There are so many ways to edit your macro flower images. You can opt for a soft, vintage look, or a vivid, crisp and colorful style . You can use a clean post-processing in Photoshop or add textures for a fine art, hand crafted look.
To start editing your flowers, decide on the look you want. Though I appreciate a more vintage, fine art look, my own style is very bold and colorful. I love finding hidden color and natural texture from within each flower. To get this this look, I use a combination of Photoshop actions.
Today and again next Friday, I will show you edits of flowers, photographed by the talented, award winning, Mike Moats, I will show you how to take a beautiful flower shot and turn it into a colorful masterpiece.
Bladder Campion flower: Gorgeous macro shot. I see a lot of hidden color and texture that I want to draw out in my edit.
- To pull out rich colors from the image, I started by using the Photoshop action, Magical Color Finder Brush, from the Bag of Tricks action set. This set is now available for both Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, and CS5 – and also for Elements (PSE) 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
- The image, at this point, was very rich, but a little darker than I wanted it. I used Magical Midtone Lifter, a Photoshop action that brightens the midtones, also from the Bag of Tricks. I set the layer to 100%. I wanted to brighten it a bit more so I ran it a second time and set the opacity of the second layer to 60%.
- Next I wanted to bring out detail in the flower. I used the Magical Clarity actions – this Photoshop action that pulls out contrast in the midtones, adds dimension, and draws out natural textures.
- The last step was sharpening. For the print version I used the Free Sharpening action, High Definition Sharpening. For the web version, I used Crystal Clear Resize and Sharpen, also part of the High Definition set.
Here is the final result after using the above steps: