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Friday, December 3, 2010

I Heart Faces - Fix It Friday

It's amazing what you can find hopping from blog to blog!

I found this site and well since my almost favorite thing to do is edit pictures the Fix It Friday challenge is perfect for me!  I love playing around with textures and filters and such and this little girl was just flat out gorgeous!

Check out the site, they do this every Friday so we can all play along, there are very few rules and lots of fun!

This is the before photograph:

For my first edit (Using Corel Paint Shop Pro IV - since I can't afford Photoshop!) I first used an image effect to go black and white photo and fiddled around with the brightness and contrast.

Then using layers I added color to her hair, eyes and lips.  Another layer for color on the flower on her top.  Finally a layer to add touches of green to the background.

The next step was to select the area of the background and do a soft focus filter.

I went back to the orginal image and did a "one step photo fix" to smooth it out.

Finally, I added the little stars via brush because she looks like a little beauty to me!

For the next edit, I started out by adjusting the brightness, bringing it way down, and upping the contrast to really accentuate her face.  Cropped out most of the background for the same purpose.

Did a clone brush on the lining of her jacket so it would blend in and not detract from the full image.

Using layers I added some blonde highlights to her ponytails, popped the eyecolor a bit and added a little flush to her cheeks and nose to add a little bit of a "wintry" feel to the overall image.

My last edit, I went a different direction and started off adding a sepia filter.  Adjusted the bightness and contrast, added some color layers that's about it, other than mirroring the image which oddly gives that sassy look a little umph!

Think you can do something fun with her?  Go here and check out the rules, download the photo and get to editing!  This was a blast!


Eschelle said...

I love the second one!! But i really love the little leaf accents you put in the first one too.

AJ said...

Great work! I've never gotten the hang of photo editing.

AubrieAnne said...

Those look great, Donna. I remember spending hours every week doing just this when I was a Graphic Design major. Digital manipulation was always my favorite thing to do because it allowed for so much creative freedom.

DawnZhang said...

OMG beautiful. I am surrounded with such versatile geniuses. :P Brilliant work Donna. You and Aubrie are loaded with tons of work once I think of publishing a book :P

Kate said...

Wow Donna! I never heard of that. I have Photoshop but believe me even that is stressful, it doesn't make editing easy haha. You did such a beautiful job on these pictures, it looks like so much fun!

Thanks for sharing. xoxo

djpr said...

Thanks for all the comments! I did have a ton of fun playing around with these. It's really cool when you can just do stuff for the fun of it without worrying about if someone isn't going to like it, or what have you! This is definitely going to be one of my weekly stops. Since MySpace went kaflooey I haven't been able to do as much with graphic manipulation as I'd like to. I used to do layouts for people and that was a blast! Just when I got good enough to start getting paid for the work, they changed the whole thing so you can't really do the whole css thing anymore which makes me pout. S'ok though, things like this are more fun and the subject matter is a lot prettier too!

<3 Donna

Sofia's Ideas said...

WOW! I love the sepia toned one! Amazing! I wish I had a program, I wonder if my mac has something on it already? I did a sepia tone on the pic I have up right now (you'll see it on my front page) but it does not look nearly as nice as what you did here!

I'm now following you through the Boost My Blog Friday Blog Hop! I hope you'll do the same! You can find & follow me @

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