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Shoot and Edit: Red edit

February 5, 2011 Sarah Coggins

I followed along with Ashley’s tutorial as I edited my photo.  My first steps were to adjust the levels and add a duplicate layer with the high pass filter.

I duplicated the background layer again and used the noise filter, but quickly got rid of it.  It softened the lines in the paint strokes and the little lines on Dylan’s hands – both I liked a lot and make the photo so I wanted to leave them alone.

My next step was to add a hue/saturation adjustment layer.  I left the hue alone.  Lowered the saturation to -13 and the lightness to -1.  I then duplicated the layer.  Changed the new layer to “saturation” mode.  Adjusted the master hue/saturation settings (-8, -8, -16) and the red settings (-4, +29, +2).

I added a brightness/contrast adjustment layer (-11, +10) and a gradient adjustment layer.  I used the black/white gradient at 100% opacity.  I changed the layer’s mode to soft light and the opacity to 25%.

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  • Ashley Sisk February 5, 2011 at 11:07 am
    I really like what you've done here with your edit and I appreciate you walking through your steps - if nothing else, it'll help you remember what you did for future edits. :)
  • Jill - FNA Photography February 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    you did this perfectly! great job!
  • Bonnie February 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    What a difference the editing makes! Love all that red!
  • zippitypow February 6, 2011 at 11:34 am
    Wow, what a fabulous shot! I appreciate reading your choices: I am still trying to figure out why I'm doing what I'm doing!
  • leavesnbloom February 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    What a great edit - and so easy to follow your steps. I too sometimes don't do a noise reduction as it just takes away far too much of the detail.

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