Just for reference, here is the original shot of this crazy looking tropical flower:
- In Lightroom, I cropped the photo to follow rule of thirds better.
- Increased vibrance to +30, contrast to +50 and black clipping to +7.
- Added more red by changing tint from -10 to -5.
- Using the adjustment brush, I painted the flower (make sure auto mask is on!) added a slight pink colour and upped the saturation to +15.
For the following edit, I used both lightroom and photoshop. I used masks for the specific selection of the flower – you can copy and paste the selection to a new layer, but you can’t edit the edges much further if you do that. Whereas if you use a mask you can paint on the mask to cover or show things that you want!
- In lightroom, reduce the saturation, increase vibrance, clarify, contrast and exposure until you reach something you like.
- Open this photo and the previously edited photo in photoshop.
- Put both pictures as layers in one file, with the brighter layer on top.
- Using your quick selection tool, select the part of the flower you want to make “pop.” Zoom in, start with a fairly large brush and reduce the brush size by pressing “[” for more finiky parts. Use alt+click to take away selections.
- Click refine edges button at the top to edit the edges of the selection.
- Create a mask around the selection by pressing the button at the bottom of the layers menu that looks like a circle in a rectangle. You can now edit the mask by selecting the mask in the layers menu and using a brush to paint black (to hide) or white (to show) what parts of the photo are affected by your edits.
- Adjust flower to get desired look.
I really wanted to try using the artistic filter on this flower, but for some reason photoshop wouldn’t let me do that. Any suggestions as to why? I know way more than I used to about photoshop, but in many aspects I’m still pretty clueless!
How is your Thursday coming along?