These edits were some of the easiest and the hardest...ever. For one thing, simple clean edits are getting fairly easy. Ashley's Nice and Easy or MCP mini-fusion Actions give me all the layers I need and then I just make a few adjustments and am done. I rarely open my JPG in ACR now because it is most helpful (since I am not shooting in RAW yet) in correcting white balance and exposure and a lot of times I just don't need to adjust that (mostly because I take so many pictures why keep the ones that "need saving"?). So that is the easy part. The hard part is that because my photos were somewhat abstract they just begged for some creative editing. After all what does one do with a whole bunch of colored bubbles if not create something? I'll admit I went a little crazy, but I had a lot of fun. So here goes.
Here is just a simple basic edit. (You may mouseover all photos for SOOC).
Now I won't bore you with every clean edit, but you can assume the differences were similar to the above picture--a little more contrast and darker darks and brighter colors. So how about some text?
Okay, so this next one I just stuck to the basics because I realized the focus was not quite right. Wouldn't have thought it mattered, but it does. Makes me a little sad because I kind of liked the teal all by itself.
Okay, I got a little silly on this next one...and the one after it. Feel free to skip...or giggle with me.
Someone wondered how these bubble pictures would work as a texture. They really aren't ideal for use on a flower but isn't that the only thing we can use textures on? No? Well, it is what I used the last photo for anyway. The mouseover is the clean edit; not the original.
Only 3 photos left. Hang in there.
So I waited to edit this photo when I read that Ashley would teach us how to render bubbles. I realized the reason I liked it was because it kind of looked like he was in a bubble they way everything was a little distorted except for his face and the bubble he was blowing. I thought perhaps I could render a bubble for him to be in. Turned out I don't have the patience to do so. I did render a bubble and put in his reflection, but I couldn't blend it all together very well. I didn't want to start over so I turned into a painting with PSE Filters--Artistic--Rough Pastels. It is becoming one I do like to do just for fun.
This last photo turned out to be my absolute favorite. It isn't exactly WOW SOOC but the bubble is in focus AND it has some fun sunflares that I didn't originally notice. Now that I've edited it, I love it. I then tried different actions on it, and I loved them all. Since it is a bubble, the color didn't really matter. Every one was fun and pretty. Which is the hard part. I cannot save 30 permutations of the same bubble. I'm just going to give you the basic edit with a crop and a blue tint.
my Scripture and a Snapshot post. I really like it, too.