Before & After: Late Night

April 13, 2010
Whenever I travel cross-country, I do my best to adjust my body’s schedule as quickly as possible…which means forcing myself to stay up (hence the reason I’m up so late). So, although I posted some shots from the weekend (Flowers in Bloom), I absolutely love editing others’ photos when given the opportunity. In this case, a three-day old baby!This baby is gorgeous. I felt pretty good with the exposure (I may have slightly adjusted the curves), but I did adjust the color curves for skin tone. I also really wanted to clean up the face so I applied Coffeeshop’s Baby...
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Before & After

April 09, 2010
I’m always disappointed when I Heart Faces takes a week off from their usual photo challenges and Fix-it Fridays. However, I still had a couple of photos that I put into my folder for such an occasion, so I pulled one out today. This is Moses. I knew that I wasn’t going to make this a crystal-clear sharp photo, so I went the other direction. First, I cleaned up his face a little (but I didn’t use Powder Room) – I just used the eye dropper to select an area of his face and then painted over his skin to create an even skin tone. Next, I used Coffeeshop’s Orton....
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Before & After: Family Photos

April 09, 2010
In the previous post, I shared the new “Squeaky Clean” action. In this post, I thought I’d share a few more examples using Kristen’s beautiful family. I believe these were taken on Easter. If I’m honest, I kept putting these off because I was a bit intimidated by the exposure and didn’t want to screw it up. I may still have screwed them up, but I gave it my best effort. With each of these, I started by selecting the background and doing a levels adjustment. I then ran the Squeaky Clean action (adding a brightening step) and adjusted each layer based on the...
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Squeaky Clean

April 08, 2010
This afternoon, shortly after I posted today’s “Before & After,” I saw that Amy McMaster posted her latest Photoshop Elements freebie. It’s called “Squeaky Clean.” “It’s a simple little action that plays out levels (to tweak lights and darks), a shadow boost to deepen shadows a bit, a color balance layer to tweak skin tones, a color booster that is easy on the skin tones, a layer for running Noiseware (or other noise removal software) or clone work, a simple eye pop, a red fix layer (great to use on bloodshot eyes, lessening red in...
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