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...
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Before & After

April 17, 2010
Something must have been in the water over the past few days, while I was in California. Thursday afternoon, I had a series of emails from various blog followers/internet friends asking me to either write a tutorial or giving me an editing challenge. I was on an airplane most of Thursday and have been away from the photography board I frequent (work has really stepped up)…so I guess that’s what you get when you’re absent. But, I love these challenges, so keep ’em coming!First up – Kendra sent me a few shots taken with her point and shoot. She mentioned that ...
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Tutorial: Creating a Fairy Garden Effect

April 16, 2010
Earlier this week, I posted one of my flower shots using what I called a “fairy garden/vintage effect.” I used a variation of “In the Fairy Garden” posted by I Heart Faces earlier this year.  Because you asked for it, I decided to take you through my steps and also show you what the photograph will look like at each stage of the process. Program: Photoshop Elements 7 Estimated time: 15 minutesMaterials (open and download files): SOOC photo, Garden Lights 1 and Garden Lights 2. Actions: I’ve linked nearly everything you need – all free. Before you get...
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Before & After

April 15, 2010
Tonight (or rather this morning depending on which side of the country you’re on…and right now I’m still in California), I am watching American Idol. I have to admit…I love Adam Lambert – don’t hate! I also decided to go back to a photo I quickly edited earlier and really give it the proper attention it deserved. Meet Loela. She’s got the most beautiful skin tone and eyes – I’m completely jealous.  Here’s my steps: Cropped in a little closer, pushing her to the right side of the photo (rule of thirds). Ran a curves adjustment to...
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