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Shoot and Edit: Yellow edit

Shoot and Edit: Yellow edit

March 18, 2011 Sarah Coggins

I had a lot of fun playing with this little ducky.  I love his worn look and am really happy with how the edit came out.

Here are my steps …

  • Levels – set white and black points.  Adjusted input and output levels until they “looked” right.
  • Duplicated background layer and used high pass filter.
  • New adjustment layer – curves.
  • Merged all layers.
  • Duplicated background layer and applied Gaussian Blur.
  • New adjustment layer – levels.  Set white and black points.  Tweaked RGB.
  • New adjustment layer – brightness/contrast.
  • New adjustment layer – color balance.
  • Merged all layers.

Then I followed Ashley’s instructions this week for adding sun flare with a few tweaks…

  • Created 3 duplicate layers of the background layer and renamed each starting from the bottom: lens flare, lighten and contrast.
  • Selected the contrast layer.  Changed the blending mode to soft light and lowered opacity to 70%.
  • Selected the lighten layer.  Changed the blending mode to screen and lowered opacity to 50%.
  • Selected the lens flare layer.  Filter>Render>Lens Flare.  I tried the different types of lens flare options and ended up with 105mm Prime at 100%.  I lowered the layer opacity to 75%.
  • Selected the lighten layer.  Added a new adjustment layer – levels.  Adjusted the input and output levels slightly.  Lowered the layer opacity to 78%.
  • Selected the contrast layer.  Added a new adjustment layer – photo filter.  Applied warming filter 81 at 25% density.  Checked preserve luminosity.
  • Added a solid fill layer using color #F4F6DF.  Blending mode soft light.  Layer opacity 9%.
  • Duplicated the solid fill layer.  Changed the blending mode to screen and lowered the layer opacity to 4%.
  • Merged all layers.

Finally I followed Ashley’s steps from last week regarding sharpening to improve my image for the web.  Here’s the final edit:

Shoot and Edit: Yellow edit

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  • Ashley Sisk March 18, 2011 at 8:49 am
    I really like what you've done - much warmer!
  • Bonnie March 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    Sarah, I'm always amazed at the difference the editing makes in your photos! This is no exception!
  • emily March 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    Th edits made a huge difference! I like how you are documenting exactly what you did....I can't remember when I finish what I did. I should write it down:)
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