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One Photo Focus – November 2016

It’s One Photo Focus time!  We were provided a beautiful image from Julie Powell to edit this month.  Thanks Julie!  This was a beautiful image to work on.  Honestly I looked at it and thought, it’s perfect as it is!  I love Julie’s photography and her artful creations, so I hope you all check out her blog.  I think you’ll like what you see there.

Thanks to Stacy for coordinating this challenge!  Please check out the entire the entire challenge with everyone’s edits on Stacy’s blog by clicking here.

The Process  – Screenshot of Photoshop Layers is also attached:

1.  Imported into Lightroom and slightly straightened the image so the bottle could be exactly vertical then opened in Photoshop.

2.  In Photoshop I created color fill layer masks for the flowers, vase, and chair.  Used a level adjustment mask for the leaves to brighten them up.

3.  Used a clipping noise gradient mask over the chair to make it “not so perfect”.

4.  Added a texture as a layer, reduced opacity to 77% and masked out the flower, and some of the bottle and chair.

5.  Used a pattern fill with a blending mode of “lighter color” over the entire image.  You can also think of this as applying a texture over the entire image.  Reduced opacity to 70% and fill to 36%

6.  Added a brightness layer except for the bottle which I masked out.

7.  Added a ND gradient filter at the bottom right-hand corner of the image to dry your eye more to the chair.

8.  Added a curves layer to further brighten things up.

9.  Added a Hue/Saturation layer and reduced the saturation of the red just a bit.

10. Added a levels mask to increase lights and reduce blacks just a bit.

Hope you enjoy it!

OPF - November 2016 - Edited by Laura Macky

OPF – November 2016 – Edited by Laura Macky

Julie Powell's Original

Julie Powell’s Original


Screenshot of Photoshop Document

Screenshot of Photoshop Document