Before & After

April 08, 2010
Meet Allie. After drooling over a few of her mother’s macro shots recently, it seems only appropriate that she gives me a couple of shots to edit. Furthermore, I know that dandelions are technically weeds, but Allie really knows how to work them. With this first one, although I know she didn’t mean to tilt the photo…I think it works. However, I did want to adjust the composition and push Allie to the far left (this required a little eye dropper/paint bucket/healing action to fill in the new space created on the right). From there, I used Coffeeshop’s Baby Powder Room...
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Before & After…the Action Series...

March 11, 2010
Some people feel that using actions is cheating when it comes to editing. However, many of us have busy lives and rather than spend hours upon end editing a series f photos, we can use an action to speed up the process. I’ll be honest, if I had Photoshop, I’d probably write my own actions…but I use Photoshop Elements 7, so I use any freebie actions I can get my hands on. You’ll often see me using CoffeeShop’s Little Perk (that I often call “just a perk”).  It’s great for adding that little burst of color, contrast and sharpening without much...
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Before & After

March 08, 2010
I was in the mood to edit this afternoon, so I asked for a challenge… ask and you shall receive! To be honest, I think that the photographer did a fine job with her own edit, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyways. Here is the before and after: Overall, this is a pretty clean fix…so I used my typical post-processing steps using PSE7. Adjust curve (just a little under-exposed).Select people, adjust levels to make them pop.Select background, adjust levels. Run Coffeeshop’s Just a Perk – this brightens up the whole image (might be too much for some people, but...
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Before & After

February 23, 2010
I love these before & after challenges (on the photography board, we call them “edit my pics,” and this week we have another adorable little girl who just needs to be brightened up a little bit. I’ve included the before, after and my recipe. In this first photo, I cropped the image a little closer and adjusted the levels on her (selecting only her with my marquee tool and then adjusting the levels to brighten her up). I then used the eye dropper on her face to select a clean area and used a soft brush at 40% opacity to adjust any redness (I find this easier and less...
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