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This before photo was sent in from a customer.  What a cute, fun photo. I just had to play and see what I could do with it – to make it more dramatic.

Overall I loved the straight out of camera.  It just needed some more pop and depth.  Plus the colors were a little cool.

In this MCP Blueprint, I will show you how I took it from the nice before to a WOW after.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  I assume many of you will like it, but a few might prefer a more subtle post processing on an infant.  Anyway, looking forward to hearing what you have to say. Hope it helps you learn some new ways to edit too.

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  1. Laurie on March 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Quick question. Do you do anything to the photos in Adobe Raw or adjust any levels, curves, etc. prior to running the actions? I have the Magic Skin, but I am looking into some of your other actions. This edit is beautiful!

  2. Jodi on March 27, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I use Lightroom and if needed do very basic exposure adjustments there – but usually I do not need to. It depends on your exposure. I like the flexibility of RAW but prefer the control of Photoshop so 95% of my editing is done there.

  3. Cristina Alt on March 27, 2009 at 9:11 am

    gorgeous after! it seems like a there’s a tiny bit of detail lost on the baby’s left side of the face.. but nothing major I love how you laid everything out step by step… I want your actions now! lol….

  4. Susan Dodd on March 27, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Love this! It looks fabulous!! I can’t get on your actions site to check them all out! Is the site having troubles? Or maybe just lots of traffic?

  5. Susan Dodd on March 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Ooops! Just got on! 🙂 Must have been traffic!!

  6. Jodi on March 27, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Maybe traffic – or maybe the host is having issues – try again in a minute 🙂

  7. Lori Anderson on March 27, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Cute photo to start with. Even cuter with some great editing. Love how the colors pop.

  8. Jenny Carroll on March 27, 2009 at 10:13 am

    The color pop is gorgeous. I’m all about using color, and lots of it! Great job on this. Thanks for the blueprint.

  9. MegganB on March 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I really love the increase of color! For my taste it’s a little too much contrast for facial details and I’d love to see it without the texture – I think it makes it a little busy…. but that’s just me 🙂 What a cutie!

  10. Lori M. on March 27, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Love it! I downloaded the AutoLoader yesterday and it is awesome! Thanks so much for the tip Jodi!! It has really sped up my editing process!! 🙂

  11. Michelle H on March 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

    What a fun edit! My only thought is that the texture seems a bit heavy with the sharp contrast of the baby’s skin being masked. It seems to take the attention away from the baby and onto the texture. I like the texture and think it adds a lot but perhaps just a little more subtle for my taste.Looks awesome!

  12. theArthurClan on March 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Kudos to the photographer for taking such a beautiful photo in the first place. Your edit turned it into a work of art though Jodi. I love absolutely everything about it!~Angieco-founder of iHeartFaces

  13. Tracy Waldrop on March 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I love the edit of this picture. Just my style. I think the textured background brings focus to the child and the colors in her outfit. Great job. You go girl!!!

  14. Lacey on March 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I really like the texture all of the amazingly popped colors. It fun twist to a more modern children photographer. Great shot and edits. 🙂

  15. Lisa on March 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    This is beautiful! I love the intensity and depth of color. You’re amazing!

  16. Tamara Stiles on March 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I really like the texture and colors. Now I need to buy some more actions!!! 😉

  17. rebekah on March 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    wow. all i have to say is WOW! you do such an amazing job and i LOVE seeing your blueprints.

  18. Rochelle Hoeger on March 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    this looks amazing! how do you mask off the skin for the texture?

  19. jean smith on March 27, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    hey…i was one of the staff and met you at the secret workshop last summer in flint. i have been following your blog and GEEZ GIRL…you are amazing…behind the camera and behind the computer! your talent is fabulous. i love the finished product here!

  20. Amanda on March 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Love the photo and the processing! Gorgeous!!

  21. Jeannette Chirinos Gold on March 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    More than WOW afteris spectacular and very very awesome

  22. Jessica on March 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I agree with one commenter above…the dark brown completely turns me off. The baby is bright and cheerful, and though the texturing is well done, it just doesn’t go with this scene or outfit. the skin and eyes look great!

  23. Heather Owens on March 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Love it, Jodi!! As always . . . awesome!

  24. Laraine Davis on March 29, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Jodi, I love the way you processed the photo. Looks great. Your actions have changed my life, and I’m so greatful. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  25. Bonnie Novotny on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    looks great! love the texture!

  26. Sylvia on March 31, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I absolutely love it! You really made it pop and focus on the cute baby! Looks ready to hang on the wall now!!

  27. Rose on April 2, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    This is a beautiful photo, and I love the colors and textures in the edit, although to me it seems the face looks like it has flash burn in the edit, a little too bright for my taste with how dark the rest of the photo is, but it also draws your eye to the baby’s face, which is the whole point I guess! Very nice, and it is another great example of how even using actions you can personalize it to your own tastes.

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