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What kind of editing do you like best?  Below we have an image submitted by Sonomi Johnson, edited numerous ways using Photoshop Actions.  Which is your favorite? I added my comments/critique with each edit.  Add yours in the comment section too.

Original:

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Original: Before Editing

 

Edit 1: No processing except cloning. This is a great image straight out of camera, but the background was distracting.  I like that Sonomi got rid of the complex, busy background.  The cloning is not perfect.  So if I was working with her on it, I would have her scatter the trees a bit more so they were not uniform.  And there are two spots where I see a stroke just end.  But once she applied actions, the cloned issues actually became less apparent. See other edits.

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Original + cloned background/cloned boots

 

Edit 2: I like the tones added with Mini Fusion Photoshop actions.  The action created a mood to the image.  It seems to fit well.

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Mini Fusion (Cool Blue Sea Tone) + Quickie Collection’s Sharp as a Tack

 

Edit 3: This edit is similar to #2, but slightly more yellow toned.  Normally I prefer warm, but on this one, I actually prefer the cooler edit.

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Mini Fusion (all 3 tones) + Quickie Collection’s Sharp as a Tack

 

Edit 4: I love the Vanilla Ice Cream Black and White Photoshop action on this image.  It looks great in black and white.  If being nit picky, I would say the slightly darker trees are right up the middle – so adding a few more bunches of them on the sides would help.  And I might add fill light to the black skirt so we could see more detail.  But overall, I love this edit.

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Quickie Collection’s Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Edit 5: Old School Vintage is a washed out style.  It works nicely for this image as well.  But if I had to pick a “winner” for me it is the “edit 2.” Now it is your turn to share.

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Complete Workflow’s Old School Vintage

These photos were all taken by the talented Sonomi Johnson. Her photos are amazing to begin with, great lighting, exposure and focus.  But she loves subtle edits with Photoshop too.

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  1. Niki on February 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I like edit #2 best.

  2. Jennifer Miller on February 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I like Edit #2 and Edit #5. Awesome picture! Love all the textures in it. Happy Shooting everyone! JMQ

  3. hanna on February 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

    background cloning is terrible!

  4. Annie on February 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Love edit 1 and edit 4….beautiful picture!

  5. Ruth on February 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I like edit 3 best because there is more detail in the skirt. I agree with the cloning…it needs to be more scattered, less apparent. Plus I would have burned the photo edges a little to bring attention to the subject. Or maybe I would have left the highlights of the concrete structure around her as it was originally…darker, only processing the girl…she seems to be fighting for attention with all the business around her. But still a lovely photo.

  6. Rebecca Weaver on February 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Of what’s here I think I’d pick edit 4. What a cutie!

  7. Amy Tuetken on February 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Love edit #2 hands down. Black & White would be my 2nd choice, but like you, would do a little more work on the back ground. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  8. sara killough on February 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I like 2 and 5… i love the vintage look… my favorites are the super saturated pictures thougg, where there is a sensory overload for the eyes =)

  9. Jenny on February 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Edit #3.The background cloning needs some fine tuning. And I noticed the railing on the left side of the image was removed, but not on the right? Personally, I’d crop the image from the top a bit; I think it would help detract the eye from the obvious repetition of the background cloning. Also, I thought the boots were a nice touch of character in the original, so I wouldn’t have cloned them out.

  10. Britneye Ladner on February 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

    My personal style it that I prefer for editing to be like well applied make-up. It should bring out the natural beauty, but shouldn’t be noticeable as an edit… for portraits anyway. So, I like edit 2 as well. but, I think it just depends on your style.

  11. heatherK on February 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I agree with everything Britneye said. For this particular photo, I like edit 2. But in general, I love the styles in edits 4 and 5.

  12. H Tam on February 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Edit 2 looks the best on this picture – it goes with the theme. 🙂

  13. H Tam on February 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Edit 2 looks best on this picture “ñ it goes with the theme. 🙂

  14. Kari Nichols on February 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

    #2 and the b/w are my favs!! Beautiful little girl!

  15. Lorie Hall on February 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I LOVE #3. #4 is my 2nd favorite!! Beautiful work!

  16. Gabriel Conover on February 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I like Edit 2 the best as well. Cute Pic 🙂

  17. Erin on February 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Edit #2 is my fav!

  18. Dawn's Recipes on February 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I like 3 the best, tho only slightly more than 2. It has just a bit more pop. I have to be honest tho, I feel the cloning is far more distracting than the columns in the original image. I find my eye drawn to the repetition rather than to the beautiful little girl. Actually, I rather like the columns and would consider at least leaving in the ones in the rightmost third of the photo.

  19. Joella on February 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    My favorite is Edit #2. I love the sharpness and the vibrancy of the colors!

  20. Alyssa on February 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I like edit #2 best. And the vintage #5 is a close second. Not such a fan of the cloned trees though. But if I hadn’t seen the original-I might never have noticed..

    • Alyssa on February 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      To be more specific about the trees…I don’t like how they become darker right behind the subject, it is distracting. Since you cloned them, I would try to increase the white space behind her head, thus drawing out the subject. Her eis an example of a shot I took that has the person “framed” by the white space in the background.

  21. Judy on February 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Love # 2 and I like #5 second. More of this type post would be great!!

  22. Karen on February 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Such a beautiful photo. Hmmmm #2 and #5 are my favorites. But I’d also like to say that I appreciate this post… Your comments on each are so helpful, including how you would further improve the photo, telling what to look for (for example, wanting to bring out more detail in the skirt with fill light). Thanks so much!

  23. Ivetka on February 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I love #2. However I’m sorry to say that clone-stamp job isn’t the greatest, the clones are soooo obvious :-/

  24. sharth on February 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I LOVE edit 2 the best!

  25. Gretchen on February 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I like #1 and #3 the best.

  26. Alice C. on February 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I like 2 the best!

  27. April on February 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I like #2 the best. I don’t particularly like how the trees are cloned but I wonder if it would be as noticeable to me if I had not seen the original beforehand. I would point out that the tree right behind the subject’s head makes me think she is wearing a feather in her hair at first glance. Once I noticed that, I kept being distracted by it. But I like the hardness of the stone combined with the softness of the girl and dress. To me, the cool tones of #2 work with the stone…..you can almost feel the coldness of the stone!

  28. Sarah C on February 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I like edit 2 the best 🙂

  29. Yolanda on February 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    May I suggest we take Touch of Light/Dark and help bring the viewers eye to the most important thing in the frame, the girl? Right now, your eyes are drawn past her to the bright trees in the background. The crop actually enhanced that issue, instead of lessened it. There’s still a lot of head room in the photo, so I’m betting an even closer crop would work. As for the processing, Edit 2 is my favorite. I really like Edit 4, but really miss the sweet pop of pink from the flowers. If I’d never seen it in color, I’d love the black and white.

  30. Carrie G. on February 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Love edit 2 as well. I love that your actions are subtle but dramatic.

  31. Shay on February 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I like the “Old School Vintage” edit.

  32. Ryan Jaime on February 18, 2012 at 12:01 am

    The black and white one, without a doubt!

  33. Robyn on February 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I prefer #2 and #5, but I think the trees should be edited to not be as “balanced”.

  34. Sheryl Salisbury on February 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I love edit number 2’s color but would have preferred it without the cloning. I like the original building.

    • hanna on February 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      I have the same feeling! Those trees are ugly cloned.

  35. Lorna on February 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Cool blue, def the best. I would have just got rid of the tree-lot in the background and slipped in a nice cloudy sky but that’s me. Cloning out the boots was perfect.

  36. Lynn on February 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I love edit #2!

  37. Erin @ Pixel Tips on February 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I prefer slightly warmer tones, so I’m gonna go with Edit #3. Beautiful girl!

  38. Magrietha on February 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Edit 3 and 5 for me…

  39. Lynn on February 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

    As far as the subject goes, I like 3 and 4, but the background is so distracting. Instead, I would have cropped it about to the top of the pillars in the back, maybe extending them a bit to center up the image. Then I’d remove the table in the back and the hand rails on both side, but I’d leave the stone in because I think it adds to the overall image. Then I’d run a really good vinette action on it to bring out the girl and tone down the detail of the background, but not the texture of the stone in the foreground.I strongly recommend only using the cloning tool in small areas and never where the repeat can be easily spoted.

  40. crystal on February 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    i can’t get past the cloned trees to even look at the edits. no offense, but i HATE obvious cloning; doesn’t look realistic at all!

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