Friday, October 30, 2009

Fix-It-Friday Photo

Over at the I Heart Photography blog, every Friday they post a photo that needs to be "fixed". So I decided to try my hand at the following image, which by the way looked pretty good straight out of the camera (SOOC).

This is my first fix. The image was edited in Photoshop CS3. I started out with a Levels Adjustment followed by a Curves Adjustment, increasing the highlights and decreasing the shadows. I done this twice. Next, I used the Spot Healing brush and the Patch tool to get rid of the spots on her legs. Then, I used the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to bring out the colors in the tutu. Next, I ran the Eye Doctor Action from MCP Actions specifically enhancing the catchlights, whitening the whites and sharpening the eyes. Slight crop and sharpen.
*forgot to add that I used the patch tool to reduce shadows and bags under eyes.

I always try convert an image to black and white. I gotta say I liked the Black and White conversion a whole lot more. I started from the above photo and Desaturated the layer. I then did another curves adjustment bringing down the highlights and shadows trying to create more contrast. I have to say that I also learned about curves through MCP Actions blog. In addition to selling Actions, she also offers online classes. Finally, I cropped the photo then I used unsharp mask to sharpen it again and to create a little noise. The End.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Beautifully done! Both photos you've successfully executed,nice crop on the second edit, brings a whole new perspective with a close-up crop...

    Aloha from hawaii!! :)

  2. Love both edits, the color pops so nicely in the first one, and the crop in the second one is beautiful!

  3. i just really love this little girl in black and white. so beautiful!

    my edits are posted now, too. feel free to come on over and visit anytime :O).

  4. You did a really great job! I thought the little girl was such a cutie!


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