Friday, May 29, 2009

Fix It Friday at I ♥ Faces

It's Fix It Friday over at I ♥ Faces. They provided a photo, invited us to edit that photograph, and provided a place for us to post our edits. Here is the photo they gave us this week.
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I know there are a lot of you who do a better job of editing than I do. I figured this is a way for me to practice and get some input. Here is my edited version:
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I made the first adjustments in Photoshop CS3. I cropped the photo to highlight the face, then whitened up the eyes and teeth a bit, brightened the photo a little, and then added a touch of "soft focus" with Picasa 3 which really emphasized her beautiful face. Yeah, I know, I work backwards - lol!

I want to add one more photo. Some nice blog-friends shared how to do a couple tricks in PS-CS3, so I worked on a different edit. Thanks guys! Here it is:
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Let me know what you think and what you think I should do to improve it. To check out everyone else's edited version, visit I ♥ Faces.

17 comments:

FeeBeeKay said...

I'm not going to be much help Alice!! I think that the tweaks are so gorgeous - that little face is just radiant!! Your pictures are so alive and full of fun!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I think she's beautiful!

Amber said...

Hi! Thanks for your comment. I lasso the eyes pull them into a new layer and sharpen them up, add contrast, and play around with the curves to get the look that I like. I am learning all this stuff as well and am currently taking photography/graphic design classes so I learn from everyone and as I go. Wish you the best!

Danita said...

Very pretty! I love what you did! I dont have any special tips, I kind of just play with it. I would love to learn more & maybe take some classes.

The only thing I would suggest is to brighten it up a bit to make her hair more visible.

AJ said...

I think you did a great job :). One thing you might check out is the rule of thirds. Here's a good article I like: http://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds#hide.

Thank you so much for your nice comment on my edits :).

Amanda J.

Mandy, Dustin and Thomas said...

Thanks for your comment. I think you did a great job. BTW, your entry for this week is AMAZING!!!

The more you play the more you will learn and the better you will become at editing. Remember create your own style...that's what make it unique!

Alesha said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

I think your edit looks great. I would brighten it up a tad, by using curves. and then do a level adjustment pull the middle one to the left and then the left slider to right a tad. This give the picture some dimension. Also defog makes your pictures more clearer. HTH but you are doing great, photoshop is all trial and error. :-)

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

I think you did a great job too! I love the flip on the last photo!

I picture photography like art so there are no right or wrong ways to edit a photo. I think your's turned out nicely so i really have no advice to give either.

On mine these were my steps

1) I added more fill light
2) I softened the skin several times since it was noisy
3) I sharpened the eyes
4) I adjusted the color in her eyes
5) I sharpened the edges
6) I did a glamour glow to the photo
7) I cropped the photo

That's basically it! I use Photo Elements and I also use Nik Color Efex Pro for all my filters. I LOVE THIS SOFTWARE AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Ruby Slippers said...

I like the 2nd one more - the soft focus on the 1st one makes the photo look a little out of focus,which I'm never a fan of. You could try running a sharpening tool over the eyes, mouth and edges if you want to keep the soft look on her *skin* but not the important parts of her face.

Nice edits though!

Cayle said...

I ADORE THE SECOND ONE!


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I have photoshop 7
and i also used Digital photo professional. [came with my DSLR rebel cannon]

1) opened it with digital photo
2) brightened it
3) photoshop opened
4) I sharpened the whole photo
5) I then used the lasso tool and seleted everything but the eyes
6) I made everything except the eyes look blurry Not to much just a little

Mandi said...

Thank you so much for your comments. I think you did a great job. You should try a noiseware it has helped my portrait edits so much.(especially with a high ISO). I use a free one that you can download here. It is a stand alone, but its FREE and works great. http://www.imagenomic.com/nwsa.aspx
Also, this website gives GREAT tutorials on Photoshop and elements
http://digitalphotographyformoms.net/

Alesha said...

Hi Alice, I have an action for defog by Lady Wren, I don't remember her website name, you can google it, but you can do this in PS by going to filter>sharpen>unsharp mask> 20, 60, 0. You can adjust the number to suit your taste. I always defog first. :-)

Michelle said...

I think you did a great job!

sheila said...

I like the way you brought the eyes out; they are really pretty.

Michelle said...

I'm so glad you came by!

BECKY said...

Hey Gal!! Looks great to me, but I'm def. no pro!! Cute little thing, though!!

I figured out that I don't have you on my blog roll, and I am going to fix that since that is how I visit everyone!!

Have a joyful Sunday!!
Hugs,
Becky

Melissa Weisbard said...

Beautiful! A few months ago I got Photoshop Elements 7. I'm still learning how to use the software. As each month passes, I get a little better. You did a great job editing the photos.



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