This week's "Fix-It" photo over at "I Heart Faces" was so adorable. Initially I really had no idea where to begin because frankly the photo looks quite well untouched! Here is the original.
I spent only a few minutes tweaking it and found that despite a wonderful photo to begin with there was great potential with it for post-processing. Here is my finished result
How I edited this photo:
- I upped the exposure and gamma slightly
- Increased the brightness very slightly and upped the contrast
- Added a layer mask of a yellow rectangle covering the whole image. For that rectangle I reduced its opacity to about 30 percent and gave it an inner shadow that I enlarged to almost as big as it would go.
- A warming filter was added
- Brightness and contrast were both upped slightly again, but not on the baby's bodies (I created a layer mask)
- The color curve was tweaked and increased in the midtones.
- Levels were adjusted using a layer mask so more was done to the background and less to the babies.
- Color balance was adjusted to remove some excess yellows and add a little more blue to the image.
- Ever so light "dodging" was done to the chin/mouths to help alleviate the shadows and slight darker pigment around them
I think this photo turned out absolutely beautifully. Don't you?
And I did a couple other edits using the finished one from above.
You can click on all the photos to view a larger image.
Black and White, with an upped contrast from the finished image
Vintage/Ocean wash. Lovely blue tones and vintage look added.
To see all of this week's "Fix-It Friday" entries please visit the "I Heart Faces" site!