It wasn’t until I started I Heart Faces and got into photography that I realized most photos you see are NOT straight out of the camera. I knew there was airbrushing, blurring of the backgrounds and switching of heads involved because I had done that in my graphic design business. It was the actions, overlays and textures that I didn’t know about.

Photographers these days have a lot of tricks to make photos look better. That’s why we started Fix-It Friday, where you take an ordinary photo and give it that WOW factor. It’s fun to see what a bunch of people do to the same photo!

This is the original photo that was submitted this week. It’s a great photo, but a little muddy looking and has a really cool tone to it. 



Here are some edits I made in Photoshop. I won’t go into details, but basically I tilted the photo so his head was straight, gave it a warmer tone, sharpened his eyes and mouth, then added those cool light dots we call “Bokeh” to the background. If you watch movies, you’ll notice them everywhere in the background! 




I recently met Patti Brown who has the coolest textures and overlays. She gave me her Kaleidoscope Collection to try out and I love the Bokeh overlays because I can’t always get that to work in my photos. I think this middle photo is my favorite…





Go visit I Heart Faces to see what our awesome contributing photographers did to this photo, then add your own. It’s so fun!

Have a great weekend! – Amy


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  1. nice work!
    i never thought sharpening only parts of a picture. i like the first one. but sepia is alittle bit more artistic!

  2. I really have to spend some time – after the holidays – learning Photoshop. I really just use the autofix and crop tool. I want to learn how to take my artwork and be able to change the colors, backgrounds, etc.
    Actually, I want to be able to, say, paint a dragon, drop it into a castle painting, or add a unicorn. Things like that. I just need to really play. Or take a course, I guess.
    .-= Colleen @ Mural Maker and More´s last blog ..Free Christmas Painting Project! =-.

  3. Beautiful! I tried rotating but couldn’t get an angle that I liked..you did it perfectly. Love the bokeh (although I have to say that I’m addicted to what comes out of my “nifty 50” lens and have no way to do it in editing… I envy your Photoshop skilz!). But it’s the eyes that you really did well… I love the middle edit but also LOVE his eyes in the first one. I bow before the master…..
    .-= Pam D´s last blog ..Fix It Friday–Big Eyes =-.

  4. LOVELY! I love how you angled the picture!
    .-= Jessica Jensen´s last blog ..Fix it Friday # 38 =-.

  5. Absolutly LOVE the middle edit – the colours are amazing & the crop & tilt is really effective 😀 TBH I’m not too sure about the bokeh overlay, but that’s prob’ just me 😉
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..I ? Faces – Fix it Friday – #38- Baby Blue =-.

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