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Edited Green Photo

Well, I guess God responded to my complaints as the last two days have been absolutely beautiful, with much of the snow melting away. I guess I shouldn’t hold my breath as it’s supposed to snow again today and on the weekend, but I’m just going to pretend that’s not going to happen. (Wouldn’t that be nice?)

Despite my complaining, I should be thankful that it’s no longer like this outside:

Since all our memories are now refreshed on how drab the SOOC shot looked like, let’s get to the edits:

  1. I added a high-pass filter with a radius of 40. I then changed the opacity to 30% and the blending mode to linear light.
  2. Added a hue/saturation adjustment layer. Using the little hand (the targeted adjustment tool), I clicked on the green needles (which ended up adjusting the yellow) and moved the cursor around until I reached the desired saturation. I also played around with the hue slider to make it slightly less yellow.
  3. I sharpened using “unsharp mask” under filters–>sharpen with the settings: 120, 1, 3.

Since I didn’t get a chance to play with the artistic brushes last week with my flower, I wanted to today. Apparently to use them you have to make sure that your bit depth is 8 (Image–>mode–>8bits/channel) and your colour space is RGB Color  (Image–>mode–>RGB Color). Interesting to know if it isn’t working properly!

  1. Opened up artistic filters. I ended up adding two layers: One was paint daubs and the other Sumi-e.
  2. I then opened up a hue/saturation adjustment layer and played around with the colours and presets until I found something I thought looked cool.

There you have it – my edits! Please do check out everyone else’s green edits over at Ashley’s blog! 🙂

Just so you know (because I know so many of you were dying to know :P), my photoshop class ended last night – how does 6 weeks go by so quickly? The final exam was incredibly easy as I finished in about 5 minutes – I expected it to be much harder and much longer. I guess that’s what happens when you study too hard as you partially reverted back to engineering course exam studying. haha. Even though, I did give up making notes after a while as I got distracted by making dinner and the desire to look at romantic getaways in warm places. (I blame my counsellor for that – he said that once I’m done dealing with my stuff, Mr. Bean and I should go for a vacation somewhere warm where we can spend some quality time together and not do anything. Immediately, I thought of staying in some kind of secluded resort looking over beautifully clear water in a hammock. I’ve never really had any desire to do that until now and it seems terribly appealing (especially with all the snow in the forecast!). Any suggestions of where to go that wouldn’t break the bank and doesn’t include being around 50 billion people all the time?)

Where would you go on a romantic getaway?


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Edit and Shoot: Flowers

Welcome back for some photoshop flower editing fun! If you’d like to see the tutorial the lovely Ashley Sisk wrote about editing flowers and everyone else’s edits – here’s the link up!

Just for reference, here is the original shot of this crazy looking tropical flower:

So, without further ado, here are my edits:

  1. In Lightroom, I cropped the photo to follow rule of thirds better.
  2. Increased vibrance to +30, contrast to +50 and black clipping to +7.
  3. Added more red by changing tint from -10 to -5.
  4. 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!

  1. In lightroom, reduce the saturation, increase vibrance, clarify, contrast and exposure until you reach something you like.
  2. Open this photo and the previously edited photo in photoshop.
  3. Put both pictures as layers in one file, with the brighter layer on top.
  4. 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.
  5. Click refine edges button at the top to edit the edges of the selection.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?


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