Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Little PSE Before and After

My photos usually need a bit of help to look their best (don't we all?) So here's a "before and after" of a photo I took today at a school playground.
First the before:
I had shot some pictures earlier this morning and changed my white balance to tungsten and had forgotten to change it back. Ugh, nearly every photo I shot at the sunny playground made my children look like Violet Beauregarde after she chomped on Wonka's chewing gum. But when I did an adjustment for skin tone, it altered the beautiful vibrant blue of the sky. Enter a handy tool I just learned last week in a new CK special issue. Using the Magic Extractor tool under Image, I was able to get Maddox on a separate layer from the sky (be sure to create a dupe layer first). Once he was his own layer, I could adjust his skin tone to its normal color (too bad I couldn't help poor Violet this easily) and keep the sky the vibrant blue that it was. I also used the Clone Stamp tool in the side bar to get rid of the unsightly monkey bar in the lower right corner. This is one of my favorite tools, that and the Spot Healing Brush, which I seem to need on pics of me a LOT lately! Here's the final, and much improved picture:

I used the same Magic Extractor tool to extract Camden's bandana in this photo, and change the rest of the photo to B&W. Super cool stuff! Try out the Magic Extractor on one of your photos. It's so easy, even I can do it (plus, there are great instructions in PSE when you open the tool!)


~Sasha Farina~ said...

that is just so cool! that bandana just my kind of color!

Kym Dufault said...

Hi Michelle- How great for you! I can imagine how over the moon you are about being featured! Good for you!I love the new self portrait! How cute! The bag is just too sweet! Your post about little man....I now have a huge lump in my beautifully put! I think I need to get PSE! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great night!!! Kym

Life Made Creations said...

Thanks so much Kym, for all of your kind words. I do love Photoshop Elements for photo editing. It took me some time to get the hang of it, and I know I'm just skimming the surface of all the great things it can do. It'll be great for digital scrapbooking when I can get a bit more into that, too.