Fix It Friday – a fun Before and After Share – with Instructions

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Fix It Friday – a fun Before and After Share – with Instructions


I am a Judge and Contributor to a great site called I Heart Faces.  And every week they have a photo they send to a few people to work on a before and after shot.  I participate when I can.  This week’s edit was unique for me.  I am not usually all about the text.  But it turned out kinda fun so I wanted to share what I did and tell you quickly how I did it too.

Before shot:


What I did next to get to the after:

1. stretched the canvas
2. cloned tree or pole out (not sure what that was…)
3. Ran Peek-a-Boo Action from MCP Complete Workflow Action Set
4. Ran Grandma’s Quilt Action from MCP Frosted Memories Set
5. Ran Crackle Action from MCP Quickie Collection
6. Flattened
7. Cropped
8. Added Dark Brown Border by Expanding Canvas using a sampled color
9. Added Text and Adjusted the Opacity so it showed background through
10. Added Drop Shadow to the Text via layer styles
11. Resized and Sharpened using MCP Crystal Clear Web Sharpening and Resize

And here was the result:


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  1. March 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm —

    If you do a search on my blog (under “search” at the top) for stretching the canvas – it should take you to a video tutorial I did on this technique.

  2. March 10, 2009 at 10:55 am —

    Hi Jodi! I absolutely love your site and this particular fix was great. Like a lot of other posters have mentioned, I would LOVE to know how you expanded the canvas! I am stumped! Thanks for you help!!!

  3. March 9, 2009 at 8:46 pm —

    wow! you made a work of art! love it!

  4. March 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm —

    Awesome fix! Can you explain how you stretched the canvas? I would love to apply that technique!

  5. March 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm —

    CS4 and my computer have some issues 🙂 So I was in CS4 – but I did not use Content aware scaling as it freezes up on me and says I do not have enough RAM… So I did it manually.

  6. Vanessa S.
    March 9, 2009 at 1:13 pm —

    Did you stretch the canvas in CS4?

  7. Shelly
    March 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm —

    I love it! I would also like to learn how you stretched the canvas.

  8. March 8, 2009 at 9:54 am —

    Wow! I love your version. The stretching was a cool idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I Heart Faces

  9. Tracey
    March 7, 2009 at 11:11 pm —

    Maybe just because I’m so new to all of this, I’d love to know how you cloned the unknown tree/pole out of the picture! LOVE that!

  10. March 7, 2009 at 12:54 am —

    Great job changing an ordinary photo. You should show us more before & afters so that we will all know we really need to have ALL your actions. 🙂

  11. March 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm —

    Yours was my favorite on the site! I loved it 🙂 Great job!

  12. Barb Ray
    March 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm —

    This is wonderful! I’m with Karen…would love to know how you “stretched” the canvas!!! :o) Thanks for sharing! Now all I need is a lot of $$ so I can buy all of your actions!!! I’m a complete believer!!!! :o)

  13. March 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm —

    Thank you sooooooo much for sharing the link to your tutorial with us! I cannot wait to try out this technique now. Fantastic fix-it!

    co-founder of iHeartFaces

  14. Lori S.
    March 6, 2009 at 2:38 pm —

    Jodi this is just gorgeous! I always enjoy your tutorials, keep ’em coming. 🙂

  15. March 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm —

    I would have never even thought of stretching the canvas. Looks great. I assume because the boys face is not stretched you did that in layers, any more info on that would be great. Thanks for sharing.

  16. robin
    March 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm —

    Wow, that’s outstanding. What a creative way to revive an image!

  17. March 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm —

    I am always so impressed with your edits! This one in particular is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with all of us rookies : )

  18. Jenny Carroll
    March 6, 2009 at 11:15 am —

    Love what you did. I alwys enjoy “tutorials.” Thanks for posting. The wording at the bottom really makes the picture!

  19. March 6, 2009 at 10:22 am —

    I’d love to know how you “stretched” the canvas! This is beautiful!

  20. March 6, 2009 at 9:22 am —

    Thanks Jodi! This is amazing…I really love the text at the bottom, too. It totally fits the image. Great work, as always!

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Fix It Friday – a fun Before and After Share – with Instructions