April 07, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 13 – UP…EDIT
Welcome to the 13th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 2. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes (also including previous editing tutorials)

This week’s theme or prompt was to show us one “UP!” SOOC shot (this was just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot). Hopefully you linked up with Jill’s blog earlier this week.

Each Thursday, I will take my SOOC shot and provide some basic editing tips (I will try to keep it basic and work my way up). You can then try these tips on your own photos and link up here – linky will now be open THROUGH SUNDAY. If you’d prefer, can simply share your own edit and show us what you did to achieve the look. We want this challenge to be a learning experience, so feel free to teach us something new too! Also, it does not matter what editing program you use. Although I tend to work within Adobe CS5 (Photoshop), Photoshop Elements and Adobe Camera Raw…it does not mean that you have to use the exact same program. I hope you’ll be able to take the concepts and apply them in the program you feel most comfortable using.

Once again, here is one of my SOOC shots (I’ve decided to focus the edit on one shot):
Sunny Day 1 SOOC RS

Sunny Days EXIF 1
Building on what we’ve learned in the past twelve weeks (Week 1: Edit, Week 2: Edit, Week 3A, Week 3B, Week 4: Edit, Week 5: Edit, Week 6: Edit, Week 7: Edit,  Week 8: Edit, Week 9: Edit, Week 10: Edit, Week 11: Edit and Week 12: Edit) I started this edit in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR):
As I’ve said before, my hope is that at this point in our lessons, you have gotten really comfortable with clean processing in whatever editing program you use (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Picnik, Picassa, etc). As your SOOC shots continue to improve, you’ll need to do less and less processing (unless you enjoy creative editing – I won’t remove that from you because I enjoy editing way too much). 

But today, I want to once again talk about another creative approach in a little more detail: textures. My original intent was to make my very first video tutorial. Well that experience ended up in a flashing screen, so…I’ll have to wait for my old man to provide some technical guidance before I try that one again. However, I did find a tutorial that basically does the exact same thing I was going to do:

Just as this tutorial says, always start with your clean processing steps. For me personally, I run a quick curves adjustment followed by Clean & Easy. I then used textures by two of my favorite texture artists: Kim Klassen (click HERE for Warm Sun used in my edit) and Shadowhouse Creations (click HERE for RT-4 in the Rich Tones texture set). I’ve include my recipe (layers with blending modes and opacities) below if you want to follow it (not necessary):
Texture Layer
Within just a few minutes, my photo is fully texturized. Granted, this may not be your style of editing…and that is completely okay, but it’ll be one more thing to add to your “editing resume.” Perhaps next week, we’ll also include text…hmmm.
IMG_3457 textures RS
So, to recap our lesson, we learned how to apply texture by adjusting our blending modes. If you want to know more about types of blending modes, CLICK HERE. For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past twelve. I also encourage you to give textures a try. 

With that said, here’s a final look at my SOOC and Final image. I hope you found today’s lesson useful. If you have any questions or need more explanation, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sunny Day Compare
I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits!

By the way, today is my sister’s 25th birthday. Happy Birthday Jamie!


    Happy birthday to your sister. Love the texture, it adds more intrest to the shot!

    Love this! I learnt so much from you! I’m gonna give this a go. I’ve had photoshop for years and I can only be using about 10% of what the software programme has to offer!

    Happy Birthday to your Sister!

    Have a blessed day :-D


    Happy Birthday Jamie!!!! and many more.

    Love your edit, Ashley! But also still really, really love your SOOC – two very different photos now and both great!

    A beautiful photo both ways!

    Love your textured clouds!

    Beautiful! I love the texture you added!

    happy birthday to your sister. as always, your edits are so inspiring!

    Very pretty! Happy Birthday to your sister!

    Happy birthday, Jamie!!

    I like the deeper colors and the contrast between the clouds and sky – but I’m thinking (prob cause I’m missing seeing the normal sky) that I like your soocs better. :)

    Great edits! Love the first one!

    I love the “drama” of the in between picture, but the texture also gives it an interesting twist! Very cool!

    I love how gorgeous the sky looks after your first RAW edits. The added texture created an even different look. I like all three, but think the RAW edit is my favorite.

    wow it almost looks like a sky now before a good stor. Great edit.

    Happy Birthday to your sister.

    GAR! I missed out on this awesome edit session! But I lovie love love love your edit! xoxoxox

    Such a beautiful edit! You always seem to teach me something new every time!! Love it! :)

    Happy birthday to your sister!!

    Ok – HOW did you get the sunflare? I tried a bunch of times at the cherry blossoms this weekend to do that, but it didn’t work :-(

    Happy Birthday Jamie! :D

    Love how it turned out. I can not figure the texture thing out… I’m probably using the wrong texture picture… will try again later. :)

    Great tutorial. Very inspirational. :)

    Great tutorial!! Happy Birthday to your sister!

    WOW. The sky looks amazing after the edit. More definition! BEAUTIFUL!

    Nice!! What I wouldn’t give to see some of that sunshine here in Seattle!! Seriously. Great edit. You always do such a good job with textures.

    Great texture edit! Something I need work on because I just love clean edits…lol. Let me know how your video tutorial goes. I’ve always wanted to make one!

    Your sky is stunning!! & so is the edit :)

    The texture worked well but I still love your sooc the best – it’s that beautiful blue that I love in the sooc.

    Happy Birthday to your sister – I hope she has a blessed day :).

    Ashley I wanted to let you know one of the many things that I learned today, really the one that stands out and excites me most, from your post. Ready, in the video I saw you moving the opacity slider without clicking on it but just by moving kind of next to it !!! NEW AND NEWS TO ME !!! So excited to find this shortcut, thanks, only makes me realize how much there is to learn. ;)

    I really like the texture! I will definitely have to try that on one of my photos!

    When used correctly, textures give such a GREAT feeling and realness to a photo. Excellent tutorial. And love your cloud shot. :) Happy birthday to your sister!

    really beautiful Ashley! I like how deep the blue got.

    Holy Macaroni. I love this edit!!!

    I love what you did with the shot and I actually like the texture..

    I never would have thought of adding a texture to a sky shot – your results are amazing – I may have to give it a try.

    I’ve been out of the loop lately! Another Beautiful photograph!!!!! Happy birthday to your sister!!! On my 25th birthday I found out I was pregnant with our first child :)

    Happy birthday to your sister :)

    That is one beautiful sky in it’s own right! The texture you added is neat. I’m still not sure texture is anything I LOVE using, but I really love it in other people’s photos :)

    I love that texture shot. It’s so pretty. :)

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    Totally love how those clouds came out. Gotta say- as someone that is just learning Elements 4 (because that is what I happened to find in my computer- I will upgrade later) :) I find it super confusing compared to easy to use programs like Picnik. I LOVE watching tutorials like that so I can figure the darn thing out- It is such a huge help- thank you!!!

    Good tutorial on using textures. I loved the original sky because it looked so blue and the textured was dark and angry but I got the point of the tutorial. V

    the sky looks amazing!

    What a difference! Love that texture.

    This is kind of random, but I was working on homework, something to Pixar and realized I have no clue what happen to Mr. Flick. Did he go on to another home? I can’t remember. lol

    Yay!! I’m glad you decided to do this tutorial this week. I love the idea of layering textures – it’s something I had never thought about doing, but I really love how it turned out. I’m off to experiment with that some more.. Happy birthday to your sis!

    oooo, I am LUVIN the texture look more and more these days and I am getting excited about learning how to play around with them for the first time! That is a gorgeous sky shot in every editing style too!

    I think your edit is very nice but your SOOC was great to begin with.

    Love the edit on this! Although your SOOC shot is pretty spectacular. Happy birthday to your sister!

    Happy Birthday to your sister! :)

    Thank you for this tutorial – textures are so much fun! Can you believe that before reading this tutorial, I didn’t realize that you could use more than one texture in a photo? haha.

    I like how the clouds look a little dirty.
    Really great tutorial!

    What a marvelous photograph to begin with; the texture really added to your SOOC photograph.

    I have a hard time with textures, but I think I will work with them in the future. Thank you for sharing your settings with us.

    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

    Great tutorial! I enjoyed playing with texture and really like how it changed your photo. :)