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Shoot and Edit: Mother’s Day edit

May 13, 2011 Sarah Coggins

Now that Blogger is sort of up and running again (hoping yesterday’s post eventually reappears), I can finally share my edited photo for this week. It took me a number of steps including playing with the suggested gradient mapping twice! I’m not sure if this was the most direct way to get from SOOC to edit, but I am pleased with the results.

  • Adjusted levels.
  • New adjustment layer – Brightness/Contrast. Tweaked slightly.
  • Merged layers.
  • New adjustment layer – Gradient Map. I selected an existing purple/blue/green/orange option. Lowered the layer opacity to 10% and changed the blending mode to linear light.
  • Merged layers.
  • New adjustment layer – Hue/Saturation. I increased the saturation a bit.
  • New adjustment layer – Gradient Map. This time I selected the black & white option. Lowered the layer opacity to 30% and then erased the noodles. This let the vivid colors of the noodles shine through and toned down the wood color a bit bringing it closer to it’s color in real life.

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  • Sarah May 15, 2011 at 9:11 am
    Great edit! Hope you had a great Mother's day!
  • Ashley Sisk May 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    Really nice job - nice and easy.
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