Sometimes I like to have a bit of drama in my edits. I would say that I add drama by bringing out details and adding contrast simultaneously. For this Blueprint, I wanted to create a really moody effect.
- Cropped 1st – yes – often you will hear that you should crop last. But rules are meant to be broken and since I did not like the composition, and since I knew what aspect ratio I desired, I cropped first. I wanted to take her out of the center and add space where her eyes looked.
- Then I started using actions. I turned to the “All in the Details” photoshop action set for this edit. I started by playing the “Urban” action.
- Next I ran “Burnt Out” from this same action set. It adds a custom vignette.
Believe it or not, that is all I did. Yes – the 1st image looks more natural. I could easily have edited this 5-10 different ways for different messages. Remember as you work in Photoshop that you create art and a message with every image. Make it say what you desire.