I Heart Faces Fix-It Friday!

It’s time for another I Heart Faces Fix-It Friday!!

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I Heart Faces is a fantastic, interactive photography/editing blog. Every Friday they have something called  “Fix-It-Friday” where they post an image for you to edit. They also have contributors who explain how they “fixed-up” the photo so it’s an opportunity to learn new techniques. Other readers also post their links to edits so you get a huge variety of editing solutions.

Check out this week’s challenge and all the other beautiful edits here:

This weeks original:

My edit:

I played with levels and curves to get the color and contrast looking appealing. The girl’s mother, who submitted the photo, had said that she wanted to see smooth skin so I used the Patch tool all over the face to remove blemishes (and a stray hair that was going right across the forehead). After I had removed the blemishes, I selected the face, duplicated my layer, set a layer mask for the face only and applied a surface blur. I immensely lowered the opacity and further masked out the eyes and lips. Really, if it hadn’t been requested I probably would have stayed away from the blur but I do like how it turned out.

Because I like style: 😉

Added later:
I usually don’t revisit my Fix-It-Friday edits, but I really wasn’t happy with my B/W conversion. After reading Janine’s comment I decided I needed to go back to work.
Here’s what I came up with:
I feel this is a much prettier conversion and it definitely saves more of the details. That said, it’s still not perfect (or even near), so like always please feel free to offer your advice!


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6 Responses to I Heart Faces Fix-It Friday!

  1. Janine says:

    I really like the first faded edit! the vignette works well there and I usually hate them.
    in your B&W her skin looks blown out and a bit unnatural, and it feels like a lot of the detail in the door frame was lost. take with a grain of salt though because I am not calibrated.
    nice job!

  2. Ashley says:

    I like your first vintage edit, but I might tone down the vignette. I always lower mine so it’s subtle. Overall though, really nice work.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Oo your edits are great!! Love the first one with the vintage feeling!! I love such edits!!
    Have a nice weekend!!

  4. RM @ LMMP Photography says:

    I like the second one after the paragraph (about style).

    The top and lips really pop with color. 🙂

  5. Melissa says:

    This is so neat! Those photos are like night & day. The girl is obviously pretty, but you really helped knock her out of the park further down. Maybe I need someone to edit all my photos of me before I put them anywhere on the internet 😀

  6. Amy says:

    I really like your edits. You did a great job with her face. The vignette and the vintage one are really nice too.

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