Edit Me Week 24 - Behind the Camera and Dreaming

Edit Me Week 24

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Because I am one of the hosts of the Edit Me Challenge, my photo cannot be considered for judging. I am sliding it in right at the last minute to add to the link up, so I don't know how many of you edit me (ers) will actually see it, but I couldn't resist editing this photo! I love it! Thanks Jaymi for such a great photo!

{updated} I originally planned to show all the details of how I edited this photo this week, but wasn't able to fit it in before the linky ended over on Edit Me, but I intended to at least do it after I linked up. So, are some of the details!

Saturday night, I was a part of a small group that took Mom Tried It's second Photoshop/PSE class. If you have Photoshop or Elements and no idea how to really use it, I would highly recommend taking this course. Other than some technical difficulties with the meeting host's site, the class was great! I have experience with Photoshop and know most of the basics, but I still learned some great stuff from Kim! So, the class is great for beginners but it's great for people with experience too! As soon as the class was winding down I grabbed this photo and started practicing some of the new things I learned!

I do not have all the steps, but here are some of the resources and tricks!

  • I used a couple of Paint the Moon's Actions from the Blessing Set - Heist is my fav!
  • I used the Freebie Texture from PTM. (see link above)
  • I used a trick from Kim - shhh - Blurring the texture layer just around the subject keeps the color but takes the texture off of the skin! My favorite trick of the night! =)
  • I blended the texture on Soft Light - almost always do when using texture on a portrait.
  • I used a High Pass filter after adding the texture, blended on soft light, and decreased the opacity some. 
  • I then sharpened her features using the sharpening tool!
This entire edit was completed in Photoshop CS5 which I hardly EVER do. I usually start in Lightroom, but I feel a little more confident now with my capabilities in PS. Thank Kim! =)


Here's the before and after shot! I love the difference the editing made in the already great shot!


XOXO

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8 comments

  1. ooh I love your edit Stephanie! The texture is great on it, adds a lot to the photo without being overwhelming! Love the final tones too, great job! And thanks again for having me as a guest host!

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  2. Very nice and subtle, I agree with Jaymi re the texture: it does work beautifully without being too overwhelming indeed. Would have been nice to tell us more about the process though :) Still, the end result is very pretty. Stephanie, thanks for hosting such a great challenge by the way, I only discovered it yesterday and had lots of fun taking part: I will try to do it again soon!

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  3. Yes, it was a great picture this week! I love your edit! The texture you used looks great on this!

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  4. This is a gorgeous edit, Stephanie!!

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  5. Love the tones and the texture! And I've never heard of paint the moon, so thanks for sharing that resource.

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  6. I am so glad you enjoyed the class and you learned something new. I will be doing the next class with a different host site. That was unbelievable.

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