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Friday, January 28, 2011

Shoot and Edit Challenge: Good Night (After)

The lovely and talented Ashley and Jill have teamed together to share their awesome photo editing tips and tricks; I definitely need all the help I can get in this department though I've been trying my best to fake it thanks to sites like Picnik and Pixlr.  This week’s prompt/theme is what says “Good-night” to you so I used a bath-time photo of Sammy. Here's how I edited the photo in Picnik:
  1. Manually adjusted the exposure and contrast to brighten things up.
  2. Manually adjusted the saturation and temperature balance as the overall tones in the photo were pretty warm; I played around with the settings until I came up with something that minimized the red color cast and remained true to Sammy's skin tone.  (I usually use the neutral dropper to help even things out, but I got better results by manually playing with the settings.)
  3. I then used eye bright (at 50% fade) to make Sammy's eyes really stand out.
I'm pretty happy with how the edited photo turned out; here's a side-by-side comparison:



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6 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

Really nicely done - and you've also proven how much you can do with a free program. I love how Sammie pops in your edit and wow - those eyes!

Rachel said...

I love it! I need to learn this too. I love his peachy complexion too, and his little rosy cheeks!

Adrienne said...

I love it. Can you maybe do a tutorial on what you do to his eyeballs!? They pop from the photo SO much!

Adrienne said...

Oh, do you use gimp?!

Faith said...

WOW - GREAT edit!! Gotta love picknik :)

Lou said...

thanks for sharing,i love picnik!

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