Thursday, April 14, 2011

Before and After with Pixel Perfect Blog

I know you saw this photo two days ago but I like the way I edited it so I decided to share it in Pixel Perfect's Before and After Blog Hop.  I'm a little embarrassed to show you the before picture because it was taken so quickly.  I was in a hurry and didn't pay attention to lighting, background, what I was wearing...The after photo definitely shows how a little editing can really help some photos!

Without further ado....The before picture:
Yuck!
The After photo:
week 11

Much better!
To be honest, I can't remember all the steps I did but here's what I *think* I did: (edited using Gimp)
1) cropped it
2) significantly blurred the background
3) added a blue, lightly textured overlay to the background
4) created 2 copies of the photo
5) ran a split tone on one copy and turned the other black and white
6) overlayed the split tone onto the black and white copy
There might be one or two steps missing but I'm not sure :)

This photo is part of my 45 POM Project.  For more info about the project visit my PAD/365 Blog.  To see all the photos (so far) in one easy place, visit my Facebook Photos.

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11 comments:

Nessa said...

Wow... what a great edit. Where did you get the most help learning GIMP. I have the program - but I am clueless and have a one year old... so I don;t have the time I need to just sit and play.

Ashley Sisk said...

I think your after looks incredible. Nicely done.

R and J Studios said...

Hi Jamie! Thanks for stopping by and sharing my post on twitter! I think your edit is very well done! Great job removing background objects.

Scott said...

Great edit. I like your B&W conversion and cleanup of the background.

Marla said...

What a great edit! Good job.

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Tiffany said...

Your edit turned out great..love the brightness and crop! Thanks for the visit.

Tiffany

Courtney said...

Great editing, Jamie!

Patty Ann said...

I love this. It looks so good!! So what is Gimp?

AJ said...

What a beautiful edit...love it!

Kristy said...

Wow what a change! Congrats on winning the Texture Masters Pack from the Ultimate Blog Party!

K-Sue said...

What a change! Great job!

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