March 08, 2010
Before & After
I was in the mood to edit this afternoon, so I asked for a challenge… ask and you shall receive! To be honest, I think that the photographer did a fine job with her own edit, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyways. Here is the before and after: 
Overall, this is a pretty clean fix…so I used my typical post-processing steps using PSE7. 
  1. Adjust curve (just a little under-exposed).
  2. Select people, adjust levels to make them pop.
  3. Select background, adjust levels. 
  4. Run Coffeeshop’s Just a Perk – this brightens up the whole image (might be too much for some people, but I like this style).
  5. Crop (using 5×7 ratio) – the window in the background was distracting.
  6. Resize and sharpen for the web.
Until next time,


    Thanks for the step-by-step! I will have to try some of this out myself! Though I wouldn’t know how to install/run an action if my life depended on it. :-)

    this looks way better!

    why have i still not had a chance to get the whole watermark thing figured out…had a crazy busy weekend, but im really looking forward to using it

    thanks again!