I cleaned my van today thoroughly and was so happy to find a missing memory card…from Halloween. Maybe I should clean my van more often.This photo of my sister and my daughter was on the card. It was my favorite shot of the night.
I had to dig deep to find photos of sun flare. This is terribly composed but a very real moment. Jordyn has been driving the mini 4-wheeler since before she turned 2. (See the blocks for her feet?) Don’t worry. She was very well supervised with daddy close by her side. Normally, she would also be wearing a helmet, but we held off for a couple minutes to capture some photos. You should see the photos after we made her get off the 4-wheeler. She is not a happy camper when she has to share!
3. I was fortunate to get to test MCP’s new Fusion set for Elements & Photoshop. I used her One Click Color. This is a great action for making all those tweaks that would normally take quite a bit of time. I adjusted some layers and turned some off until I got the look I wanted.
5. To soften up under the eyes, I flattened all layers and then duplicated the layer. I sampled the skin color near her eyes and then painted over the shadows. I then reduced the opacity of the layer until the look was natural
6. I sharpened the eyes using Unsharp Mask.
7. The photo seemed off balance, so I expanded the canvas at the top and used the healing brush to add “grass”.
8. I used Florabella’s Vintage Urban action and reduced the opacity
9. The photo had gotten rather bright, so I used the Brightness/Contrast sliders to adjust the brightness more to my liking.
10. Finally, I resized the photo and used Unsharp Mask to sharpen for the web.