Blueprint – From Snapshot to Portrait in 6 Steps

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Blueprint – From Snapshot to Portrait in 6 Steps

This boy is just adorable.  He is the “kid of the week” for the Fix It Friday edit at I Heart Faces.  I loved my edit of this one so I had to share my steps with all of you.  I would love to know what you think of the before and after photo edit I did below using a mix of manual editing and MCP Photoshop Actions.


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  1. June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm —

    Gorgeous edit, Jodi!

  2. Tina
    June 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm —

    Your actions are the best actions ever.

  3. June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am —

    This is a beautiful edit! Those eyes are stunning!

  4. Rebecca
    June 26, 2009 at 11:47 am —

    Beautiful…and yes please tell us how you extract the background.

  5. MariaV
    June 26, 2009 at 11:46 am —

    Fantastic enhancement and crop, Jodi!

  6. Christy
    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am —

    I LOVE the edit. It went from hu-hum to frameable.

  7. Katy G
    June 26, 2009 at 11:00 am — black & white!

  8. June 26, 2009 at 10:54 am —

    Awesome before and after!! Another vote for a background extraction/fill tutorial!

    • June 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm —

      As far as a tutorial on extraction – I may do one someday – but truthfully it is a huge mix of tools from lasso to magic wand to quick selection tool to painting on masks. There is not a one size fits all. How I would extract is totally picture dependent. The other thing is that I rarely do it because in most situations it is too time consuming to do it right. The best bet is to use a solid backdrop if you know you want to extract – way easier that way – especially if the background is not any color the subject is wearing.

  9. June 26, 2009 at 10:44 am —

    Your fix this week was amazing Jodi. I absolutely loved the B&W with this!!

    co-founder of

  10. June 26, 2009 at 10:41 am —

    How do you extract the background? I really love this photo and I’ve been trying to figure out FOREVER how to extract the background. I have no clue. Help?

  11. June 26, 2009 at 10:41 am —

    This is really beautiful! Can you do a tutorial on extracting the background? It looks flawless! Yu are amazing!

  12. Janet
    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am —

    I LOVE it! When I first looked at the picture, I thought that it was a tear on his face. I like it left on!

  13. June 26, 2009 at 10:12 am —

    Katie – funny you asked. Yes – I totally considered it. I went back and forth- but it makes the picture way more “real” with it – plus it was not a gross looking spit or whatever – so to me it added to the emotion.


  14. Katie Caress
    June 26, 2009 at 10:00 am —

    I love tight crops and this one is great. It was also very interesting to read your technique for getting rid of a bland background. One question–did you consider removing the drop of water (spit?) on his cheek and if so, why did you decide to keep it in?

  15. Judie Zevack
    June 26, 2009 at 9:39 am —

    Amazing!! I heart Jodi!

  16. June 26, 2009 at 9:28 am —

    Turned out GREAT! Totally took it from a snapshot to a portrait…what a cute boy and LOVE your b/w conversion….stunning. I use your actions quite often 🙂

  17. Rene
    June 26, 2009 at 9:21 am —

    Wow Jodi! Just beautiful….Love it!

  18. June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am —

    From Snap shot to Portrait, very nice!

  19. June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am —

    wow. i love this face!
    great work.

  20. robin cornett
    June 26, 2009 at 9:09 am —

    Wow. Just–wow! Stunning.

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Blueprint – From Snapshot to Portrait in 6 Steps