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.

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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! :)

64 Comments

  1. how adorable :) You did an awesome job!

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  2. Great conversion!

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  3. ooo I love your edit! What a cute little baby

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  4. 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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  5. Thanks Rezika! x

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Thanks Charlene! x

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

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  10. 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 ..http://clinicallyfedup.com/?p=2603“ rel=”nofollow”>#donotfeed: Aahrr thar she blows =-.

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

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  12. Thanks Heather! :)

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  13. Thanks sweety!

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

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  14. 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. =-.

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

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  17. It looks great!!! Love the sepia!

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  18. You did a great job!!

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  19. 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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  20. Thanks Angela… that’s the idea! :)

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

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

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  24. Thanks Melissa! :)

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

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  27. Thanks sweety! xx

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

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

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  30. Thanks Stephanie! :)

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Beautiful baby-love those eyes!
    .-= Kelly Klatt´s last blog ..paparazzi style…wedding photography =-.

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

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  36. Those eyes are to DIE for. What a doll.

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. Thanks Fabiana – I love his eyes too – they’re even more gorgeous in person! ;)

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  40. Aww thanks sweety! xx

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  41. 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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  42. 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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