmasses bygone, we’re resolutely present and future-focused) of corporate Christmas card design we are very adept at picturing management and employees in all manner of seasonally-adjusted scenarios. Which can then be transferred onto a Christmas card and posted out to the ones you’ve loved reaching out to during 2019.

Themes can be anything you desire them to be. From witty, zany and (tastefully) religious through to traditional, creative or thought-provoking.

And we don’t just remove backgrounds and imagine staff on new/alternative snow-encrusted ones either. We’re equally at home manifesting more illustratively-led visuals to cards, where ‘Beryl from accounts’ doesn’t even get a photographic look in, if that’s what you want.

Take a recent corporate Christmas card design request for example. When one client asked us to photographically superimpose a Christmas tree in front of a frozen lake. Think very Nordic/Northern Lights-esque. Which turned out incredibly arty/moody, as you might imagine it would.

That’s correct. We’ll do (almost) anything for the love of a corporate Christmas card design. But we won’t do that (plural)

Basically, whatever you want us to do, we’ll do for you.

The only difference being, our photographic interpretations of your ideal/envisaged corporate christmas card design will be absolutely flawless. As we’re not in the business of creating a job lot of pseudo-Christmas card templates. But we ARE in the business of seamlessly juxtapositioning an image of you (and/or your employees) within any festively appropriate scene you see fit. Providing it’s not something that demands PG certification, nor perceived as blasphemous in any way.

It’s fair to say that pretty much anything nativity-based is probably off limits on the grounds of decency. Same rule applies if in your mind’s eye you see four of your best precision engineers dressed in oversized white parkas and recreating East 17’s iconic ‘Stay Another Day’ Christmas Number 1 music video from approximately 1994.

Only joking.

However if you request that we photographically drop key members of the company’s bid team into the video for ‘Christmas in Blobbyland’ by Mr Blobby, then the odds are we’ll draw the line roughly about there.

All we want this Christmas is you. Well, your photographic likeness

Not in person, we hasten to add. But in photographic form. So that we can then sprinkle our very own digital image retouching fairy dust over Derek the lab technician and set about placing him in a still frame from the movie, ‘Love, Actually’*.

So what are you waiting for?

Get in touch with us and let us know how we can help you create a corporate Christmas card design for your business which will leave a lasting impression on your clients. Unshakeable, if it centres around Malcolm from the buying team being reimagined as a be-permed David Essex in a ‘Winter’s Tale’.

*other Christmas movies and/or pop videos are acceptable