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This is my niece Kaitlin.  She has the sweetest eyes was such a pleasure to photograph. Her images barely needed any editing.

Details on the edit and which MCP Photoshop actions were used (straight out of camera shown 1st, then the final image 2nd):

  1. I started editing this shot my using Noiseware since I shot at a high ISO (ISO 1,000). I used the default portrait settings on a duplicate layer and reduced the opacity to 50%.
  2. Next I ran Crackle from the Quickie Collection to give the photo some dimension.
  3. Then I ran the Color Burst action from the Complete Workflow Set. I kept all layers at the default opacity.
  4. I wanted to enhance the eyes, so I ran the Eye Doctor action.

That was it – super quick and easy. The edit is very subtle, which was what I was going for.  Just a clean, sharp image that speaks for itself.

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Here are a few more of Kaitlin, edited in a similar manner.

atlanta-57 Blueprint: Simple, Cleaner Edits for Post Processing in Photoshop Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

atlanta-61 Blueprint: Simple, Cleaner Edits for Post Processing in Photoshop Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

And a quick black and white, which uses same processing but adds the Vanilla Ice Cream action from the Quickie Collection.

atlanta-58bw Blueprint: Simple, Cleaner Edits for Post Processing in Photoshop Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

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  1. robin cornett on June 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Wow. Just–wow! Stunning.

  2. michele bowman on June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

    wow. i love this face!great work.

  3. Frank H on June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

    From Snap shot to Portrait, very nice!

  4. Rene on June 26, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Wow Jodi! Just beautiful….Love it!

  5. Amanda on 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 🙂

  6. Judie Zevack on June 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Amazing!! I heart Jodi!

  7. Katie Caress on 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?

  8. Jodi on 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.Jodi

  9. Janet on 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!

  10. Kelly on 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!

  11. Stephanie West on 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?

  12. Angie from theArthurClan on June 26, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Your fix this week was amazing Jodi. I absolutely loved the B&W with this!!~Angieco-founder of http://www.iheartfaces.com

  13. Kim Porter on June 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

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

    • admin on 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.

  14. Katy G on June 26, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Beautiful..love black & white!

  15. Christy on June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am

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

  16. MariaV on June 26, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Fantastic enhancement and crop, Jodi!

  17. Rebecca on June 26, 2009 at 11:47 am

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

  18. Marissa Rodriguez on June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

    This is a beautiful edit! Those eyes are stunning!

  19. Tina on June 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Your actions are the best actions ever.

  20. Jennifer Fernandez on June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Gorgeous edit, Jodi!

  21. katie on June 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    So beautiful!! What a great edit!!

  22. Mary Wallace on June 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Just beautiful! I will definitely have to try this.

  23. pamela p on June 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Just beautiful as usual! How did you master Photoshop? Classes, trial and error? Just wondering how you became such a rock star at it!

    • admin on June 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

      Pamela – all different things from classes to books, to lots and lots and lots of practice. 🙂 Practice is probably the biggest component.

  24. johnna on June 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    FANTASTIC! I need to learn more about “masking”. Do you have any tutorials to help with understanding this? I know layers, but not sure how/when to apply a mask.THANKS, JODI!

  25. Gina Fensterer on June 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Jodi, It’s amazing!!! I love seeing how you make things happen.

  26. Kathy on June 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Just beautiful!

  27. Crystal on June 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    WOW… great fix. I’m loving the black and white. Those are my FAV kind of photos

  28. tracey Emmett on June 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    WOW is all i can say too! An every-day “snap shot” turned into a brilliant portrait! How much does the photographer charge?!?

  29. Amy C on June 26, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    STUNNING!!

  30. Jennifer on June 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    What does “crackle” do? I don’t have that one!!

  31. Diane on June 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Wow Gorgeous, Beautiful child – now how about a tut on the process you used for extracting the background and filling in with black

  32. Jodi on June 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Crackle is one of the actions in the quickie collection. It gives your photo almost 3d qualities. It is amazing!!!

  33. Heather on June 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    This is stunning, though for some reason I’m distracted by the tear. Not just in your pic, in all the Fix It Friday edits. Before I found I Heart Faces (and then your blog from that site! yay!) I thought I knew a fair amount about Photoshop, considering I’m all self taught. However, I have come to the sad realization that the more I read about how people edited their images, the more I realize that I know little to nothing about PS CS3 in comparison… and I have no idea when I’ll ever have the time to learn as much as I need or want to. *sigh*Again, just simply gorgeous!!!

  34. Heather on June 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    PS – ditto all on how incredible your actions are.. I have almost all of them and still haven’t figured out how to use them all… I can’t wait to finally figure them all out! lol!

  35. Amy Cameron on June 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I love it! So impressive!!!(BTW…I assumed the drop of water was a tear and I think it adds so much…you know one of those tears that gets stuck on their face even when they are finished tearing up…so from a Mom who has a baby who cries a lot, I’m glad you left it.) 🙂

  36. Sue on June 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Love it! The converted image is stunning – bw makes all the difference, no distraction from the color and your eyes go right to his adorable eyes. Beautiful work!

  37. Lisa on June 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    You are amazing, Jodie!!!! Luv it!!!

  38. diana nazareth on June 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    wow, I need to go through my archives and try this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  39. flipflops & pearls on June 26, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Wow, amazing work!!

  40. Debbie on June 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Wow! Breath taking!! I love the B&W and tight crop.

  41. Allison on June 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Awesome!! What a great transformation!

  42. Krysta on June 27, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I follow your blog, and iheartfaces… and when I saw this on their site earlier today, I meant to come right here and comment. This is by far, the best fix it I’ve ever seen on iheartfaces. L.O.V.E. IT!!!

  43. Michele on June 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

    This is a great tutorial….thanks so much.

  44. Barb Ray on June 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Amazing! I’m in 100% agreement with Frank H. – you took a cute snapshot and made it an amazing portrait!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Megan on June 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! What a dramatic photograph. Thanks for the tips Jody! I too vote for some background help. I’ve been playing with a few of my photographs today to extract the background like you have and so far…no dice.

  46. Liz from babyblooze on June 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Wow, it’s always inspiring to see how a snapshot can be enhanced to something even more beautiful. The end result is absolutely STUNNING

  47. photography on July 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    i love this blog.. thanks for sharing..

  48. Kim on July 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    just stunning

  49. Caitlin on July 10, 2009 at 12:36 am

    What are the chances you would be willing to do a video tutorial on this? It is AMAZING!

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