April 08, 2010
Before & After
Meet Allie. After drooling over a few of her mother’s macro shots recently, it seems only appropriate that she gives me a couple of shots to edit. Furthermore, I know that dandelions are technically weeds, but Allie really knows how to work them.
With this first one, although I know she didn’t mean to tilt the photo…I think it works. 
  1. However, I did want to adjust the composition and push Allie to the far left (this required a little eye dropper/paint bucket/healing action to fill in the new space created on the right). 
  2. From there, I used Coffeeshop’s Baby Powder Room to clean up her face and lighten her complexion. 
  3. I used Pioneer Woman’s Bring Out the Eyes action and then dodged the center of the eye to lighten the brown a little bit (and further bring out her eyes).
  4. I then merged the layers and created two copies of the background layer. With the first layer, I applied a gaussian blur (4.8) and set it to soft light (lowered the opacity). With the second layer, I masked her face and set it to screen (again, lowered the opacity). 
If you’ve read this far, here are a couple of keyboard short cuts for you: 
  • Merge all layers – Press Ctrl, Shift and E
  • Undo last revision – Press Ctrl Z
Just for fun, I thought I’d share the other shot she sent over – cutest face ever! I basically used the same steps with the addition of a much closer crop. 


    great job! I tried to edit the first one a little- I love how you did it! I am getting into editing and really want to learn more. Your blogs and explanations help so much! Thank you for taking the time to post these!! Now I’m off to Pioneer Woman’s blog to pick up some actions!