Playing with Photoshop…

Just because I haven’t been picking up my camera as much over the icky weather doesn’t mean I don’t still have plenty I could do!

Here’s a photo I took almost 2 years ago, when Max was 5 months old. SOOC:

It’s pretty dark, although his eyes are actually in focus (!!!). He’s got some scratches on his face, and the writing on the bottle bothers me…

So… I did this:

I lightened up the whole photo using curves.

Then I made the eyes pop (thank you Clickin Moms for a tutorial about that… I heart you!).

I played about with a few OTSS actions till I decided on this one, Vanilla Coffee from the Fall in Love set.

I cloned out the Tommee Tippee logo as it was distracting me…

and last but not least I cropped and sharpened for web.


The whole process took about 15 minutes.

For me that’s pretty good, considering I don’t have a clue what I’m doing most days!

I had loads of fun choosing a photo back from my archives… I don’t do it often enough!

When was the last time you had a look in yours? I challenge you to find an old photo you didn’t do much with and see what you can come up with in photoshop, it’s a great way to get out of a slump. 🙂

Hope you all had a good weekend! 🙂

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  1. February 28, 2010 / 5:08 pm

    how adorable 🙂 You did an awesome job!

  2. February 28, 2010 / 5:17 pm

    Great conversion!

  3. February 28, 2010 / 5:18 pm

    ooo I love your edit! What a cute little baby

  4. February 28, 2010 / 5:21 pm

    It certainly is, I’m even starting to feel like I know what I’m doing! Well… a bit at least. 😉

  5. February 28, 2010 / 5:22 pm

    Thanks Rezika! x

  6. February 28, 2010 / 5:22 pm

    Thanks Kelsey! I know some people can do these without thinking about em, and I will one day… but for now I’m pretty pleased with myself! lol 🙂

  7. February 28, 2010 / 5:24 pm

    Thanks so much Shanda! 🙂 He’s almost 2 and a half now… I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone!

  8. February 28, 2010 / 5:39 pm

    Thanks Charlene! x

  9. Heather
    February 28, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    Great job on the PS! Adorable picture, what a cutie!

  10. February 28, 2010 / 7:39 pm

    It was pretty dang good to start with but I love the edit – if I delved into the black hole that is my “archive” I might never be seen again…
    .-= MrsW´s last blog ..“ rel=”nofollow”>#donotfeed: Aahrr thar she blows =-.

  11. February 28, 2010 / 7:44 pm

    I was amazed at what it can do too, and I’m just starting to scratch the surface with it! 🙂

  12. February 28, 2010 / 7:44 pm

    Thanks Heather! 🙂

  13. February 28, 2010 / 7:45 pm

    Thanks sweety!

    I love having a wee look through iPhoto now and then to pick out some oldies. 🙂

  14. February 28, 2010 / 8:29 pm

    Very nice work, Marilyn. Thanks for the tips and the links. I am hopeless as well when it comes to photo beautifications and such.; )
    .-= Brenda´s last blog ..I love Fe and Fe loves me. Life is good. =-.

  15. February 28, 2010 / 8:41 pm

    Thanks Brenda! I’m hoping to do some more of this type of post, it’s fun and I’m learning while I do it! (It’s all about me after all… hehe) 😉

  16. March 1, 2010 / 2:44 am

    That is awesome. The more you do it the faster you will get. Never stop learning.

  17. March 1, 2010 / 2:45 am

    It looks great!!! Love the sepia!

  18. March 1, 2010 / 3:02 am

    You did a great job!!

  19. March 1, 2010 / 6:28 am

    wow, what a difference!! i love how you converted it to b&w and brightened up the overall image. nice cropping too!!! what a sweetheart, by the way 😉

  20. March 1, 2010 / 10:11 am

    Thanks Angela… that’s the idea! 🙂

  21. March 1, 2010 / 10:11 am

    Thanks Monica. 🙂

  22. March 1, 2010 / 10:18 am

    Thank you! I just can’t believe I took this photo TWO years ago!! Where has the time gone eh? 🙂

  23. March 1, 2010 / 1:50 pm

    Thanks sweety! I never liked Gimp… but maybe that’s cause I started with photoshop ele? Plus there are a TON of tutorials for PS and PSE whereas there aren’t as many for gimp. >_<

  24. March 1, 2010 / 10:47 pm

    Thanks Nadia! The brand name was bugging me too… I *heart* the clone tool! lol 🙂

  25. March 1, 2010 / 10:48 pm

    Thanks Melissa! 🙂

  26. March 1, 2010 / 10:50 pm

    Thanks sweety. 🙂

    hmph, for some reason your comment got marked as spam… how dare akismet think you’re spam!! You’re more like a juicy steak! 😉

  27. March 2, 2010 / 2:49 am

    It is amazing what can be done in photoshop is it not?! Beautiful picture!

  28. March 2, 2010 / 10:11 am

    It most definitely is. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  29. March 2, 2010 / 10:12 am

    Thanks Zenia, I agree although I am eversoslightly biased! 😉

  30. March 2, 2010 / 10:12 am

    Thanks Stephanie! 🙂

  31. March 2, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m just learning PS and I really appreciate it when people share step by step info!

  32. March 2, 2010 / 3:43 pm

    Anytime! I’m only just starting out… there are LOADS of resources out there with step-by-step guides, especially on youtube!

  33. March 2, 2010 / 6:30 pm

    Thanks Callista, it’s a great thing to improve photos with. Photoshop Elements will do everything I did there, other than the curves thing, but there are other ways of brightening photos anyway. 😉

  34. Kelly Klatt
    March 2, 2010 / 7:18 pm

    Beautiful baby-love those eyes!

  35. March 3, 2010 / 8:27 pm

    Thanks so much! I love the chocolate colouring too… much like I love real chocolate! 😉

  36. March 4, 2010 / 12:42 am

    First thank you for commenting on my blog. It made me feel better about my day yesterday!

    I am booking marketing this for when I have time. I have an awesome camera and photoshop and don’t know how to use it {its only been like 4 yrs}! I think its about time. Thanks for sharing.

  37. March 4, 2010 / 5:55 am

    Those eyes are to DIE for. What a doll.

  38. March 4, 2010 / 1:28 pm

    Any time Tina. I know how hard it can be on your own all day long with 2 boisterous little guys running riot! If you really want to get more out of your camera, I *really* recommend Clickin Moms (the badge for it is over on the right there). It’s a private forum (very cheap though) so you can share your images without having to worry about them being used by someone else, and *such* a great place for learning. I’ve come on leaps and bounds since I joined in June last year! 😉

    If you google MCP Actions Blog you’ll find anther great resource. Also there’s Digital Photography School which is an awesome blog with anything and everything about photography in there!

  39. March 4, 2010 / 1:28 pm

    Thanks Fabiana – I love his eyes too – they’re even more gorgeous in person! 😉

  40. March 5, 2010 / 8:59 pm

    Aww thanks sweety! xx

  41. March 6, 2010 / 7:37 pm

    Thanks so much! There is *so* much you can do with photoshop… I’m just starting to get there with it. 😉

  42. March 9, 2010 / 1:09 pm

    Hehe that I did… mind you it took a *lot* of photos of him there to get one decent one! The beauty of digital photography… 😉

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