June 16, 2011
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Edit Me!
I don’t know about you, but I love Branson’s Edit Me challenge. When I first started Ramblings and Photos, most of my posts were “Before and After” posts using other people’s images. Editing work is so natural and familiar to me, and I love seeing how others interpret an image. 

For this week’s challenge, Keara from Now I know what Life is All About is judging. I decided to use the mouse over effect (described HERE), to show my first step between her original and my Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) adjustment (mouse-over to see ACR).
From that point, I quickly went into clean processing mode starting by straightening then horizon. Then…you’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again…I heart Perfect Portrait 3 by The Coffeeshop Blog! And after today’s Shoot and Edit tutorial…I knew exactly what to do with the Dodge/Burn layer (I already knew, just encouraging you to try it out).
Keara PP3
Here’s where it gets tricky…the past two weeks, I’ve done some pretty extreme things with my creative editing. I almost went that route but I wasn’t feeling it. Instead, I thought I’d share two edits using two of my favorite actions. The first (below) uses a couple of actions in the Summer Days collection by Pure Photoshop Actions. I’ve just started using these in the past week and LOVE THEM! Unfortunately, it was a Facebook freebie…and it seems to have expired. However, a new action set called Just a Pinch has just been released. If you move quickly, it’s being offered at 40% off (discount will appear once it’s been added to your cart).  I’m pretty excited about it.
Keara Summer Days
My final edit uses another of my favorite actions called Desolate (part of the Resolution collection) by My Four Hens. Again, I can’t seem to find the link to this freebie action I got some time ago (I know, I know – I’m such a tease). However, M4H is currently offering an action called Sun and Sand as a freebie if you “like” them on Facebook: click HERE. Anyways, this one might be my favorite…I love the tones.
Keara Desolate
Which one do you like? For more beautiful edits, be sure to check out Branson’s blog. Also, don’t miss out on this week’s giveaway sponsored by Katie Lloyd Photography!
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    So gorgeous – the tons and light you brought in are beautiful

    I think I like your first edit best. The sky is brighter and I like how you made the subjects pop out in it. They are all pretty great though. I always have to wonder how people know when to stop editing! It overwhelms me when I start editing (in gimp – can’t wait to get pse or lr). I never really know when to stop…

    Great edits!!! I remember those “old” days with your blog!! I love your first edit…it is perfect.

    This looks like a fun challenge…might have to try it. :)
    I think I like the last edit best…the creaminess of it.
    Btw- Maybe I am not looking in the right place, but I can’t seem to find the action once I ‘liked’ the page. :(

    Our photos do look similar. However, you were able to do what i was tring so hard to do….save the sky! Do share your tips on how you were able to keep the blue sky and clouds visible? I love your edits!

    as always great edit!
    what I need to know is how to do the mouse overs on my blog for before and afters like you do???

    I love your final edit. Looks great!

    Nice job as always! I think I like the first edit best =)

    Seriously!!!! I have to choose 1 favorite??? I can’t- I pick them all- you are a wizzzz at photoshop lady!!

    Love the vintagey feel you gave the final edit. GREAT job.

    LOVE the last one! It’s the perfect hazy beach day for me!

    Oooohhhhh!!!! I love that last edit!!! And bless your heart for sharing all those action links! :)

    I love that last edit. Very nice. :)

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    You always do such great work and provide us with how-tos! Love the looks!

    All of these are great Ashley, but I think I like your first edit best.

    I LOVE this mouse over effect – thank you for the directions! (Sadly, I am on squarespace and I don’t think it is possible – I’m going to try later with loading photos onto photobucket and then linking – we shall see)

    Hmmm… I like your clean/perfect portrait edit (imagine that), because I like the added contrasty detail that it has over the others.

    Lovely work as always.

    I can’t seem to pick a fave… they’re all good!

    #3! love it.

    i recall your b/a edits…man what a difference a year makes, huh? :)

    Love the soft tones….I think the second one is my favorite….

    i love the 1st edit! beautiful job!

    I love the warmth of your ACR edit. As for a final/creative edit, the Sun and Sand edit is so soft and subtle, LOVE IT! I haven’t even tried that action out yet. Now I definitely will be!

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    Great edit! I love how the first picture goes from the original to the edit when you scroll over it,
    Of course since I am a dork. It took me way to long to realize that.. I thought my screen was acting up changing the colors on me :)

    All these edits are fabulous of course but I think the last one is my fave, gives off a nice warm beachy/afternoon sun sort of feel to it.

    Love your edits! I love the clearness of the first one but I also love the softness of the last one!

    Both edits are absolutely lovely! The first is very fresh, and there is something about the tone in the second that makes it kind of whimsical and nostalgic. I love them both!

    I love the lightness in your last edit – I must go over to FB and get that action quick as I’ve missed that one.

    Ashley! That 3rd picture is STUNNING! I love the 1st one too, but the 3rd is definitely my favorite! I am always so it love with the light and whimsical photos and I have yet to figure out how to do them myself. Thanks so much for playing!

    They’re ALL beautiful edits! I think I would pick the 2nd one… just a really clean edit and I like the lighter colors.