Playing with Photoshop…

by Marylin on February 28, 2010

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.

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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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Lisa Manchester February 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Awww…what sweet photo! Isn’t PS addicting??? LOL! Great job! Have fun!
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Rezika Zurch February 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

how adorable :) You did an awesome job!

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Kelsey February 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Great conversion!

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shanda February 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

ooo I love your edit! What a cute little baby

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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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

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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Thanks Rezika! x

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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 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 :)

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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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

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Charlene Hardy February 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

What a cutie! Great job with your processing, it looks so nice.
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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Thanks Charlene! x

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Kristin February 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Jim and I used Photoshop to sharpen up the photo of Kata Tjuta I used as the new header on my blog. I was amazed at what we could to heighten the contrast and bring out the colors. I had no idea.
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Heather February 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm

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

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MrsW February 28, 2010 at 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…
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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

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

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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Heather! :)

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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Thanks sweety!

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

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Brenda February 28, 2010 at 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.; )
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Marylin February 28, 2010 at 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) ;)

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Veronica February 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Very nice!

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Angela March 1, 2010 at 2:44 am

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

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Kim K. March 1, 2010 at 2:45 am

It looks great!!! Love the sepia!

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monica March 1, 2010 at 3:02 am

You did a great job!!

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toki March 1, 2010 at 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 ;-)

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Kelly Mendoza March 1, 2010 at 6:37 am

He is gorgeous! WTG on your learning :)

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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thanks Angela… that’s the idea! :)

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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thanks Kim! :)

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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thanks Monica. :)

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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

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

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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

Thanks Kelly! :)

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Barbara March 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Good one! It looks great.

I keep meaning to look at photoshop but just never find the time. I’ve heard Gimp is quite good as well.
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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 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. >_<

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Nadia March 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm

aww, cute pic… gorgeous child.. i like that you took out the brand from the bottle, it makes a big difference (to me atleast)
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melissa March 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Great conversion!
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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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

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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Thanks Melissa! :)

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Marylin March 1, 2010 at 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! ;)

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Krissa March 2, 2010 at 12:03 am

Oh, wow! That is awesome! I am truly inspired by you! I can’t wait to see the next one you do!
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Kelly Q. March 2, 2010 at 2:49 am

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

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Zenia March 2, 2010 at 3:36 am

What a cutie pie!
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stephaniegreenwell March 2, 2010 at 5:24 am

what a beautiful baby!

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Marylin March 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thanks sweety! xx

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Marylin March 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

It most definitely is. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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Marylin March 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

Thanks Zenia, I agree although I am eversoslightly biased! ;)

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Marylin March 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

Thanks Stephanie! :)

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Caitlin March 2, 2010 at 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!

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Marylin March 2, 2010 at 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!

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Callista March 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Wow that looks amazing! I need to get photoshop!
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Marylin March 2, 2010 at 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. ;)

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Kelly Klatt March 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Beautiful baby-love those eyes!
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Marylin March 3, 2010 at 12:16 am

Cheers Kelly! :)

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Brunilda March 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Lovely conversion, love the little bit of chocolate color in it.
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Andrea March 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Beautiful – what a cutie. And great job!
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Marylin March 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Andrea! :)

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Marylin March 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm

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

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Fabiana March 4, 2010 at 5:55 am

Those eyes are to DIE for. What a doll.

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Tina @ Life Without Pink March 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

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.

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Marylin March 4, 2010 at 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!

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Marylin March 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

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

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Momisodes March 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

His eyes are so captivating. I love what you did with this pic!
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Marylin March 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Aww thanks sweety! xx

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Life with Kaishon March 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Your baby is SO adorable : ) I have to go and see how he looks now since that is 2 years old! : )
I have the hardest time with photoshop! It looks like you are a magician.
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Marylin March 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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

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ck March 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Wow. That inspires me to want to learn photoshop! (Of course, you DID start off with an adorable shot. :)
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Marylin March 9, 2010 at 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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