Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Before and After...Well, Hello!


My goal for this edit was to K.I.S.S.
For those who just went, "HUH"...it's Keep It Simple Stupid.
Or "Smarty pants" for those who were offended by the word "stupid"!


I think this is the perfect "Fall" flower.
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Ah, I am the Makeup artist
and Photoshop is my cosmetic of choice.
It is truly the Bare Minerals of the photography world.
Truly! (I like that word)
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My secret
1. cropped picture
2. Sharpened using High pass filter
2. ajustment layer>desaturate
3. black/white gradient adjustment layer> soft light> opacity to taste
4. Kim Klassen texture >Blending mode>Hard Light> opacity to taste



See...only FOUR steps...perfect for my K.I.S.S slogan.
And that makes me a definite "Smarty Pants"!!

45 comments:

S.I.F. said...

I love the texture you added to it! It looks like an album cover!

Angie said...

Love it!!! Beautiful after :)

Heidi said...

LOVE IT! Wow! smarty pants you are!
Heidi & Jack :)

Snapshotsofhappiness said...

You truly are an artist! Beautiful as always. :)

Jenilee said...

ok. amazing. I love what you did with that flower!!!

Carrie said...

That's awesome! I love the music! ;)

Melissa said...

Yes this is the perfect fall flower! And oh my goodness, I love this edit! Frame worthy I believe!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

I love it! I so wish we had a better PhotoShop. I think ours was the first invented! ha, this picture is beautiful!

Tracy said...

Beautiful!!! I'd love to wrap a present in a print of this photo. Lovely!!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous!

I wish I had the time/confidence to learn Photoshop. I mean, it sucks that I bought it and loaded it on a computer that promptly began dying.

And I just never got over it - and instead spend my time drooling over everyone else's skills! :)

Ashley Sisk said...

Love this - I love how you've really turned this into a work of art!

Just Me said...

Beautifully done! Thank you for listing the simple steps as well!!!

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Eboix said...

absolutely LOVE the processing!

leavesnbloom said...

Great edit - love it with that Beatles texture of Kim's.

Rosie from
leavesnbloom photography

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I love these before and after things. It's like watching a really short episode of Extreme Makeover.

Photo Freak said...

thats amazing!

Laura said...

I LOVE it! Seriously, that is amazing! If that's your simple edit I would love to see you not so simple one. :)

Mommy2Four said...

Wow...it's so pretty! Really, it looks like it should be hanging on the wall. Love how you take a photo and turn it into an artwork!

LKP said...

you're now officially thebomb.com!

Mama Monkey said...

Truly a piece of art!

Liz said...

i like the music in the background.

Rebecca said...

I do like that texture.

Jennifer said...

Wow! I love the after! You are amazing!

Wanda said...

Girl...I like your style. That edit is fabulous!!! Truly!

Wendy said...

Awesome!

Audrey @ TheDailyWyatt.blogspot.com said...

I like it!

Seizing My Day said...

will you be my teacher one day? when I have a better camera!! ;)

ps I might just watch the Mentalist tonight... in a half an hour!! ;)

Heather said...

I just LOVE your texture edits!

AJ said...

Love your use of textures...

Courtney said...

WOWZERS! Love. and you knew I would. ;) Think I might recognize that texture...

Hannah said...

AWESOME! You kill me. I would never think of doing any of that. I am so basic. I love it.

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

Love it!

Amy said...

I would totally take that print, frame it, and hang it on my wall. Seriously. It would go well in my office.

Sonora said...

Ok I know you said keep it simple, but that looks pretty complex to me. I love how creative the second picture is, although you started out with a pretty perfect flower.

Katie said...

That looks AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing your steps, too.

He & Me + 3 said...

Gorgeous love the texture. You rock my friend! just looked at the D7000. Me want! Maybe when we get our tax money Woo hoo. okay, a premature celebration but one can dream.

lila Check said...

Love it!!! Beautiful after and fabulous blog too!
I am officially a Peanut Gallery follower now! :)
hugs
lila

Lisa said...

Beautiful.. I have to check out your link. I dont have alot of photoshop skills but learning.

Manda said...

Simply lovely... Oh, and I'm not offended by "stupid" ;)

Catherine said...

Julie, Thank you for your kind comment! Wow! How have i never seen your blog?! I just read your 'about' page and it sounds like you wrote words right from my own heart. you were describing ME! not you! ;) what an adorable blog. Nice to "meet" you. :) as soon as I saw 4 kids and homeschooling, I knew I was hooked! I've always wanted 4 kids (well, actually 6, but I'm trying to compromise with my "2 kids" hubby! ha!) and I dream of homeschooling them. Hope you have a blessed week, XOXO, cat

Catherine said...

Julie, Thank you for your kind comment! Wow! How have i never seen your blog?! I just read your 'about' page and it sounds like you wrote words right from my own heart. you were describing ME! not you! ;) what an adorable blog. Nice to "meet" you. :) as soon as I saw 4 kids and homeschooling, I knew I was hooked! I've always wanted 4 kids (well, actually 6, but I'm trying to compromise with my "2 kids" hubby! ha!) and I dream of homeschooling them. Hope you have a blessed week, XOXO, cat

Leanne said...

so so lovely . . . I'd like one in an 18 x 24 for over my bed, please. so so lovely.

Dana said...

awesome!! I love what you do with flowers. such talent!!

Sarah Halstead said...

I love this. Gorgeous!

Kristy said...

I must Agree, Simply Gorgeous!

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