May 26, 2011
Categories: Shoot and Edit
Shoot and Edit: Week 20 – Chalk Drawings…EDIT
Welcome to the 20th 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 “Chalk Drawings” 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 some basic editing tips. You can then try these tips 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 and Adobe Camera Raw…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. 

Since my edits were going to be pretty simple, I decided to do something a little different. Many of you have seen the “mouse over” effect floating around the blogosphere…perhaps you’re even one of the bloggers using this effect. Rather than present a side-by-side before and after, I’ll be using the mouse over effect for my images. Have a looksy:

So, building on what we’ve learned in the past 19 weeks (Week 1: Edit, Week 2: Edit, Week 3A, Week 3B, Week 4: Edit, Week 5: Edit, Week 6: Edit, Week 7: Edit,  Week 8: Edit, Week 9: Edit, Week 10: Edit, Week 11: Edit, Week 12: Edit, Week 13: Edit, Week 14: Edit, Week 15: Edit, Week 16: Edit, Week 17: Edit, Week 18: Edit and Week 19: Edit), I started each edit by opening my photos in Adobe Camera Raw and running a nice clean edit.

If you’re still trying to figure out Adobe Camera Raw and you missed Week 16’s lesson, click here. Once I was done with my basic processing, I moved my photos over to Photoshop and applied my Nice & Easy action. Click HERE for Week 11’s lesson where I unpack the action and click HERE to download Nice & Easy.

I suppose I could have done more, but I was trying to keep it “nice and easy.” I did suggest that I might show another effect using an image yet to be taken…yeah, that image is still yet to be taken (it’s been a busy week at work). However, I do want to share a tutorial that my friend Lynda posted earlier this month. 

Did you get all that? If you’re like me, you just want to know the code…here ya go. Be sure you insert the code below into the html code of your blog and replace the UPPER CASE LETTERS with your image’s url. The Target URL can either be your Flickr account or just redirection back to your blog.

So, to recap our lesson, we discussed using the mouse over effect for before and afters. For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 19 weeks. You might even consider using the mouse over effect if you’ve never tried it. I hope you found today’s lesson useful. If you have any questions or need more explanation, don’t hesitate to contact me. Next week’s theme is “looking up.”

I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits!