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:
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: 😉
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!