Haven’t done one of these in a really long time so I figured I should do one today. I brought my camera to work, once again, and snapped photos of the children all day. When I got home, I uploaded them as quickly as I could and started to get to work on editing. I’m starting to become a master at editing in Photoshop Elements, which is a good thing.
I’ve come to learn that I love taking photos of children but it isn’t always easy. The crazy thought of getting a child to sit still long enough to snap a photo is one not to be had. It takes a special skill that I am slowly mastering. I’m also learning how to capture pictures of children doing children stuff like playing at the park or riding bikes. Again, a skill that I am slowly mastering.
Like always, I am doing something a little bit different with this photo of the day then the last. I am giving a step by step instruction on how I did the edit in Photoshop Elements.
Anyways, while I was photographing the children, I got some beautiful shoots. It was hard to pick just one photo.
I am obsessed with this child’s freckles! And her eyes are so beautiful. Every time I take a picture of her, I feel as if her face alone tells a story. I didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty. I have listed my steps below:
- The very first thing I did, which I do for all my photos, is make a copy of the background layer.
- The first thing I did to the photo was fix the levels of the photos. I always fix the levels of the photo first before I do anything else.
- Next I had to retouch the brightness and contrast of the photo just a little. Once I was happy with the fixes, I flattened the layers and then made another copy of the background.
- Her lips were really chapped and had bleed earlier in the day. So to fix this, I used the dropper to pick a color that was close to the chapped part of her lips. Once I had the color picked, I clicked on the paint brush. I moved the opacity down to about 34% and then painted over the chapped parts of her lips. Once I was happy with that, I then flattened the layers once more and then made another copy of the background.
- Since we were outside at the park, she had been running around. She had some red spots on her face from the heat. So I took the dropper once again, pick a good sample of skin color and painted over the red spots with opacity at 24%. Then, I took the healing brush and ran it over on a few spots around the paint to give it a good blend. Once again flatten layer and make a copy of the background layer.
- I mentioned earlier in the post that I love her eyes. I wanted to make them pop just a little bit more then there already were. So I used the burn tool to darken just the outside of the color to her eyes. And for the last time, flatten layer and make a copy.
- Now, the last step I took to this photo was add a effect I had bought from http://www.enviactions.com/ . It’s called Cream Overtone. What this effect did was add a creamy texture to the photo. I feel that this effect gave a very smooth and clean feeling to the photo, bringing all the elements I did to it together.
And that is that. Save and print!