Friday, 18 June 2010

FIX-IT-FRIDAY - NO.40 - "Crawling Baby"

An awesome image to begin with, perhaps a touch out of focus (lacking sharpness) and a little underexposed.

( This is NOT my picture, only edited for Fix-It-Friday. Original HERE;
© belongs to Julie Rivera ( ) 

I fixed in 3 programs, just for those of you who like it when I edit in Gimp!! :)

LIGHTROOM3 (beta) ...which is sadly about to expire :(

I fiddled a lot here, so bear with me!
  • Temp -15, contrast +9, Clarity +33, Vibrance +25
  • used iris enhancement adjustment and adjusted to taste
  • Sharpen Portrait preset
  • Brightness +26, Tint -10, Exposure +0.60, 
  • Red saturation +24, Red luminance -31, 
  • Highlight Hue +46, Hightlight Saturation +13
  • Tint -20

  • Applied Coffeeshop 'Creamy Chocolate' preset + auto tone
  • exposure 0.97, contrat +26, shadow tones -65, dark tones +44, clarity +22, Brightness +16

  • Virtual copy Edit one and applied Maple Syrup Kiss (Photo Flavors Preset)


  • Virtual copy Edit one and applied Ilford XP2 Super 400 (preset from HERE; )


All work is done on duplicate layers and opacity adjusted to taste
  • Create Backgound copy and hide original
  • applied smart redux sharpening (Overlay Op'y 44.6)
  • Edge Mask Sharpen (set to overlay Op'y39.7)
  • Dup' layer and select irises ~ create selection layer mask
  • dodge shadows lightly in both eyes, apply mask, adjust brightness-contrast of layer (to taste) ~ set opacity to 86.6
  • Merge all visible
  • Duplicate layer and use curves adjustment ~ set opacity to 88.4
  • Save for Web at 100% quality.

From Edit One (pre-curves adjustment)
  • Applied Script Fu ~ Romantic Colors ~ teal 52.1, pink 81.0, Beige 33.9
  • Changed Beige layer to Grain merge
  • Flatten and save for Web


  • From Edit one (pre curves adjustment) ~ applied PortraFX script
  • desaturated
  • added a new layer and filled with a light fawn colour ~ chnaged to 'grain merge' and set opacity to 25.6
  • Flattened and saved for Web


  • From edit THREE
  • added new layer and filled with deep dark red ~ changed to 'addition and set opacity to 17.4
  • Flattened and saved for Web


  • Opened in CameraRaw and made a few minor adjustments there ~ sharpened +25, 0.8 and others similar to initial adjustments in Lightroom, just to lighten and brighten a little ~ then opened in editor.
  • Dup' layer
  • applied CoffeeShop EyeBright ~ painted on layers; bright eyes op'y 100%, eye define op'y 69%, 
  • Duplicate layer and use 'grants tools' curves adjustment (this is an 'action' that works in guided edit mode) ~ simplify and change opacity to 80%
  • Duplicate IMAGE and make convert new image to B&W (portrait), then drag B&W in as new layer (transform to fit) ~ change B&W layer to 'soft light' (opacity 50%)
  • Flatten and Save for Web.

  • Using the B&W image created above;
  • add a new layer and bucket fill with very dark brown ~ overlay @ 40%
  • add new layer & bucket fill with deep dark red ~ Hue @ 37%
  • Flatten and Save for Web

  • From PSE Edit One 
  • Applied CoffeeShop Johnna's Tea Party ~ Contrast Layer 21%, Hazy 18%
  • Apply 'salt' FX

I hope you like my edits ~ comments and criticisms welcome :D!!
To join in the fun head on over to Fix-It-Friday...


America 18 June 2010 at 14:19  

Gorgeous edits! Did you make all of them in Lightroom? I too am sad the beta is ending soon! :(

mommy of Five 18 June 2010 at 14:42  

love all of them but #3 is my fav!! good job!

AJ 18 June 2010 at 15:05  

Love your edits.
You are very creative.
PSE7 edit 1 is my favorite...

Lisa 18 June 2010 at 16:09  

WOW Caroline some of these look so dreamy!!
I love edit 2 in Gimp!
I love edit 3 in PSE7!

Look at me Caroline, can you see me?
My lip is pouting yep pouting Caroline, because I don't know what your edits mean and I want to!!
I want to be taught by the Master Caroline, you photo goddess you!


Courtney from The Story of Us 18 June 2010 at 16:47  

The very last edit is my favorite! I love the softness & the clarity all at the same time! :)

Jennifer Norch 18 June 2010 at 17:24  

I think #3 is my favorite. I love lightroom as well!!

Lynda 18 June 2010 at 17:37  

Wow! You use a lot of different tools! I LOVE (x7) that Maple Syrup preset edit, especially the way it makes her eyes look! I wish I had Lightroom so I could use Photo Flavors presets. :(

I think your first B&W conversion (Creamy Chocolate preset) doesn't have enough contrast in it / is too bright, so it kind of looks odd. I like your other B&W conversions though.

Elly Yang 18 June 2010 at 20:40 many edits. I love them all. It's hard to pick one fav. I'll choose one from each group:

Lightroom: edit 3
GIMP: edit 1
PSE: edit 2

Jennifer Leigh 18 June 2010 at 20:48  

All are wonderful. Great job!

Angies Photos, Blogs, etc. 18 June 2010 at 20:51  

Wow! You had a lot of fun!! I like the 1st GIMP edit the best, I think... but I like a lot of color. Just me, I know a lot of people prefer the faded look! That's what makes us unique! :-)

Buckeroomama 19 June 2010 at 00:24  

I like the Gimp #3 and the PSE7 #1 edits. :)

Amy 19 June 2010 at 01:28  

Thanks for stopping at my blog, hope you come back again soon! I am going to follow you so I can see more of your photography and your editing.

I use pse7, and I love your very last edit. It's so soft and pretty!

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