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Friday, December 11, 2009

Fix-It Friday: Dec 11, 2009 (week 39)

It's that time again: FRIDAY! This weeks entry is a little something different and I LOVE love LOVE this image... did I mention I love it? Really makes me think back to my childhood and all the times my grandfather and I spent together at horse shows and rodeos. Those memories will forever be in my heart.

Lets take a look at the original photo:

Now for my edit:

Lets start off with my program, I used PS CS3. I opened this image in Camera Raw and made adjustments there first. Then I opened it in PS and ran my noiseware program and Boutwell's Magic Glasses from Totally Rad Actions. I then ran my adjustment layers and played with them until I got the look I wanted. Cropped the image to draw the eye to the main attraction and not the onlooking cowboys. I ran CoffeeShops Little Perk action, turning off the sharpening layer (i always save my sharpening for last). Adjusted the Little Perk to my liking. Then I ran CoffeeShops Golden Vintage action, adjusting to my preference. Then I ran Coffeeshops Creamy Toffee Latte Action, again adjusting to my preference. The Toffee Latte action added a little too much red so I added a curve and adjusted the red.

I finished up my edit by adding a few textures, I kept the emphasis of the bull being brought down by masking out the textures on the bull and cowboy. I sharpened and whalla!

Please visit I heart Faces blog to see other ways this photo was "fixed"!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I Heart Faces- Sweet Dreams Photo Challenge (week 48)

This weeks photo challenge theme is "Sweet Dreams".

I was unsure which photo that I would use, so I spent hours browsing through my folders. I had lots of sleeping newborns and babies. But I wanted to really put my focus on the Face, since this is I heart Faces! :)

Then I remembered my shoot with these sweet, tiny, innocent twin boys. Their mom was such a trooper during the whole pregnancy and they were great little fighters once they arrived! I love this shot for multiple reasons, the main reason being all the fresh baby peach fuzz they still have on their faces.

Please visit I Heart Faces Blog to see more entries in the "Sweet Dreams" challenge!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fix-It Friday: Dec 4, 2009 (Week #38)

It's that time again, I had to take a break last week to spend time with family but I am super excited to be back at it this Friday.

Let's take a look at the photo submitted for editing:

What a cute subject to work with, so interested in the camera! I always wonder just what these little ones think when they see this big black box in front of someone's face... :)

Now for my edits, i'll start with my "original" edit:

I ran noiseware and then boutwell's magic glasses. I ran the usual adjustment layers and tinkered until I was pleased. Then I ran coffeeshop's powderroom action (read the tutorial if you choose to try this action). After that I went into MommaZiggy's Workflow set and ran warmer/cooler action, again adjusting to my liking. I cropped the image slightly and tinkered with the adjustment layers some more, until I was satisfied. Sharpened and whalla! And although I think this picture is great as is, what is fix-it friday if you don't push your limits?

This is my first special edit:

I took my "original" edit and ran coffeeshop's crossprocess action (this action takes alot of tinkering, but I think I have found the settings I enjoy the most). I then added two different textures, making sure to erase the textures from his skin. Tinkered a little with the adjustment layers, sharpened, and whalla!

And since I am up in the middle of the night, I figured "why not give it another go?" So here is my second special edit:

For this edit, I took my "original" edit and ran mommaziggie's XP action set (Xtreme with a XP soft) and tinkered to my liking. I played around with the adjustment layers until I was pleased! I then added a slight burgandy vignette, sharpened and whalla?
Which is your favorite?
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