FacesFixIt

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. 

Ben-and-Dad

 

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! 

 

Ben-and-Dad_fix

 

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…


Ben-and-Dad_fix_bw2

 

Ben-and-Dad_fix_bw

 

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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Originally published on December 4, 2009. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto

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16 Comments

  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 =-.

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