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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shoot and Edit Challenge: Flowers (after)

The lovely and talented Ashley and Jill have teamed together to share their awesome photo editing tips and tricks; this week’s prompt/theme is flowers so I decided to use a photo that I took on my recent visit to the gorgeous campus of Duke University.  I'm always in awe of the photos that have been edited to have that fairy garden effect, so I gave it a try, low-budget style.  Here's what I did in Picnik:
  1. Manually adjusted the exposure.
  2. Manually adjusted the color temperature ever so slightly.
  3. Added the layer, Garden Lights No. 1 (Thanks, Ashley!); applied the "screen" setting at 50% opacity.
  4. Added the layer, Snowy Bokeh Texture; applied the "overlay" setting at 75% opacity.
  5. Combined everything.
  6. Applied "boost" at 20%.
  7. Applied "vibrance" at 35%.
  8. Cropped it ever so slightly (the dark spot in the lower left corner was distracting to my eyes).
Here's a side-by-side comparison:



I initially attempted to create this effect in Pixlr, but for some reason I simply couldn't get the layer mask function to work properly and gave up in frustration.  All things considered, I think the edit turned out pretty well using Picnik's tools.

If you'd like to learn how to make your photos go from good to wow, be sure to click below:


12 comments:

Mommy2Four said...

Very pretty :)

Shannon said...

Great edit! :)

Tara said...

Wow, you did that in Picnik? That is amazing, I didn't know you could do textures/overlays...very cool! Gorgeous job!

Adeena said...

So pretty!! :D

- Jessi - said...

I'm loving that texture you used and the edit is beautiful!

Jill Samter Photography said...

gorgeous edit!!!!

Kristy said...

This is beautiful!!

Cedar said...

Lovely edit!

withoutadornment said...

Nice edit! I love the snowy bokeh texture you added!

Ashley Sisk said...

That looks really pretty Laura - and Picnik...seriously? Awesome.

Sarah Halstead said...

I love it. You did a great job editing.

julie said...

STUNNING edit!!! LOVE it...so darn pretty :)

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