Before & After: Baby Blue

April 22, 2010
One of the ladies this morning wanted to convert a picture of her son to black and white. Let me be the first to admit that I’m not the best at achieving this in PSE manually, but I have a ton of actions that can do this for me, with a little tweaking. I’ll show you my before and after first, then scroll down to see my steps. I started with Squeaky Clean. Seriously people, download this action. (BTW, she just loaded a new action called “Berries and Cream.”)I then adjusted the skin tone (I went to adjust color for skin tone under enhance) – I then toned it down a...
Before & After: She Did It!

April 21, 2010
Last night, I came home…checked my email…signed on the Bump Photography Board…and there it was, an editing challenge. I’m like pavlov’s dog when it comes to editing challenges, so I had to jump in. Unfortunately, a few of the other girls had already mastered the edit using Lightroom, Photoshop (using Portraiture) and Noiseware. I thought that I’d try to reproduce the edit in Photoshop Elements, but I felt that my initial edit came up short. Let me tell you, I was discouraged! FYI: My goal with “before and after” challenges is to demonstrate...
Dreamy Vintage: Re-EDIT

April 20, 2010
The other day, I shared with you my version of dreamy vintage. While it definitely looks cool, Salina wasn’t 100% satisfied and I agree – the flowers were washed out in the process of texturizing. Since I aim to please, I decided I’d re-edit. I’m really turned onto Shadowhouse Creation‘s (free) textures right now, so I thought I’d retry some of the steps I used yesterday (minus one). I started with these textures and this tutorial. Layering textures can be pretty tricky, so allow the time to do it properly. If I had full-blown Photo Shop, I’d make...
Before & After: Dreamy Vintage

April 18, 2010
Salina, from Twice As Many Moments, and I have been going back and forth about achieving a fairy garden, dreamy, vintage look. She’s been playing with a picture of her son, Cooper, watering the flowers. He’s so cute, but lacking that dreamy vintage effect she imagined in her head. Here’s the original: I tried cloning out the water fountain from the left side, but ultimately decided to crop (5×5 ratio). I then used the tutorial instructions I wrote the other day, added another linen-like texture and a border. Here’s my after: With this crop and textures, the...