I'll let you in on a little secret. Any time you see a picture here that is not in living color, it is because the original photograph was so bad I had to do something to salvage it, where "something" usually means converting it to a black and white or sepia-toned image.
Today I'm going to show you some ho-hum "before" pictures that, were it not for Photoshop, would never have seen the light of day on this blog. Then I'll show you the "after" versions and tell you what I did to rescue them.
Because I loved George's pose and the expression on his face, I couldn't throw this photo in the trash, so I...
1. Removed the distracting blobs of dirt with the clone tool
2. Applied PW's Boost action at 100%
3. Applied PW's Sepia action
4. Used the Patch tool and MCP's Touch of Lightness/Darkness to remove my shadow and make George stand out better from background.
Snow is supposed to be white, right? But it wasn't in this picture, and I wasn't about to go back outside and try again, so...
1. I converted the image to a black and white using the gradient map tool
2. Used Levels to lighten the shadows
3. Used MCP's High Definition sharpening at 37%
4. Used MCP's Touch of Lightness/Darkness to bring out the highlights in Alan's eye and darken his hair
5. Used PW's Sharpen This action around his eye and ear
Many of you have met Ellsworth and Bernard here or at their home. Oh, how I love these guys. And I love this picture of them...with the major exceptions of the color and the lighting and the composition.
Here's what I did to rescue them:
1. Cropped the picture so they wouldn't be smack dab in the middle
2. Applied PW's Sepia action
3. Used MCP's high definition sharpening at 43% on the burros - I masked it out of the background
4. Used MCP's Touch of Lightness/Darkness to bring out the details in the shadows
I loved this pose from the second I pressed the shutter, but the underexposure and morning hues ruined it. Drastic action was required.
1. On an adjustment layer, I increased the exposure by 1.66, then masked out the portions that weren't underexposed originally.
2. Cropped the image to leave out George's blurry tail which was bugging me.
3. Converted it to black and white using the gradient map tool.
4. Used MCP's Touch of Lightness/Darkness to bring out highlights in the eyes
This is one of three glamour shots I took of the boys that morning, which wound up in one of my favorite posts.
I know this tech-talk is boring some of you to death, so your reward for sticking with me until the end of this post is an impromptu giveaway. Do you have a digital photograph that needs a little help? Leave a comment on this post describing the image. I will randomly pick a winner and fix it for you.
The prize: I will Photoshop the digital photo of your choice and make it as perfect as I know how.
To enter: Give a brief description of your problem photo in the comments. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person, please.
Contest closes: Friday, June 11, 2010, 7:00pm Mountain time. The winner will be announced Saturday morning.
Number of winners: At least one.