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Before & After - Ramblings and Photos

June 06, 2010
Before & After
This is Elle – doesn’t she have the cutest cheeks ever?! Her mother posted this picture on the photography board I frequent for editing help. I asked if I could save it for later…and right now would be later. It really just needed some processing and brightening because I love the colors that emerge.
dsc0021q before and after
I started this photo in ACR by adjusting the exposure, adding a little fill light, increasing my blacks, increasing my brightness and increasing my contrast. I then opened the photo in PSE7. My steps in PSE7 include:
  • Duplicate the background layer, went to enhance, adjust color, remove color cast. I clicked on the white of her shirt to remove any color that may have been cast on her face (a little too pink although it may still be too pink).
  • Duplicated that layer and went to enhance, adjust color, adjust color for skin tone. I clicked again on the white of her shit to adjust the overall color of the picture. I did this in ACR with the temperature sliders but I often like to double check it here. I adjusted this level to 80% opacity.
  • Merged those layers.
  • I ran Amy McMaster’s Squeaky Clean and adjusted each layer accordingly.
  • Merged those layers.
  • I then ran Coffeeshop’s Baby Powder Room action and adjusted each layer accordingly. I haven’t used this action in a while, but I was lazy and didn’t feel like creating each step manually. It’s important when using this action in particular to paint on each layer using a 25-30% opacity brush and then lowering the opacity of the layer so you’ll see subtle changes.
  • Merged those layers.
  • Finally, (before resizing and sharpening) I used Paint the Moon’s Vanilla Pop action turning the vanilla pop layer down to 70%.
So, what do you think? I know that Salina at Twice as Many Moments also did an edit with a vintage effect for this photo. Check it out!


    Thise eyes are amazing! Nice job saving a gorgeous photo, the colors really are spectacular in the finished product! -Allison

    Wow, what a change. I have no idea what most of that was that you were talking about…I don’t have any fance editing software or anything, but it all sounds good to me!

    LOVE the eyes!

    awesome, those eyes are amazing! i LOVE paint the moon actions. sugar cookies and lemon and honey are my favs. oops, i might overuse them a little ;)
    i have plenty of photos that need fixing if you ever run out :)

    Ashley, after the bump thank you vent, I realized I never checked back to see if you did this edit, I love it! Thank you so much for taking the time!
    Fiona (Elle’s mom).