Friday, 13 November 2009

FIX-IT-FRIDAY - NO.36 - "SPARKLE BOY"


This weeks little man is so cute and the picture really not in need of a great deal of 'fixing' - that makes life more fun :D


Original.

The first thing I notice is the line on the left and the slight crust under his nose. Then the shadows under his eyes. It's a little dark and flat (lacking in contrast) too. So these are the things I set to work on first :D
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Edit One.

In Picnik I cropped out the line and took the picture into 5x7 proportions. Then I increased the contrast (local contrast +20, exposure +6, Contrast + 6) and unsharped the whole image (radius 1.5, strength about 30%). I also brightened the eyes (whites and irises at different levels). This was a pretty good edit in itself (see edit 4) :D

I then added the 'faded daguerreotype' curve and faded it out a bit - loved it!!
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Edit Two

Same as #2, only I wanted to try a rotation on it - liked this a LOT!
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Edit Three

Took #2 into Gimp, 'healed' out the crusty nose (definitely a better tool in gimp than in Picnik), dodged under his eyes, added a screen layer, a text layer and a frame :D
I think this is my favourite.
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Edit Four

Tweeked the saturation (down a little) and increased the warmth a little.
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Edit Five

I 'gimped' #4 - dodged under his eyes, 'healed' his nose, whitened his teeth (dodge tool again), lightly 'burned' his arms back and coloured his T shirt as it was getting a bit lost (not sure I like that bit though)
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Edit Six

Added a colour vibrance layer to #5 (and reduced the opacity)
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Edit Seven

Added a duo-tone (brown) effect to #6 (oooh - like this!)
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Edit Eight

Back to #7 and fiddled with the layers - changed one of them to 'grain extract' to get a sort of dulled effect.
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So there you go - what do you think of my edits this week. When the starter image is so good there is just so much you can do - I love it - it's such fun!!

And Just because I can (and I forgot I always try to) here is Edit Nine - the B&W.
Taken straight from #3 with some bending of the curves and extra unsharping of his eyes :D



I wonder what everyone else did with this sparkling boy over at FIX-IT-FRIDAY this week - let's go see...!

12 comments:

SKELLER 13 November 2009 at 14:19  

oooh! I love your crop/rotation!!

Tracy, mom2many 13 November 2009 at 14:31  

I really like 2 and 3.

Heather Greenwood 13 November 2009 at 14:37  

great edits and love your cropping

My Camera's Eye 13 November 2009 at 14:47  

I agree, 2 and Three are my Favs! What a GREAT Thought to rotate it a bit!! Great job!

mommaof4wife2r 13 November 2009 at 16:09  

beautiful!

keli.h 13 November 2009 at 18:09  

Awesome job!!! I love what you did with all of them :)

lifebythecreek 13 November 2009 at 18:22  

Great edits! I definitely love the rotation. I have GIMP on my computer, but my poor hard drive is so old and my RAM is so small that it shuts down whenever I try to use it. Looking at your great edits makes me want to go buy a new computer TODAY!

Saharra 13 November 2009 at 18:33  

I can't nail it down to one favorite. I absolutely love each one! I have two that caught my eye: #3 and #9. I don't know what it is, but they are beautiful crops.

Aunt Tea 13 November 2009 at 19:56  

I like you tilt! I tilted the other direction. Ü

Lisa 13 November 2009 at 23:50  

Love how you rotated and cropped!

Owner 14 November 2009 at 03:38  

I like 3 and 5! Lovely kid, Lovely edit. ;D Look at my edited pic.

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Melissa 15 November 2009 at 00:26  

I love the black and white edit! Wasn't this a fun one!

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