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This photo was submitted from Isabel who lives in Manila in the Philippines.

The original is shown 1st, the a color edit, and lastly a black and white.

Color Version edited in Photoshop:

  • Used Peek-a-Boo action from the MCP Complete Workflow actions
  • Used Color Burst action from the MCP Complete Workflow (painted on the letters with the Paint on Pop layer) – the rest left at default opacities
  • Used Touch of Light – painted on with a 30% opacity brush on the face
  • Used the New Sunburn Vanisher from the MCP Bag of Tricks set – lowered the opacity to 30%

Black and White edited in Photoshop:

  • Started with the color edit explained above
  • Used Vanilla Ice Cream from the MCP Quickie Collection
  • Used Touch of Light on the face again with a 30% opacity brush.
  • Used Touch of Darkness on the edges and on the letters in the front so they would stand out.

I would love to know your thoughts. Hope this directions in the Blueprint help you edit some of your images.

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  1. karen gunton on March 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    thanks jodi. you are such an inspiration to me, i can’t tell you what a thrill it is to see one of my portraits posted on your blog! thanks for everything you do to help photographers. =)

  2. Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on March 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks so much Karen. All is quiet here – but check out all the comments you got on Facebook at:

  3. Gaye on March 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I love the white backdrop! Does anyone know how this can be done in elements! Great job Karen!

  4. karen gunton on March 14, 2010 at 5:38 am

    gaye, i can’t remember if elements has layer masks? before i had mcp’s really fantastic bright white spell action i used to make a curves layer to really brighten the white backdrop and then just ‘erase’ over the person in the photo. i know jodi has some good explanations here somewhere about layer masks (which is how i learnt about them!)

  5. Dail on December 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I am photographing jewelry that needs to have a completely white background but even with my lighting, it’s hard to get a really white background. What would you recommend for me?Thank you. Dail

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