Welcome back to One Picture, Two Ways where we start with an original photograph and enhance it to try out new techniques to put a spin on the final look. We're teaming up with Elizabeth from My Life In Blog Years so see how she enhanced Nooner's photo.
This week we are featuring one of the NewfandHound crew, Nooner, who was happy to give me the princess pose on the concrete pile we have in the backyard. Here is the original photo SOOC, overexposed to fade the concrete into the background a little more.
The result is a subtle difference and has a 3d-like effect, but I like the way Nooner becomes the focus in the shot. The background fades away into a soft, hazy look but the angle of the wood and the concrete still provides movement to the right. So, here are the 3 layers and steps I took:
- Copy the background layer to save the original.
- Create a New Adjustment Layer with Levels and adjust output levels to 15 and 255, and the midtones level to 0.79.
- Create a new layer and paint the entire layer with a yellow-gold color at an opacity of 9%. Add a mask to this layer and with your black paintbrush, paint over your dog.
- Create a new layer with a brick red color at an opacity of 36%. Add a mask to this layer and with your black paintbrush, paint over your dog. Also, if you double click on the red box in your layer the Layer Style will pop up and check the gradient overlay box.
- Adjust the opacity of the color layers to get the intensity that you like. If necessary add a layer and mask to adjust the highlights, contrast, etc. of just your dog.
- Flatten all the layers!
It's a different type of result but this is the first adjustment I've done on my own and I'm getting the hang of using layer masks now so that's a good start!