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Blueprint – My Take on Sandi Bradshaw’s Senior Photography

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Blueprint – My Take on Sandi Bradshaw’s Senior Photography

I just had to play.  Check out yesterday’s post for detailed step by step of how Sandi Bradshaw edited this photo.

Here are my plays.

MCP All in the Details: flashlight action – changed opacity to 100%
MCP All in the Details: extreme color action – used the extreme color painting on grass and tractor.  Used detail layer at 46%. Masked back skin and guitar at 100%.
MCP All in the Details: hide and seek action – Used “hide” on the background and seek on the skin
MCP Magic Skin: Magic Skin at 42% and Skin cast blast – bye bye mellow yellow and a second color correction curve
MCP Eye Doctor

After 1, 2 and 3 all are the same except that for 2 and 3 I added sky at the end.  I used the magic wand to select the sky. Then I added a new blank layer and used the gradient tool and made the sky.  I added a mask to clean up any areas that needed it.  I did this with a blue gradient in after 2.  Then on the sky layer I added a hue/saturation adjustment layer and clipped it to the sky.  I played with the hue until I ended up with after 3.

blueprint sandi

After looking this over, my critique is that I went too far with the sky.  I wish I lowered the opacity of the sky more so it was less obvious.  But it may just look obvious because I am looking at it next to the blown out sky.  Hmmm.  I also wish that her face did not look so flat. As I fixed exposure it lost detail.  And I could have tried going a little darker to retain detail.

I decided to do one more play.  Normally I love Color.  But this Pastel Looking play – well – I just liked it better.

For this one I used:

MCP All in the Details: flashlight and put opacity to 100%
MCP All in the Details: pastels – default – then masked off skin on detail layer
MCP All in the Details: dusty 35%
MCP Touch of light on the face and skin
MCP All in the Details: in stark contrast action at the default opacity

Then I resized for web and added a frame and border. As always I would love to know what you think…

ImageforJod after pastel2

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27 Comments

  1. June 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm —

    I LOVE ‘after 2’….gorgeous!

  2. June 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm —

    I think the face did lose too much detail. It needed to be a little darker. The blue sky is a little too overdone for my taste. I like #3 better. However, I think the pastel is great for this pic. I like lots of color normally, but the pastel just suits this pic so well. Thanks for all the options. Thanks for teh sky tip. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. honey
    June 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm —

    #2 is my fave … the blue looks great! My second fave is the pastel … I think that would look great with some texture too!

  4. June 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm —

    I kind of like the blue sky. Her skin looks almost too perfect. Maybe that is just a wierd thing I am thinking though. I love the picture. VERY cool!

  5. June 20, 2009 at 8:39 am —

    I would have never thought pastels could look that good! I have really enjoyed using that extreme color action!

  6. June 23, 2009 at 8:58 am —

    Just wondering if there is a good way to avoid the halo around her arms? She kinda looks like she is glowing. lol I get this sometime…do you have any advice?

  7. June 23, 2009 at 9:50 am —

    Yes – you can if you take the time to zoom way in with a harder brush and mask back when the change occurs. There was actually a light halo in the original – but the fast editing I did made it more pronounced. I could have avoided it if I spent a lot more time at pixel level editing.

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