Friday, June 13, 2008

For Dummies...

I love the "For Dummies..." series. Today I purchased Photoshop for Dummies, the all-in-one desk reference version... 9 books in one!!!

I am having fun. I am learning and BOY are my photos going to look great!

First I took this photo...

I made it to a grey scale and then I put "some" color back in using the gradient tool. I REALLY like how it turned out.

I had so much fun doing that one so I decided to fix one that came out too dark.

Here's the original:

I love this photo but I found it to be too dark for my liking. So I "fixed" it using the shadow/highlight tool.

Here's the end result:

Here is my attempt to make her eyes "pop" following the directions from the photography section of Pioneer Woman .

As it stands I'm still learning, and judging by the thickness of this book I will be for a while.

I am pleased with my first two forays into the Photoshop world and look forward to those yet to come.


Rebecca said...

Hey, I have that book. I never used it! I got overwhelmed by everything it could do. Wow, nice job! Can't wait to hear about what else you learn.

Matt said...

It's impressive what can be done.

When I worked for the newspaper, the "engravers" were the craft that had the responsibility for adjusting the tones on photographs.

It was pretty amazing to look of their shoulder sometimes how quickly they could fix things to make the photographs print well.

Jenn said...

I'm still trying to figure out how to remove the dark shadow in the top corner of the baby one. I can't seem to match the color, even when I do a color sample. It is frustrating me haha