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Dec 16, 2007 06:55 |  #1

I had such a great response from 'Christmas daughter 'I thought I'd post a couple more of her with a different background. Thanks:)


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Dec 16, 2007 07:12 |  #2

cute shots. They seem to have a little to much blue in them tho, I did a quick edit, I might have gone to far the other way tho.

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Dec 16, 2007 07:12 |  #3

both are great... but the scrunchy face on the second is awesome.


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Dec 16, 2007 07:18 |  #4

Cute baby. Yes, the original is not WOW and needs some PP. The fix from Carl is a great start. Must have a good framing, there is a lot of white there.


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Dec 16, 2007 07:25 as a reply to  @ SuzyView's post |  #5

folowing on from what suzyview said I tried adding a quick frame.


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Dec 16, 2007 07:54 |  #6

cdmonkey wrote in post #4514125 (external link)
cute shots. They seem to have a little to much blue in them tho, I did a quick edit, I might have gone to far the other way tho.

Carl

Wow. I love the PP. Can you tell us what you did to make it pop ?


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Dec 16, 2007 08:07 |  #7

Awesome shots, great PP cdmonkey


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Dec 16, 2007 08:21 |  #8

I use a similar pp workflow most times although I vary it depending on the photo.

For these I did the following

Duplicate layer ( I always do that to start with so I can compare quickly and perhaps blend down to the original if I over do the pp)

Colour balance.

Curves or levels or perhaps both.

Then for these, I applied the portraiture plugin, which does a great job quickly of improving skin tones. I do it on a duplicate layer so that I can blend the effect down a bit. You can do what the plugin does manually but it takes longer.

Then I adjusted the levels some more but to lighten it again but this made the hat to white so I duplicated the layer and erased the blown out areas.

If I dont use Portraiture I will use the heal tool to smooth out skin then duplicate the layer run high pass and then set that as an overlay layer. this tends to give me the best results for sharpening. and you can duplicate the highpass layer to increase the effect (reduce the layer opacity to about half what the other one is, first one usually around 90%)


The border I do by using canvas size, click relative put in your size (change your background colour to what you want it to be first)

and as you will have your edits on seperate layer you can add layer effects such as drop shadow or stroke.

All this works much better on the full image size, as some of the steps will increase the artifacts created by the jpg of the small image.

Hope that makes sense and helps.


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Dec 16, 2007 10:06 |  #9

really like the expressions ,esp on pic 2,sweet babie too




  
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Dec 16, 2007 14:45 |  #10

Thanks for the responses. I have in the past had a little trouble getting the colour right with a white background. I pretty much left the colour alone on these two but can see the blue tinge now.Thanks for the tips.


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Dec 16, 2007 15:00 |  #11

cdmonkey wrote in post #4514330 (external link)
I use a similar pp workflow most times although I vary it depending on the photo.

For these I did the following

Duplicate layer ( I always do that to start with so I can compare quickly and perhaps blend down to the original if I over do the pp)

Colour balance.

Curves or levels or perhaps both.

Then for these, I applied the portraiture plugin, which does a great job quickly of improving skin tones. I do it on a duplicate layer so that I can blend the effect down a bit. You can do what the plugin does manually but it takes longer.

Then I adjusted the levels some more but to lighten it again but this made the hat to white so I duplicated the layer and erased the blown out areas.

If I dont use Portraiture I will use the heal tool to smooth out skin then duplicate the layer run high pass and then set that as an overlay layer. this tends to give me the best results for sharpening. and you can duplicate the highpass layer to increase the effect (reduce the layer opacity to about half what the other one is, first one usually around 90%)

The border I do by using canvas size, click relative put in your size (change your background colour to what you want it to be first)

and as you will have your edits on seperate layer you can add layer effects such as drop shadow or stroke.

All this works much better on the full image size, as some of the steps will increase the artifacts created by the jpg of the small image.

Hope that makes sense and helps.

Wow, I love the difference that made on this particular shot...No offense to the OP, but it looks much better..Could you tell me more info on the portraiture plugin you used and where to get it..I would love to try it out




  
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