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Fix-it-Friday #85

04 Feb

It’s the end of the week… and that means it’s time for another

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Today’s original image was a real fixer-upper!

Original Photo - resized for web

The easiest way to fix this image – assuming you really really want to save it – is to do a black and white conversion. For people, I tend to prefer the red-filter black and white conversion. Here is the result of that particular method.

red filter black and white

Red Filter Black and White

I think that turning this image black and white is like taking the easy way out though. If you’ve got the time, you can always try to salvage the image in color. That’s what I did today. Here’s the breakdown on exactly what I did to this image in an attempt to save it in color.

1. Open File in photoshop CS5.
2. go to IMAGE/ADJUSTMENTS/COLOR BALANCE: highlights @ +3,+3,+3 midtones @ -23,+8,0 shadows @ -4,-7,-8
*For the step above I was concentrating on the backgrounds colors – not the subject yet.
3. Command + J – duplicates layer.
4. IMAGE/ADJUSTMENTS/HUE&SATURATION: Hue@+4, Saturation @-14, Lightness@+8 and click ‘ok’.
5. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
6. Florabella Luxe Action Set – Sharpen/Defog.
7. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
8. Totally Rad Action Set – Cool as a Cucumber.
9. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
10. Wonderland Action Set – Reduce Skin Reds.
11. Apply a layer mask to that layer, & Command + i – inverts the mask (making it black)
12. Paint with a soft white brush on the mask the skin of subject. I used a smallish brush at 100% opacity. (I like to make sure the skin is covered evenly with this mask. That’s why it’s at full opacity. THEN~
13. Adjust overall layer opacity to 50%.
14. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
15. MCP Action Set – Eye Doctor – to taste on all layers in action.

– SO HERE’S WHERE WE SIT SO FAR –

16. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
17. Paint the Moon Free Action – Sugar Cookies.
18. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
19. Totally Rad Action – Derelicte @ 46% opacity.
20. FILTER/Totally Rad Actions Dirty Pictures (this is a plug-in) – used Roxy Giltterhips texture at 78%. Brushed over the face with 30% opacity brush on the auto generated mask layer of texture.
21. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
22. Totally Rad Action – Bitchin’ Black and White – Group opacity @ 23%.
23. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
24. Crop.
25. Totally Rad Action – Beer Goggles: Using the radial gradient tool on the mask layer, masked in the head. Whole group opacity @55%.
26. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
27. Totally Rad Action – Slice it like a Ninja @ 100%.
28. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
29. Florabella Action – Sun and Lensflare (left): Turned the ‘sun’ layer off, and ‘gradient tone’ layer down to 7% opacity.
30. Flatten Layers and then take a snapshot in the ‘History’ pallet.
31. Wonderland Action Set – Retro – 70’s Beat: Group @ 65% opacity.

-DONE- YAY!!! =D
Here’s the finished product:

fix it friday edit by squeekphoto.com

I know this was another long one… but there was really no short way in my mind to do this and keep it in color. Feel free to leave me a comment telling me what you think of this image edit/breakdown. I’d love to see what you do with it too! (drop me a link in the comments if you like).

Have a great weekend!!! =D

~Squeek!

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2 Comments

Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Photography

 

2 responses to “Fix-it-Friday #85

  1. Laura

    February 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you for the very detailed description (and the screen shot – awesome!). I did Fix it Friday today and it was my first time. Very fun. Nice job BTW!

     
  2. thatgirlblogs

    February 6, 2011 at 3:05 am

    To my untrained eye, the color version looked a little washed out — but my own attempts were not at all successful, so I can’t talk! Beauty-ful job, and great info. Thanks!

     

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