This week, I was determined to streamline my blog stalking and emails, rss, etc. But now I have something akin to the flu. All bets are off. I can't sleep, so why not catch up?
Here is my edit for today's Fix it Friday Challenge. I loooove the one they used at the top of the blog post.
I started with a lightening action. I ran the perfect portrait, and tweaked that a bit here and there. I noticed a lot of noise on the right side where I had lightened her face, and in the background. I ran the no noise action, but it was still pretty noisy. For the background I tried making what I like to call the Fuzzy Sandwich. I am sure there are other ways to accomplish it, but here is the Fuzzy Sandwich method: (PSE8)
I make 2 more copies of the layer. The middle layer gets the blur filter. I usually use guassian blur at about 50 pixels. I had to select the background on this one to keep the red hat from getting blurred into my background. Now I go to the top layer, and use a soft medium opacity eraser to erase the parts that I want blurred. (Background, baby skin, etc.) Flatten it. And Ta-Da!!
I am pretty sure that if you have a photoshop or the new elements, you can use a mask for this instead, but for what it's worth, I like the sandwich.
I tried another edit by doing an antiquing on the previous image. I may like it better.
I will have to check out the tutorials on the website, and see what worked for them :)
Check out more edits here:
Mother of four. Wife to Steve. On an amazing journey through life, and taking photos along the way.