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Fix-It Friday #33 – Andrea Riley’s Contribution


(Before to After)

I thought last week’s fix-it was tough until Carebear upped the ante.  :)  The photo this week has similar issues to last week:  extremely overexposed and underexposed areas.  I can see why a mom would want to save this picture, though.  Just look at that expression on Little Beast’s face!  There wasn’t much I could do about the overexposed areas, so my goal was to remove as much overexposed area as possible and lighten up the underexposed areas.  I tried so many things on this photo, that I’m not sure whether I’ll remember every step.  Here’s a run-down of what I remember:

1.  The first thing I did was reduce the noise using the free Community version of Noiseware.

2.  Adjusted hue to remove some of the pinks.

3.  Filled in the overexposed portion of the cheek by duplicating the layer, using the healing brush tool heavily on the top layer and then reducing the opacity to blend in with the lower layer.  This creates a more natural look.

4.  I flattened the layers. I duplicated the layer twice and changed the middle layer to screen blending mode.  I then created a layer’s mask (free action from Coffeeshop) on the top layer and brushed in the shadowed layer to lighten it up.   (Then flatten)

5.  With the lightening up, I found that this poor boy was getting what looked like age spots.  I hate to create blur in a picture that lacks sharpness, but I needed to downplay the brown spots.  I again duplicated the layer twice.  On the middle layer I used Gaussian blur until the skin looked smoother but not overly fake.  Again, I created a layer’s mask on the top layer, and brought in the blur just in spots that needed it.  I did my best to stay away from areas that needed the sharpness.  (When done, flatten.)

6.  I ran the new (free) S-Curve action from Coffeeshop and reduced the opacity.  I feel this action adds a bit of warmth to the picture.

7.  I then cropped the picture to eliminate some of the severely overexposed sections of the picture.

8.  I touched up sections of the photo with the blur tool to help downplay some of the noise that remained.

9.  Finally, I used a free Defog action to sharpen up the picture overall.


I have been waiting for the perfect picture to create a particular scrapbook page.  I’ve had a look at the upcoming fix-its, and this one fits the bill the best.  I created a scrapbook page based on this inspiration:

I used a tutorial from my favorite digital scrapbooking store, Designer DigitalsCassie Jones writes tutorials that focus on different scrapbooking techniques.  I was afraid when I bought this that I wouldn’t learn anything new.  I was wrong!  This tutorial taught me shortcuts for some things I was already doing, and I also learned a few new things along the way.  Another cool thing is that included with the tutorial are all the elements (designed by Katie Pertiet) you need to mimic the exact layout that Cassie creates.

The tutorial comes in PDF format, and it is very detailed.  This particular tutorial was 35 pages long!  Don’t let that intimidate you. It’s not all directions.  There are tips, explanations of Photoshop tools, and just tons of useful information.  The directions are given to be done in Elements or the full version of Photoshop.  I think this kit was worth the price I paid just to get the blanket stitching and the border clip mask.  The regular cost is $7.99, but I bought this for cheaper when Designer Digitals was having a sale, which they do periodically.
So here’s the result of mine.  Keep in mind that I’m learning.  :)  I ended up using the free Dinner party scrapbooking kit from Shabby Princess because the colors matched better with this photo.  I also adjusted some of the materials included in the kit so that they would match better.
Oh, and in my typical stalker-like fashion, I scoured Carebear’s site for more pictures of her little guy.

 scrapbook 2
Look at some of Cassie’s other the cool tutorials!  (And nope, I do not receive compensation for loving Designer Digitals.  Everything I use, I purchase.)

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  • Jennifer Bowen - You just rock when it comes to Fix-It Fridays, Drew! And I love those scrapbook pages. I really want No. 3 Laying It All Out. It's just my style! =)ReplyCancel

  • SKELLER - Drew-
    you never fail to awe me with your FIFs. You truly have an artistic touch!

    Also, do you know that everytime I visit your blog I have to sit thru your entire flash header? Every. single. time. I love the photos you've loaded into your header!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - That's a brilliant edit – I haven't even started on mine yet… and the day is nearly done!ReplyCancel

  • Catharine - I think you did a fantastic job and used the actions well!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - you're my FIF hero!ReplyCancel

  • Marice - those are really great photos! great job!

    u may view mine if u have timeReplyCancel

  • Amy - Another great edit, Drew. Your scrapbooking skills ARE TOTALLY INTIMIDATING. 😉ReplyCancel

  • wenderful - Awesome as always! I love, love, love your scrapbook pages. You are so talented! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Awesome fix! I loved reading about your process too!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Great fix! I noticed you are from Ohio- what area? I am in Ohio as well :)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - You're SO smart! I'm jealous :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - You're Fix it Friday is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Pam D - That was one hard pic to fix. Didn't even put my fix up, because it wasn't great. But you did an awesome job, and then you put it in the scrapbook layout, which made it really work. Oh,and I LOVE your rotating header.. those pictures are fabulous. I bow to the queen of FIF… and blog makeovers.. and scrapbook layouts… whew. Must be one heavy crown…ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - You are really amazing.
    I saw this on my phone and didn't comment but I wanted to comment tonight Ms. Andrea Riley : )ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - I know you will come up with something marvelous with costumes! You are creative and brilliant and marvelous! : )

    I got the room! Oh yes I did!ReplyCancel

  • Carly - wow, great job with the light! I can't even tell that there was a shadow. Love the scrap-booking!ReplyCancel

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