This needs to be said first – THIS IS NOT ME!
This is a very good friend of mine, my high-school classmate, the greatest girl ever, Miz B.
I love her very, very much and there are tons of gorgeous memories that will never be left behind.
Recently I have noticed this original picture on her Facebook profile.
And it’d left a lasting thought in my mind.
Although I liked the picture I had this feeling that there was something missing.
I liked their poses and the expressions in their eyes (the contentment in hers and every existing feeling in his).
And I liked the tree branch…
But wait, what about that gray film covering the whole picture?
Could I do something about that?
Although I am not a professional I am deep in love with photography …
… so I opened the picture in my photo editing software called GIMP (which is free, by the way, and it is very similar to Photoshop).
First, I decided to adjust the contrast …
You ugly gray film – BE GONE!
This is one of my most favorite tricks – ramping up the contrast.
It makes photos look so much more professional.
OK, the white dress is a bit overexposed now, but I think it transfers the picture out into the artistic dimension.
Then I thought that the pic could use a bit more color …
So I went to “Hue-Saturation”, chose “Colors” and lifted the green up to 40 and the yellow to 29 …
It made the day look sunnier than it really was.
It wasn’t sunny at all actually.
What about a bit more sharpness (“Filters” -> “Enhance” -> “Unsharp Mask”)?
Yeah, that has helped, just compare their faces or the flowers.
At this point I thought that the pic could be a bit lighter.
So I clicked “Colors” -> “Color Curves” and lifted the curve a bit.
Who likes dark pictures?
And now onto the skin.
I used the “Smudge Tool” here (you can find it on the left panel).
With the tool opacity reduced a bit, I smudged their foreheads (have you noticed the strange looking vein-like thing on her forehead?), cheeks, her neck and his hands to remove all the unnecessary shadows or wrinkles.
Nobody needs those.
I think it’s made her look much prettier.
And him too – he’s lost much of that scared expression.
(And I added a bit more color here again to make it a tad more lively.)
And now, what if we put them into even more focus.
Have you ever heard of darkened edges?
I love them!
If you’d like to create something like that then make a new layer (“Layer” -> “New Layer”) and fill it with black.
Then add a white layer mask (“Layer” -> “Mask” -> “Add Layer Mask”).
With the mask chosen (clicked), click the “Ellipse Select Tool” on the left panel and create the ellipse.
Now fill the selection with black (with the “Bucket Fill Tool” from the left panel).
This sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it?
I myself don’t know what exactly I am doing here right now, but it just works somehow.
I clicked “Select” -> “None”.
And since I wanted the layer to look a bit blurred I clicked “Filters” -> “Blur” -> “Gaussian Blur” and blurred the layer.
Then I used this powerful thing called the “Layer Opacity” (upper part of the right panel) which basically allows you to faint the effect you’ve just created on your new layer.
I reduced it from 100% to 44 %.
Well, I think this could be just enough for today.
And here it is before again …
… and after.
Before and After.
(Miz B loved it – she said she looked much prettier in the new picture and it all looked very much 3D.)
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