Friday, 9 October 2009

Fix-It-Friday No.31 - Gorgeous Grin!

Original (submitted by Kim of My family Circus);

This shot was beautiful to start with, but here's what I did (if I can remember!)

Edit One;

  • I blemished fixed the messes on his little face and dodged out the shadows on the right side of his face to make his face more even.
  • I sharpened a little and brightened the eyes (using faded eye-bright) & enhanced his eyelashes just a touch (seriously weak mascara).
  • I air-brushed all his skin and then faded it right out (this was just to even up the skin tones a little more).
  • I added vibrance effect and erased it from the background and his skin & hair (just leaving it on his T-shirt and eyes) and adjusted to taste!
  • Rotated very slightly to bring him closer.

This was my basic fix. :D


Edit two

Carrying on from edit one;
  • I adjusted the exposure to +7, the overall contrast to +7 & the local contrast to +20
  • I further sharpened using unsharp - +2.2 with strength to match @ 68%
  • I adjusted the levels using curves - a slight S and then faded it out until I liked it

Edit three.

Carrying on from Edit two;
  • I applied a faded daguerreotype curve and faded it out quite significantly (also removed from his eyes). I like the tone this gives to the skin.
  • adjusted the levels with another faded S curve
  • applied the text (faded multiply)
  • applied a very slight white matt vignette
  • framed to match a blue in his eyes!

Edit Four.

Just because there has to be a B&W!!
  • I continued from edit four (after removing the vignette and the frame);
  • Applied a B&W effect then fiddled with it in curves. I made a fairly steep S curve & then faded it out to suite my liking.
  • reapplied the matte vignette
  • Reapplied the frame - only this time in black.
I'm pleased with 3 & 4 - what do you think?

PS - this was all done using Picnik Premium - I love it!! It is so quick and simple. I can't wait till they add a layers feature and then I think it will be just about perfect! As it is now you just need to know how to get the best out of it - and I am learning :D

Now I shall need to go and check out how everyone else edited this lovely capture this week, over at I ♥ Faces' Fix it Friday - C U there!!


Christy 10 October 2009 at 01:07  

I love your fix-its! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment. I got lucky as this shot was with my point and shot and SOOC. ;)

Melissa 10 October 2009 at 02:23  

These are all awesome!

I Love Pictures 10 October 2009 at 02:51  

Love the third one especially! Great job!



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