Have you ever heard of I Heart Faces? It is a blog devoted to the beauty of capturing faces and helping readers to improve their photography. Every week they have a photo contest and every Friday they host a fun event call Fix-It-Friday. Every week a new photo is uploaded for anyone who wishes to edit and share. This week, I decided to play along!
For my editing, I used Corel Paint Shop Pro XI.
Click the photo to view the full-sized image.
For edit #1 (center): First, I used the blemish fixer to erase some dirty spots around this young man’s nose, mouth, and cheeks. Then I boosted the contrast and changed the color balance to a warmer tone. Next, I brightened the whites and highlights of the eyes and desaturated the whites and his teeth. Finally, I sharpened the image using unsharp mask and vignetted the edges.
For edit #2 (far right): Using the image from edit #1, I undid the sharpening and vignetting actions and turned the photo black & white. I then duplicated the layer, filled it with a deep brown, set the blend mode to color, and turned down the opacity of the new layer.
I really enjoyed this challenge and can’t wait to “play” again!
© 2009 by Erica Lea