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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



One Photo Focus – October 2016

It’s One Photo Focus time!  I rather enjoy this challenge of taking someone’s photo and editing it into our own creation.  This month it’s something a bit different!  We were provided a cell phone image from Y. Prior from Priohouse to edit either on our phones or on our computers.  I chose to edit it on my iPhone 6+.  Most of you who know me, know that sometimes I enjoy taking pictures on my phone and editing them on a myriad of apps I have.  I will say this was the hardest image I’ve ever worked on.  I think it didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped but I had fun anyway.

With most of my cell phone photos, I use multiple apps to to achieve the final look.  Sometimes I move in and out of them so fast I forget what I’ve done to tell you the truth.  I tried remembering what I did and I think I remembered the main edits.

And as always, a huge thank you Stacy for coordinating this challenge and putting a different twist on it this month!  Please check out the entire the entire challenge with everyone’s edits on Stacy’s blog by clicking here.

The Process:

1.  Imported the image to my phone and used the SKWRT app which I just discovered and I love!  This app can correct verticals on the phone just as if I’m in photoshop.  Well, almost.  😉   So that’s what I did first with this app.

2.  I cloned out those vertical lines at the bottom…not exactly sure what that was but I kept thinking luggage handles!

3.  There is a sister app to SKWRT called MRRW which is sort of embedded in the SKWRT app and I used that to mirror the image in order to eliminate the red chair to the right and to make everything symmetrical.  You’ll notice that the original image showed a beige chair along with the black chair on the right side of the couch as we look at it.  On my image, after using MRRW, you’ll see that the beige chair is gone because it took the left half of the image and duplicated it on the right.

4.  I then imported the image into iColorama to apply some color effects, add sharpening and a vignette so make the middle brighter than the edges.  I also applied less contrast to the outside of the image than the center so that the center popped a bit.

Hope you enjoy it!

Laura Macky Edit

Laura Macky Edit


Original by Y. Prior

Original by Y. Prior


One Photo Focus – August 2016

For those of you who don’t know this challenge, it consists of everyone editing the same photo taken by one person.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original image provided by Robin Kent.  Thanks much Robin for the beautiful, original image!   Please check out Stacy’s blog when you have time to see everyone’s submissions.  It’s always fun to see everyone’s edits!

Basic Process:

  • Used Lightroom to make basic adjustments for clarity.
  • Imported to Photoshop and cropped to 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Used patch tool to remove the modern white building and filled it with sky.
  • Cleaned up the patch by using the healing brush.
  • Added a texture layer and set blend mode to Lighter Color, reduced opacity to 74% and fill to 89% and added a mask where I took a black brush and hid parts of the texture at varying opacities to reveal more of the water glow, the wheel and parts of the building so that the texture didn’t completely obscure details.  I picked a texture that would give me a glow near the wheel in the clouds and the water so that our eye is drawn there.
  • Added another texture layer and set the blend mode to Color Burn, reduced opacity to 50% and fill to 50%.  This layer was like laying a tissue completely over the entire image unlike the previous one where I only applied it to portions of the image.
  • Used Color Efex Pro, Pro Contrast filter.
  • Voila!
One Photo Focus, August 2016 - Edited by Laura Macky

One Photo Focus, August 2016 – Edited by Laura Macky


Original by Robin Kent

Original by Robin Kent