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« photoshop recipe sharing ~ day 2 ~ sweet & soft effect | Main | 'she loves you' - friday's texture »

5 days of Photoshop Recipes ~ Day 1 ~ adding drama

happiest monday sweet friends...
how was your weekend? 
mine was really good... 
we visited a lovely local shop (lady of the lake) and they let me go camera crazy....
i scored a mint condition mountain bike for 40 bucks at the bike shop next to above mentioned shop....
i had 2 awesome, but super hot walks on the trail....  can you say sweat? :)
i managed to get my main floor vacuumed, dusted and spruced up a little.
had a lovely family supper at my parents, that included baby potatoes and green beans from John's garden....
and ended the weekend with a drive around the country side looking for old barns and abandonment to photograph....

lots to be thankful for.....

how bout you?  i'd love to hear a highlight or 2 from your weekend. 

so, i have much to share....  i can barely contain myself.... 
but i'm going to take a deep breath and begin with

5 days of recipe sharing!!

sound good? 

let's get started.....

with today's image.... above...
be sure to mouse over to see the before.... the difference is quite dramatic.

day 1 ~ let's add some drama...

Recipe: steps are the same in Elements and Full Photoshop unless otherwise noted:

Layer 1:
Duplicated the base image. 
Applied a gaussian blur filter at 67 pixels.  Changed the blending mode to soft light. 
PHOTOSHOP: added a layer mask to the duplicate layer and used a black soft round brush set to around 45% to remove the blur from the focal part of the image. 
ELEMENTS:  used the eraser tool to remove the blur on the main area to reveal the base image below.

Then switched the blending mode back to normal.
the result: a dreamy blur in the background... drawing your eye to the pretty table setting.

Layer 2:
Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.  Checked off the colorize option box in the hue/sat dialogue box. 
Adjusted the Settings to: Hue: 230, Saturation: 25
Blending Mode: Soft Light 100%

Layer 3:
Added another Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer: Dropped the saturation level to -78.  Blending mode normal at 68% opacity.

Layer 4:
Added a vignette by selecting a soft round brush and black as the foreground color.  Brush opacity about 55%.  and painted around the edge of the image.  Changed the blending mode to soft light.  Then went to filter>gaussian blur and set the blur to around 35pixels.


that's it for today....
see you tomorrow with some 2 fors..... and perhaps a little surprise?
and the day 2 recipe.....


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Reader Comments (15)

Thanks, Kim! Gonna try this :)

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLDH

Sounds like you had a great weekend, what a bargain you scored on the bike. Talking of bikes, I surprised myself by doing a 13 mile bike ride this weekend, loved it.

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDyche Designs

Excited to learn from you!!

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhitey

Im going to give it a try. Sounds easy and may not be.


August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa RedWillow

my weekend ?
great food and then a total freak out when my son wouldn't answer his cell phone....for hours.....arghhh

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

Okay miss Dramaqueen...I am loving this!
...and who doesn't love drama?
Beautiful Kim...really nice of you to share your recipe.

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamilla~ Bloom

WOW - just when I thought I had a good weekend learning new things with photoshop, you post something new that blows me away and tells me I have so much more to learn

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Oh i just love when you share your recipe, i learn soooo much.
glad to hear you had such a good weekend, you have been one busy lady of late.
just one highlight of my weekend was scoring three, yes three, vintage cameras, one with the original box and directions.
i think a photo shoot is in order. :)
looking forward to the week with you
♥ maureen

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen @ Cottage 960

What a great way to start the week! Your photo is B-U-T-FUL! I love the depth and richness you achieved. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Oh, yay. clap, clap, clap. PS tutorials. Love this one. Just took me a bunch of photos at the carnival up the street. Can't wait to play.

Thank you!!


August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

i love great recipes! thanks

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChar

So fun and fascinating!! thanks for sharing this.

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan {Florali}

thanks so much, kim! i can't wait to try this!! you're so sweet for sharing...thanks. :)

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

Lovin this one! I'm glad to her you had some fun this weekend, I know you have been working hard lately...
We had a show this weekend, on Sunday it was raining inside our tent when we arrived. Not really a highlight but one of the more memorable moments. It all worked out in the end.

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly@thebluemuse

love the recipe, i need to try it soon =) this past weekend, i had to take photos of the items that will be for sale soon on this new downtown shop. they are opening soon and they also wanted to post them on their online store. and we made a commercial for one of their products =)felt pretty good to help, that's what friends are for =) i got a free dinner and free wine in return =)

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblue elephant photography

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