August 18, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 32 – Bright and Colorful…EDIT
Welcome to the 32nd 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 “Bright and Colorful” 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 a simple/basic or advanced Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or Lightroom tutorial. You can then try my tutorial on your own photos and link up here – linky will now open EARLY on Thursdays and 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, Adobe Camera Raw and now Lightroom…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.

Today’s “lesson” is less about processing (because you guys are doing an incredible job with your post-processing), and more about presentation…specifically on your blog. Here’s my SOOC again:
Much like last week, I started in Lightroom (I seriously love this program). I continue to find more and more free presets (in addition to the favorites that my friends are sharing with me). You can certainly process your photos manually, but I find that presets really simply the process. This week, I used SEIM Super Hero 2 (part of the SEIM Power Workflow  set) followed by Blue/Red Cross which is part of the SM Classic Collection (I don’t have a link for this one). Here’s the before and after:
LR Before and After My screenshots in Lightroom always seem a bit fuzzy, so here’s my Lightroom edit again (below) – nice and clean. I then brought the photo over to Photoshop and made a couple of mild adjustments: levels, brightness/contrast and applying my favorite high pass filter.
IMG_6657 LR Edit RS 
A couple of weeks ago, “Bright” was one of my Scavenger Hunt Sunday prompts. You may or may not recall, that I used a colorbar color palette technique  (designed by the Coffeeshop Blog) to present my image. While you can certainly build your own template, it’s much easier to use the one designed by Rita – click HERE.
IMG_6657 Color Blocks Once you open the .psd file (either horizontal or vertical) copy and paste your image into the largest clipping mask. You’ll then click on each of the other layers (you’ll see a color space) and use the eye dropper tool to select a color in your image.You’ll select a new color for each clipping mask.

When you’re done, you may find that you love the color combination so much that you design your blog around those colors…or maybe that you’d like to design a room in your house around those colors…the possibilities are endless. Or, you just resize, sharpen and post to your blog.
Pick a Color 
Another option for presentation is to take a vertical shot and add a color block to the right or left of the image as you see below. If you like an action, the Coffeeshop Blog has one called Web Color Block It. I actually prefer to create mine manually. Here’s a couple of approaches:
  1. Be sure you’ve flattened your image. Go to Image>Canvas Size>Click the LEFT or RIGHT arrow so that your image moves to one side or another, and add additional width. 
  2. Or you can use the lazy approach…pull up a horizontal image. Create a color fill layer on top of the horizontal image – fill with white, for now. Copy and paste your vertical shot on top of the color fill layer (you’re just using the pre-determined size). Use your eye dropper to select a color from your shot. Fill the color fill layer with that color.
Canvas Size
Did that make any sense at all? Either way, here’s what that looks like (below)…a little more simple than the previous approach.
IMG_6657 Color BlockSo, to recap our lesson, today we discussed a couple ways to present your images.  Here’s a final look at my SOOC shots (top layer), Lightroom edits (middle layer) and final Photoshop edit (bottom layer).
IMG_6657 CompareFor your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 31 weeks as well as apply today’s lesson or share something you’ve learned recently. I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits. Next week’s theme is “Shadows” Have a great Thursday!

Good to WOW
By the way, don’t forget to add your edited photo to our good to WOW {EDIT} Flickr Group (for those of you that prefer to upload and visit that way). When adding your photos to the group pool, be sure to include the Week #, the Theme and EDIT in the description section. You may upload one photo per week. I also want to point out that we are all here to improve our editing skills. When offering constructive criticism (either on Flickr or within blog comment sections), be sure to point out at least one thing you really like about the edit before offering any advice for improvement.


    great tips! I love that first coffee shop template thingie. I have yet to try it though!

    ok, so i’m sorry if you’ve answered this a ka-jillion times, but why does one use lightroom in addition to CS5? i’m debating a trial…

    Great result, great processing.

    i opened the same template and then never used it…now i wish i would have kpet it! great job!

    Ashley, I was looking so forward to seeing what you did with this, and as always, your work is amazing! It looks like a painting on canvas, and it’s beautiful. Thank you also for the great color block tutorial. I always wondered how folks do that.
    So nicely done!!!
    Have a great day!

    just a little tidbit, Ashley, it seems like when i’m editing in Lightroom, the photo may look a bit noisy or rough or i’m not sure what the right words are, and sometimes i get concerned. but, once i export the photo, it always looks clean and smooth. not sure what that’s all about, but there you go. love your edit here and the color palette idea!

    i too was excited to see how you would edit this. GORGEOUS! once you truly learn LR you will see you can get the same results without exporting into CS5. :-D

    XOXO Jill

    Wonderful edits Ashley. Thanks for sharing. I love the one with the color bar.

    This is beautiful. Great tips and I need to read though it again.Thanks

    Nice tutorial and your edits look great.

    I hate to admit it but ive never done any photoshop with any of my images. Id love to learn though and fool around with it. Richard from Amish Stories.

    You know me, bright and colorful doesn’t quite fit into my vocabulary so I slipped a bit bright teal in the shot!

    Wow, Ashley! I really appreciate you taking the time to write these tutorials for us. I’m still learning Photoshop and ACR. I hear so much about Lightroom and I can’t decide if I should take the plunge. I get the impression that it really helps speed up the work flow and that’s appealing to me. Do you find that to be true? What do you think – should I go for it?

    I was anxious to see how you would edit this shot. Great job! Love the vibrancy that now shows in the colors!

    Great tutorials and tips Ashley (as always). I really love the colour palette idea, I see those on pinterest a whole lot :)

    I’m totally going to go download Rita’s colorbar thingy. Thanks for the info! Amazing results for your image. I’ve been debating lightroom, but still have so much to figure out with photoshop. I’ve been using a trial CS5 and it’s pretty nice.

    love it!

    I can’t tell you how much you have taught me Ashley- THANK YOU!!!!! Love this

    Gorgeous edit, really make the photo pop. Thanks for sharing the colorblock…I have been wanting to do that for awhile!

    I really love the edited version paired with the color pallette. Very artful :) I think I need that painting in my house. I LOVE it. For some weird reason (it’s probably me) your button isn’t working in my post. GRRRR

    Great edit! It’s so bright and beautiful! Love the template by Rita too!

    Awesome post! We’ve just started working with Lightroom a couple of months ago, and I’m hooked! It’s amazing the difference it has made with our photos!

    Very nice! Lovely edits on this one… I love me some pink ;)

    ashely! you simply are amazing and share so much information! i love reading your blog and i love learning all of your great techniques! wonderful edits as always!!!

    Great edit! Thanks for the link to Rita’s template! She has soooo many freebies it is almost to much to look at! I have just been using a template for the color bloack I didn’t know it was so easy to do it yourself!

    Oh yes! You do such wonderful things, Ashley!

    So great you are now also sharing tips about lr!

    That’s it….I am getting Light Room even if it is only a 30 day trial.

    Thanks girl. Rita has so many awesome things to offer that half the time I don’t even notice all of them. And you rock at giving people props and spreading the word about their product.

    Wonderful edit. I love the brightness.

    This is so fantastic Ashley! I love the vibrant colours! Thanks so much for sharing your tips and links!

    Great Lesson! Thanks for sharing! Looks so pretty.

    Amazing – what a fun lesson

    You are such a wiz! Love it…especially the edit with the pink.

    bright and colorful, I like that painting :)

    Very nice!! Love the use of the color squares on the side of the photo!!

    As always, I enjoyed how you edited the photo. A great edit with beautiful results!

    Very beautiful! I have yet to give that palette action a go, though I’ve had it for a while. Hope I get some time to play with it soon! Thank you!

    I love how I always learn new things coming here. Thanks for sharing, Ashley. :)

    Love your edit! And the color bar thingy is cool! I’ve been meaning to try it, but haven’t made the time. And thank you for showing how to add the color block to the side of a photo. I’ve been wondering how to do that!

    I’ll definitely be trying the colour bar! I love the colours in your photo, your edit really made them pop!

    Really lovely! Very bright and beautiful! That color swatch template was really fun! Thanks for teaching it!

    I’ve been watching the Adobe Lightroom TV episodes~I’ve learned a lot from them. You’ve probably already known about them, but if not~

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    I so, so, so want to try this and I’m so, so, so backed up on photos. My 365 completes next Friday-1 week and then I’m dedicating some time to processing without having to take snaps everyday.
    I guess it was odd for me to texture and mute for bright and colorful, but…’s OK. Anything goes.
    Happy Friday-love your image and thanks, as always for the tips.

    What amazing edits! You are so talented

    I’ve tried the color block on a few of my photo’s, but not many. It never occured to me look to see if there was a template available out there! Haha
    Could you compile a list of Lightroom preset websites, please? I’d love to see it, especially now that I’ve offically joined the LR club :D

    I always wondered how you do this? I need to get in PS and give this a try!