Friday, April 17, 2009

i <3 faces: fix-it friday

I have in the past actually downloaded the pictures for fix-it friday... but then somewhere along the way threw it all away getting annoyed with the project for one reason or another. However, today, I did not feel such annoyance. Instead, this was a little like therapy for me. Maybe it's the fact that I've been trying to learn so much about working with raw files that working with a jpg was like a breath of fresh air... :)

This was the original:

I actually really liked the crop on this picture, so I chose not to change that part from the original. After a few adjustments this is what I came up with for color:

I use photoshop cs3 and I have a few actions that i just love using.

Here's what I did for the color one:
boutwell magic glasses (tra action) - 100%
fresh and colorful (pioneer woman action) - saturation 40%, soft light 100%, light 25%
brightness - +20
contrast - +30

Then the black and white conversion was actually a little more difficult than I thought. Since the original didn't have a lot of depth or contrast, I ended up adding quite a bit to make it stand out without being too contrasty (in my opinion)

black and white boutwell magic glasses (tra action)
contrast - +50
bitchin bw - (tra action)
contrast - +30

Then there is this for comparison

If you like this and would like to try it yourself, head on over to I <3> and check it out!


4 extraordinary comments:

Melinda April 17, 2009 at 3:28 PM  

Beautiful edits!! I love the fact that you didn't do any cropping to the original yet had such a dramatic change!

Caroline April 17, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

Really nice edits - both of them :D

Shae April 18, 2009 at 12:38 AM  

I like the b/w one the best. nice job.

drewmark19 April 18, 2009 at 9:18 AM  

I like how they are not overdone but the colors are richer and draw the eye more. Very nice!

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