Thursday, November 22, 2007

Let's Make a Good Photo Great!

Nice photo, eh? I bet you're proud of it! Let's make it really stand out and it is so simple to do! It looks kind of washed out as it is. Click on any image to see a larger view.



Here, I increased the saturation of the digital photo bringing out the lush greens and the colors of the flowers.



Next, I used the unsharp mask tool to bring out the detail. You can see all the vivid glory of the petals, grass, and flower stems.



Here you have it, the finished product. These simple little tricks can make any mundane photo stand out among a crowd. I hope you have the opportunity to get to learn and use Photoshop.

Before                                              After

15 comments:

Beautifully Profound said...

Flowers are my favorite. Thanks for sharing this photo. Brightens up this snowy white and cold day here. I hope Thanksgiving goes ok for you Andrew. No stresses, just good food, good family and a happy day.

Le Fleur said...

I read your entry about taking back control in your life and I'm so so happy to hear that you have a plan! I still haven't started my candied yams, but it won't take long. I hope this entry means you got your camera back. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Andrew.

Be thankful you're not a turkey!

Ryan said...

Thanks for this tip!

Ryan said...

Could you also tell me exactly how you increased the saturation? I have Photoshop CS3 Extended so I'm still getting used to it, considering it's so professional...

Thanks

AlabamaGal said...

Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

-Michelle

Sonhos engarrafados said...

I think I prefer the one with flowers hehehe
I´m kidding!
well, its really different the before and after, but flowers is always a beautiful thing.

:)

Kelly Jene said...

Fantastic! I've always wondered how that was done!

And hey, Andrew, thanks again for supporting me during the challenge. You really cheered me on... thanks friend!

Ellie said...

Absolutely superb job! It looks so much nicer, yet still has a natural tint to it. Excellent job. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Also...happy turkey day!!

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Leann said...

Wow, I need to learn how to do that. Very kewl Andrew.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for stopping by!!

I worked but we got a free meal, which overall wasn't bad, but the best part (pies) totally sucked.

Cheryl said...

It's kind of hard to remember what it was like before digital cameras. Seeing this post makes me want to find a flower picture and play with it!

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simonsays said...

Gosh Andrew, I am SO not able to do stuff like this, I am lucky to be able to blog AND then comment. I am not able to run my own DVD player, lordy, I am technologically impaired...I wonder if they make a medication for that, teehee. I need help!

It's funny, for the first few years, I could keep up with computer stuff, then it really snowballed, and I got old, and my kids got older and it was easier to say to them "will you do that for me, please" and now they are moved out, and i am left unable to do much of anything! One day, I will have to take a class on computer basics, with the other 5 year olds...in the meantime, here I sit, barely able to send an email......

But I appreciate seeing other people's talents, or what I CAN'T do, LOL. Jamie

pai said...

Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation(or Control-U/Apple-U depending on your comp.)

Hope that helps :)

CRUSTYBEEF said...

PArdon me, I'd love to stay and comment but I'm heading over to google to find photoshop (is it a free service?) thanks for the tips!!
YOu create beautiful pictures!!!!!
Always,
Crusty~