Friday, 14 May 2010

FIX-IT-FRIDAY - NO.54- "Over-Exposure"

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Edit One


Edit Two

This week's fix was a challenge!

The photo was submitted to iheartfaces by Christina from 3 Sweet P's. She wrote: "This is a photo of my 2 year-old Parker. I am bothered by the harsh shadow on his face and the washed out colors of the photo. His eyes are a beautiful blue and you just can't see that. I would love to see what you guys can come up with!"

It took some work to soften that area of over exposure on the right of his face and then I wanted to bring back the blue of his eyes a bit too. The colours needed to punch more, without accentuating the harsh lines of sunlight on his face ~ wow ~ tall order!

Firstly I opened the photo in PSE7 camera raw and fiddled a little with overall exposure and contrast and then opened the image.
Always duplicating layers before I worked this is what I did (I think!)

  • Selected the over exposed area of his face and layered as a cut
  • colour picked from a good skin tone and then bucket filled the selection
  • Decreased the opacity of the selection to blend it down.
  • (It looked a little better)
  • applied Coffeeshop Johnna's Tea Party and reduced the opacity of the layers
  • flattened and duplicated the image
  • I transformed the duplicated image to BW and then layered it back on top of the original ~ setting to Soft light and decreasing opacity to taste ~ this punches the colours nicely!
  • I then used Coffeeshop Perfect Portrait action and worked with appropriate layers ~ especially the dodge layer to further soften the harshness of the line on his face.
  • I reapplied Johnna's Tea Party, deleted the middle layer and reduced opacity of top layer (I liked the tones this gave) ~ flattened
  • Created a new layer and flooded with a light beige tone ~ this improved the skin tones ~ flattened
  • Lassoed his eyes and created a seperate layer for them, then played with the hue enhancement to make them blue again.
  • faded the layer down until they looked natural.
  • Saved for the web.  ~ Voila Edit One
For Edit two I worked straight of Edit one and applied 'Nelly Nero Grunge BW' and just fiddled with the layers until I liked the look!

I think I prefer Edit one overall, although it is a little more yellow than I would really like it to be.

For more fantastic edits of this picture head on over to Fix-It-Friday :)


allisonhoffman 14 May 2010 at 13:38  

I loved the first edit - his eyes are captivating!

allisonhoffman 14 May 2010 at 13:38  

I loved the first edit - his eyes are captivating!

Buckeroomama 14 May 2010 at 13:46  

Great edits, both. :)

Evette Mendisabal 14 May 2010 at 14:18  

That first edit is STUNNING!! If it were my photo and you posted this edit I would be asking you if I could print it.

SarahinSC 14 May 2010 at 14:58  

I LOVE edit #1. Great work!

Christina 14 May 2010 at 17:16  

WOW! You really did an amazing job, I love edit #1, you did such a great job on the lighting and his eyes! Thanks for working on my photo!!

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