Friday, 20 August 2010

FIX-IT-FRIDAY - NO.67- "Woodland Princess"

This weeks ORIGINAL is so sweet. But the colours and contrast are a bit lack-lustre.
It was a pretty easy fix though!


At last my LR3 is mine (well my son's actually), no longer on Beta or 30 day Trial ~ but all our own!! :) ~ so of course it was the first place to go with a 'fix-it'. In reality it is always my first stop with all my photos. I think it works with JPEGs like Camera Raw would with a RAW photo and I just LOVE it! Sometimes I hope across to Gimp or PSE to add some 'touches' that I can't in LR3 (being that it doesn't have layering), and that's just what I did today. So...


  • auto-tone, but changed recovery to 57
  • auto white balance (I hardly ever like the auto settings, but this was not too bad).
  • contrast 31, temp 17, clarity 15, vibrance 6
  • Luminance Noise ~ luminance 18, contrast 10, lum' detail 86
  • Colour noise ~ detail 83, reduction 11
  • Shadows -26, highlights +21
  • Wide Edge (faces) sharpening preset
  • used iris enhancement brush 
  • used a light burn on her forehead
  • cropped to 7x5
  • red saturation -16, tint +20
  • Export (save) and publish to Flickr!


  • created a virtual copy of #1 and convert to B&W
  • Brightness 19, contrast 38, recovery 68
  • Changed shadow (20) and highlight hue (155) to give the colouring
  • Shadow tones -37
  • export & publish.


  • virtual copy #1, rotated to -14.28 then cropped.
  • export and pulplish!



  • Took #3 into PSE
  • Duplicated the base layer and hid it ~ worked on copy layer
  • Lasso'd losely around the girl, copied and pasted the selection into a new layer
  • used 'high pass' filter on new layer, changed blending to 'soft light' at 30%
  • flattened & converted to sRGB profile (not sure why it wasn't already!)
  • used CoffeeShop Johnna's Tea Party action (IN LOVE!)
  • changed Hazy layer 'Hard Light' @ 17%
  • changed contrast layer to 'Soft Light' @ 23%
  • flatten and 'Saved for Web'


  • opened original in ACR and tweeked to 90% same settings as in LR3 (doesn't have as many same options though).
  • duplicated base layer and hid it. 
  • used CoffeeShop Johnna's Tea Party action (again), but pretty much left it alone this time!
  • used the CoffeeShop EyeBright action and worked the layers appropriately (when I use this action after duping the base layer I always have to drag my copy layer down to the bottom again before I start 'painting') ~ changed 'bright eyes' layer to 11%
  • merged visible layers (base layer still unchanged)
  • dup'ed the top layer, lasso'd the girl, and copy pasted her into a new layer.
  • high pass filter on girl, changed layer 'overlay' @ 38% ~ merged down.
  • duped the layer
  • used gradient map 1 layer (black and white) ~ 'soft light' @ 26%
  • merged down & duped again
  • used 'reduce noise' filter (can't remember settings, but they were mild) ~ set layer @ 40%.
  • merged all visible layers and checked I liked the changes against the orignal base layer. :)
  • Save for Web


I thought this would look lovely with a bright pink frame!
  • undid the flattening, duped the base, but left visible this time. Created a new empty layer
  • cropped new layer bigger than the base (creating empty space), then flooded with a pink picked from her skirt
  • dragged pink layer into the middle (moved down), and made another new layer above it.
  • used rectangle marquee to select just bigger than the photograph and flooded with a rusty brown colour. deselect & then ctrlT to 7x5 ratio and exactly where I wanted it to frame the picture.
  • flatten and save for web.

I hope you like my edits :)

To see everyone else creative juices flowing today head on over to FIX-IT-FRIDAY :D


Sherry 20 August 2010 at 13:58  

I do like your edits, particularly 1 and 3. Your details are great too.

BE~Photography Blog 20 August 2010 at 14:25  

wow, I love #1! I can't believe how it popped her right out of the photo!

mrs.magoo 20 August 2010 at 14:27  

Excellent edits!! Thank you for walking us through each one - I always appreciate people taking the time to do that!

Ashley Sisk 20 August 2010 at 14:59  

I love love #4 and 5 - and I can do that?! I'll have to try my hand at my own edit later today.

Jen 20 August 2010 at 15:17  

I think #5 is my favorite of your edits. This was a tough photo with the blown-out background and tank-top! Good job!

Buckeroomama 20 August 2010 at 15:22  

Wonderful edits!! I love Fixes # 1, 3 & 4.

Dana-from chaos to Grace 20 August 2010 at 15:52  

I completely agree! I LOVE that first edit! So clean and fresh!

fowler 20 August 2010 at 15:55  

#5 is my fave-- great job!

Susan Godfrey 20 August 2010 at 16:01  

Love the edits!! I can't decide which one I like best :)


Tricia 20 August 2010 at 16:09  

Beautiful edits! I especially like #1 and #5.

Amanda 20 August 2010 at 17:25  

Really nice job!! The best I've seen so far.

Mackenzie 20 August 2010 at 17:29  

Love the 5th one! All of them give such range of what could be done with this photo! Truly spectacular!

Alicia Jones 20 August 2010 at 17:43  

Like the crop on 3 and 4!

Sam 20 August 2010 at 18:58  

Great job on your edits! I particularly like Edit 1, 4 & 5!! Way to go!!

ATALW 20 August 2010 at 19:01  

Those are beautiful edits!!

Britney 20 August 2010 at 19:19  

I love number 5! Amazing job!

Michelle 20 August 2010 at 19:36  

Wow, I love how detailed you were with each edit! They are all beautiful =)

Sarah Halstead 20 August 2010 at 21:05  

I love them all. Great job! I think #3 is my favorite.

Cheyenne and John 21 August 2010 at 08:36  

Love your edits! They all look great!

April: Bridges to Blessings 21 August 2010 at 19:58  

These are really great. I love that you rotated and cropped for some of them. I was trying to think of some way to crop it but couldn't come up with anything. I'll have to keep that in mind in the future!

Hannah 22 August 2010 at 00:21  

Ohh, I LOVE all of these! The first is gorgeous!

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