Although I’m not a photographer I ALWAYS happy become a person behind the camera. However, this kind of happiness bring a bit difficulties when I need my face on printing and when I need a photo of me & DH as a “happy couple”.
I hire my daughter, Felicia, as my (family) photographer, recently. So far, she proof herself talented [* I am so proud of her*] , however, she need a lot of practice. Though the results are not good and imperfect, I’m quite satisfied. She captured my face as much as I captured her face. Those imperfect can be fixed with Photoshop help.
Below are “a happy copule” pictures taken at February 13, 2010 while we had Chinese New Year Dinner. The restaurant was full and crowded. The lighting was bad and mommy forgot to set the apperture/shutter speed appropriately.
I choose one of them (picture with border) to use as my 2010 official valentine picture 🙂 with some help from Photoshop CS3.
Not bad, isn’t it?
Now I have “a happy couple” picture which ready to use for scrapbook page, wall hanging frame, cards, desktop wallpaper, etc.
For those whose interest to know how I did it, I write it down below, step by step. [Click on pictures for larger view]
Step 1. Open the photograph. With the photo open, press Ctrl+A to Sellect All. Then copy the whole thing by pressing Ctrl+C. Close the photograph (Ctrl+W). Create a new document (Ctrl+N), then paste the photograph by pressing Ctrl-V. Give a new name(which by default will be called Layer 1) Original Photo
Step 2. Duplicate Original Photo. Give it a new name EDIT: STEP 2. Set the blending mode to Screen and lower the opacity to 60%.
Step 3. I add a new adjustment layer: Layer>New Layer Adjustment>Color Balance (see setting below).
Step 4. I add a new adjustment layer again: Layer>New Layer Adjustment> Hue/Saturation (see setting below), then set the blending mode to Screen and lower the opacity to 60%.
Step 5. I add a new adjustment layer: Layer>New Layer Adjustment>Color Balance (see settings below)
Step 6. Now, it’s time to handle the background.
I select all layers (except Backgorund layer), then press Alt+Ctrl+E. It will make a new layer in the top. I rename it with EDIT: STEP 6
Add one new layer above and rename it with MY BACKGROUND by pressing Shift+Ctrl+N. Then, I fill it with two tone color behind (Love those colors ^_^).
Step 7. Next go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. After that, I pick Soft Round Brush in various size and opacity and begin to paint the mask with white color.
Step 8. Cropping the result from step 7, give a white frame around and adding a wordart makes my photograph looks GREAT. I also make a Black-White version, it works well with any scrapbooking papers. (Layer>New Layer Adjustment>Hue Saturation: Hue 25, Saturation 10, Colorize Checked).