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Before and After

September 23, 2010

Wow… I’m so honored to be featured on “Freshly Pressed” today!  Thanks to everyone who’s visiting this post from!

Last week I posted a picture of a pelican with his little sea gull friends.  I had a dilemna… darken the pelican so that the pretty sky would stand out, or lighten it all and make an usual type beach pic.  One commenter (commentor?  I’m not sure) last week suggested doing a layer mask in order to select elements to edit, etc.  I’ve done some of it in the past, but haven’t yet mastered it, so I thought this week’s picture might involve trying my hand at it.

In the before, I snapped Joshua in the stroller from where I was sitting beside him.  The sky was pretty and blue, but his face was a bit shadow-y.  So, I lightened up the entire picture, then made a layer mask.  I then “painted” the original blue sky and blue sippy cup back in, turned up the saturation, then made it look a bit warmer with a yellow layer.  The sky was affected slightly, but it still looks more blue than white or yellow.  Doing his hair was the most difficult part (if you look closely, I’m sure you’ll find mistakes), but I’m happy with the final result… Cheetos chin and all.  I shot it with my Canon Rebel XS and edited in Photoshop CS4.  Link up your own “before and after” at Pixel Perfect!

45 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2010 8:24 am

    Love the picture! The edit does some great brightening. Great job!

  2. September 23, 2010 8:29 am

    Great job brightening up his cute little face!

  3. September 23, 2010 8:40 am

    It looks great! I love the warmth and brightening and how you made the sky blue again!

  4. September 23, 2010 8:56 am

    Awww….. what a cutiepie! 🙂

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  5. September 23, 2010 9:11 am

    Awww what a cutie! Love the way the edit pops his eyes.

  6. September 23, 2010 9:40 am

    This edit looks so great – I love the processing.

  7. September 23, 2010 10:42 am

    The brightening makes him less cheeto-y! Nice photo:)

  8. September 23, 2010 10:56 am

    Love the processing. I’ve just discovered the joy of editing photos.

  9. September 23, 2010 11:00 am

    I think you did a great job of editing here. Definitely a better shot in the after! And what’s the most important part of the shot – what will people be drawn to first? Exactly! Joshua’s face! Thanks for sharing your editing steps – a big help! And, congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!!

  10. September 23, 2010 11:30 am

    Great job on the picture! He’s such a cutie too 🙂

  11. September 23, 2010 11:30 am

    Nice edit bringing him out to the light! Very nice!

  12. September 23, 2010 11:42 am

    Great job processing!! Priceless expression on his cute little face!! 🙂

  13. September 23, 2010 11:43 am

    Thanks for the lesson. I am terrible at it and like to see examples on how others do it. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  14. September 23, 2010 11:55 am

    Great edit!!

  15. September 23, 2010 12:40 pm

    Wow! Look at those BRIGHT EYES! Looks fun. I play with photography, but have never tried my hand at digital processing other than a simple crop here and there. Will have to play!

  16. Sunflowerdiva permalink
    September 23, 2010 12:42 pm

    The edit you made looks great! It really makes his eyes stand out. I looked at his hair in both pictures, but couldn’t find any mistakes even though I was looking for them. Great job! 😀

  17. September 23, 2010 12:47 pm

    Great job. Aren’t layer masks amazing!!

  18. September 23, 2010 12:48 pm

    Great shot! His eyes are so pretty!

  19. September 23, 2010 12:58 pm

    Adorable either way 🙂

  20. September 23, 2010 1:02 pm

    Enjoyed reading your post

  21. September 23, 2010 1:13 pm

    very nice. photo editing is way fun!

  22. September 23, 2010 1:15 pm

    Very nice, and he sure is cute as can be! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!!

  23. September 23, 2010 1:52 pm

    Nice editing on an already great looking pic! Congrats on Freshly Pressed! LB

  24. September 23, 2010 1:58 pm

    Great edit, really pops the color

  25. September 23, 2010 2:43 pm

    that expression is great!

  26. September 23, 2010 2:59 pm

    Classic facial expression.

  27. September 23, 2010 3:54 pm

    Ah gorgeous. Such a simple and captivating photo. My mum has just gotten a briliant camera for her bday, I will show her your fantastic blog!

  28. September 23, 2010 4:02 pm

    Great edit effect you applied to this photo!

  29. September 23, 2010 6:08 pm

    very nice

  30. September 23, 2010 6:51 pm

    adorable! Love the edit! I did not even think it needed it until I scrolled down and saw what you did! Great work!

  31. September 23, 2010 7:07 pm

    Nice Edit!

  32. September 23, 2010 8:48 pm

    Great edit, Robin! You really brightened it up and his sweet blue eyes really stand out now. Cute!

  33. September 23, 2010 11:36 pm

    Cute little kid! And yes, the “after” is so much brighter than the original photo. Nice! 🙂

  34. September 24, 2010 12:18 am

    try selective color. first use a curve, if you want, to ditch the cast. then selective color should do it. you might wanna put a tiny, tiny saturation layer on top once you finish w/ the other–but you probably wouldnt need to do it. nothing needs to be isolated from anything else for color correction in this photo.

    in many ways, i think, it all depends on what kind of colors you like, meaning:
    do you want a blue-white or a yellow-white?
    would you rather have depth pushed in thru higher mid-range &/or dark values–or would you prefer a more uniform tone & sacrifice potential pictorial depth?

    i dont mean to be critical here–these are issues i think about every day i do photoshop. & every day {for almost the last seventeen years}, i do photoshop. whether i am working as a designer or an antiques dealer, or–whatever. there’s a variety of questions like that you will get to eventually, if you do it long enough, & only you will be able to answer them–cos they’re opinion questions, have no wrong/right answers.

    me, i like more depth–but i’d give you a darker, more contrasty photo. you might not want that.

    like everything else, it gets easier, it gets quicker, sometimes it even gets to be too rote.

    best to you–

  35. September 24, 2010 3:11 am

    What beautiful photography. My mum was given a fab camera, and she’s looking to venture into the world of photoshop. I will point her towards your site – it’s great to see what can be done.

    Keep posting!

  36. September 24, 2010 3:33 am

    Nice job! The little angel looks so adorable and looked better after the picture has been edited.

  37. September 24, 2010 4:19 am

    Thanks for the tip. I love to learn something new about PS.

  38. reluctantmom permalink
    September 24, 2010 4:36 am

    Thanks this site is just what I need to kick my arse and do some of my own photo editing ….

  39. September 24, 2010 5:17 am

    I like this picture. So cute ^^!

  40. September 24, 2010 5:23 am

    Great job on that! The little angel looks more adorable after the pic has been edited. You really lighten up (literally) his day! 🙂

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  41. September 24, 2010 6:30 am

    so cute

  42. J. Elle permalink
    September 24, 2010 6:30 am


  43. September 24, 2010 2:10 pm

    I especially love how you’ve kept the color of the sippy cup. Nice demonstration of technique! Thanks!

  44. September 24, 2010 11:10 pm

    great job!!and I like the picture ^^

  45. sayitinasong permalink
    September 26, 2010 5:35 am

    Fabulous editing job! Cute pic!

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