Thursday, June 30, 2011

Editing Tutorial

Today I'm going to show you exactly how I edited a photo.

First, here is my image *SOOC {straight-out-of-the-camera}:

029 by mommytography365, on Pix-O-Sphere

While I was lying in the grass taking multiple shots, in my mind I set up the shot using the Rule of Thirds {RO3}. Our dog was looking to the right, so I wanted more space on the right hand side of the frame.

After downloading the picture off of my SD card & viewing it in PS7, I wanted to increase/highlight the RO3. So I cropped off a portion of the left side:

029cropRO3 by mommytography365, on Pix-O-Sphere

This really draws the eye to the dog & makes you wonder what the dog is looking at.

Next, I sharpened the image by going to Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask. When the box pops up, make sure the Preview box is checked & scroll the image in the box to a portion of the image that you can see well. The values that I used on this particular image are Amount {65%} - Radius {1.0 pixels} - Threshold {1 levels}. The percentage amount of your particular image will vary.

029filtersharpenunsharpenmask65threshhold1 by mommytography365, on Pix-O-Sphere

Then, I adjust the curves. Under the Layers tab, click the half-black-half-white circle. This brings up the Curves window. With the Channel tab at the top under RGB, I adjusted the curves to the Input=193 & Output=216. This is the outcome.

029input193output216curves by mommytography365, on Pix-O-Sphere

Next, I want to highlight the dog & center of the picture by using the Touch-of-Light/Touch-of-Dark Action. Under the Actions Tab, I find the TOL/TOD Action & run it. The center portion of the picture is already light enough, so I don't highlight it any more {using the Touch-of-Light layer}. I use the #300 soft brush to darken the edges of the picture {under the Touch-of-Dark layer}. The opacity is set at 66%.

029TLTD66dark0lite by mommytography365, on Pix-O-Sphere

Finally, I resize my image for web use & add my watermark on a new layer & lower the opacity "to taste". Image -> Resize Image -> {make sure the "Constrain Proportions" box is checked} Then my variables are always Resolution=72 pixels/inch & Width=700 pixels.

029wm by mommytography365, on Pix-O-Sphere

So here's the before & after.

029beforeafter by mommytography365, on Pix-O-Sphere

*The only change that has been made that is not listed in the editing steps is resizing of all of the images shown above to best fit on the blog.


Kristal said...

Nice job.

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