Friday, 20 March 2009

Fix-it-Friday - Dimpled Darling.

How or why do you edit the perfect photo? Just for fun I guess..! This photo was absolultely gorgeous in the original, but it's always fun to see what can be done even with the best of photos :D

Edit one...

  • magnetic lasso to sharpen eyes in
  • into picnik
  • slight rotate and slight crop to bring in closer. I didn't want to lose the light on his hair though, just the tufts and the excess background above them!
  • sharpen whole picture just slightly.
  • exposure - advanced - check local contrast, but lower the strength. Up the shadows slightly and the highlights a fair bit. Up the overall exposure a touch and leave contrast alone. 
  • into create tab;
  • b&w - pick out red on shirt (missed the lion - oops!) and colour of background in original - apply
  • soften very slightly, but unsoften the eyes.
  • boost colour - just a touch
  • apply 1970's with round corners.
  • vignette very slightly (black)
  • frame with rounded frame, boarder, rounded frame - deep brown colour.
  • apply and save.
edit two...

The background was blurred enough, but it was distractingly yellow and I was having difficulty bringing the colour down without loosing to much colour elsewhere, so I decided to do something different altogether  - hope you like it :D

  • Fix eyes rotation and crop just as above (i was happy with that part!).
  • Then I sharpened and lightened it slightly.
  • Took into to cut out Mr Dimples (magic wand) and saved as png.
  • Back into Picnik.
  • uploaded a background I had and dragged Mr Dimples onto it - and flipped him. 
  • Fiddled a bit with colours and contrasts (recoloured the background to hide the edging to the cut out better)
  • Added border
  • Added text.
  • Combine 
  • Sharpen the whole thing a stack
  • save :)

BTW - I always do my first edit or two before I look at anyone else's just to see what I can come up with!

Don't forget to take a look at what other folks have
done with this lovely photo this week.


Phatchik 20 March 2009 at 16:49  

Oh man - these areawesome! Very different! I like the second one a lot. It looks handpainted! SO COOL!

EL at Through My Own Lens 20 March 2009 at 17:35  

Great effects! Very unique! Good job! BTW - I missed your Green photo earlier this week...but I LOVE it!!!

Shae 20 March 2009 at 19:26  

very creative. I really like the first edit. awesome job!

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