Wednesday, April 29, 2009

gwennie2006 | beachday2


This is for the Fix My Pic • Please Teach Me group
from an awesome original by Radiance of lighttitled, untitled

For the Need help with adding drama discussion:

Here is a link to the original from Radiance of Light:

The first thing I did was pull down a guideline and use the distort function to correct the horizon in the photo. This is described in,
Lesson 3A: Distion Techniques
Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson3A: Distortion Techniques

Once I had things level, I worked on the color levels. This is found in, Image>adjustment>levels. I opened the Red, then the green, then the blue channels, and pulled the arrows in on the outside edges, until it hit the histogram...
Large screen cap

Once I leveled the colors, I added some red to the fore ground using the lasso tool to make a soft selection. I added clouds from this image, as well as the ocean to help add color:

I just used a portion, and stretched it a bunch with the scale tool. By only scaling horizontally, the clouds become very elongated, and blurred it a bit more. I thought this added to the horizontal lines of the beach and horizon. Once I had it fit, I duped the layer, and applied the first one as soft light blending. The second one I applied as muliply and masked out the girl. I added some cyan to this layer, and adjusted the opacity. I flattened it and added an additional flare. I also removed the two very hot spots the flare applies.

Thank you Radiance of Light . com, for letting me work on your wonderful photo.

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