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Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 

Before And After


Before and After Thread for April 2006.
Come on everyone, I want to see your before anf after shots.. Upload your STRAIHGT off the camera image first, then your image after completed PS work.. Anything from mild adjustments to major PS overhauls are welcome.. Just be sure to give us the basic info. and steps taken to achieve your finished image, and what program you use, so we can all learn a bit.
Remember, you MUST be completely signed in to BP address and password to successfully upload an image to a thread..
Thanks for playing!!


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4/5/2006 6:41:03 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
 
Ok, here is mine..

I took this with natural light and black board.. Afterward I did a paint bucket fill of both colors and smoothed out all the details in PS Elements 2.
This is an older image for me, but I thought it was good for displaying what can be done to an image with a little paint..lol


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4/5/2006 6:43:33 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
 
 
 
First I did a square crop to frame her arm. I threw on a curves adjustment layer for some contrast. Touched up skin and clone out her stray hair. Pretty much it.


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4/5/2006 8:27:19 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Thanks Justin... She is a real natural, and I love the high key look... Don't look like you needed to do much here.. Came off the camera great!... Thanks for playing!!


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4/5/2006 8:29:30 AM

 
Kimberly J. Whipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/10/2005
 
 
  Before
Before
© Kimberly J. Whipps
Canon EOS 20D Digi...
 
  After
After
© Kimberly J. Whipps
Canon EOS 20D Digi...
 
 
Okay, here is mine. I used the clone brush in Mircosoft Digial Image Pro to clean up the edges of the plexiglass, adjusted the levels slightly, changed to b&w and then adjusted the contrast a bit.

Fun game :)


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4/5/2006 8:44:37 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Ohh this is just oo cute!!! Wonderful editing.. And I love your choice of b/w for this one... Wonderful Kimberly!! Thanks for playing!!


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4/5/2006 9:15:35 AM

 
Larry Lawhead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/15/2002
 
 
 
Here's mine...


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4/5/2006 9:29:14 AM

 
Larry Lawhead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/15/2002
 
 
 
Here's mine...


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4/5/2006 9:29:31 AM

 
Mary N C. Taitt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
 
 
  Heroica White Rose Plate and Vase
Heroica White Rose Plate and Vase
For Rakesh

and for Nina, because her birthday is Friday.

f/16, /125s, 100mm, ISO 200 indoors with flash. The plate and vase were made with the elliptical marquee tool. I used the spherize filter to make the vase spherized. I laid the pattern down with the paint bucket. I made the pattern from the original photo using save as pattern under edit. I added shading and highlights. This is the "after" and the 2 befores are included (for 101).

I call it "the heroica" because I did the entire thing with pink roses and the computer crashed and I lost it. I had to start all over. I couldn't bear to do the same thing over so I did the white one instead. I liked the pink one better because it didn't blend into the background. But I like this because it does! (LOL!) The pink one had a smaller pattern, red bg on the plate and vase and a daker red wall, and I liked it. (wahn!)
© Mary N C. Taitt
Canon EOS 10D Digi...

 
  Storefront display
Storefront display
I made the mantle from this table
© Mary N C. Taitt
Canon EOS 10D Digi...
 
  Original Rose from Camera
Original Rose from Camera
f/16, /125s, 100mm, ISO 200 indoors with flash. I used this rose from Florence's wake to create the pattern with which I filled the plate and vase. I had to resize it several times. I wanted it to be neither too big nor too small.

(These might be a little too big.)
© Mary N C. Taitt
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Here's mine:


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4/5/2006 9:43:39 AM

 
Denise A. Johnson  
 
  dice II
dice II
mirage...rotated several times and used the mirage filter...adjusted gamma, brightness and contrast....
© Denise A. Johnson
Canon PowerShot A9...
 
 
my before and after....


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4/5/2006 10:44:25 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Wow... These are great guys!! kepp em' coming!!! I just love how creative everyone is...
Larry.. Wonderful treatment.. I love the tones you chose..
Mary.. WOW!!! That is some outstanding PS work!!
Denise... Very creative use of effects my friend.. Love the colors!!


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4/5/2006 11:28:34 AM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
 
 
 
OK...I've been working on something today so I can play along...

First, I took a pic of my daughter playing with blocks...only a little natural light through the window...Nothing too interesting about the original.

Then I worked and actually came up with two versions that I liked. Hopefully, I can remember what I did... :)

Version 1: I sharpened, applied bleach bypass and worked with the contrast...

Version 2: I made an adjustment layer, changed it to B&W, used the eraser on the blocks to reveal the color, and used the unsharp mask.

I think that's it...
I'm really like everyone's images!!!! It's so fun to see the difference a little change can make. Great job!!


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4/5/2006 1:32:18 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  This is great.. keep em' coming guys!!
Sheery... I really like both, but thik I favor the bleach bypass one more... Great filter use!!..

Yes, it is fun to see where a shot starts out and where it can end up with a little TLC....lol


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4/5/2006 2:05:46 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  I gotta slow down my typing.. I look like a special kind of remedial....lol


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4/5/2006 2:09:24 PM

 
Kathryn (Love) Scheet
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004
 
 
  Prism 1
Prism 1
© Kathryn (Love) Scheet
Kodak EasyShare Z7...
 
  prisms 2
prisms 2
© Kathryn (Love) Scheet
Kodak EasyShare Z7...
 
  prisms
prisms
© Kathryn (Love) Scheet
 
 
i sure am not sure what to do with this one... maybe back to the original and start again.... here are 1, 2, and 3


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4/5/2006 2:22:06 PM

 
Denise A. Johnson   i love all of these pics....gotta love ps!!! even though I dont have a clue what I am doing...sometimes that makes it more fun...surprises are great! I envy those of you who actually know what each filter is for and how to "really" use it!


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4/5/2006 2:28:56 PM

 
Kathryn (Love) Scheet
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004
  oops I should probably say a bit about what I did... layers of one prism many times in strategic places - really tried to make it tasteful - then I used adjustemnt of brightness and saturation. On the third I used diffuse glow after lightening the ribbon the prism is hanging from, then dreaminess.


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4/5/2006 2:35:13 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Wow, That's quite a stunning image.. The light is really captured well here.. Brilliant Kat!


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4/5/2006 4:39:30 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
 
 
 
Here are 2 examples of my before and afters. This one is all in fun


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4/5/2006 5:22:27 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
 
 
 
Ok guess I have no idea how to upload the images lol maybe next time


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4/5/2006 5:25:13 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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Some recent manipulation: the terra-cotta chimney toppers from a circa-1907 apartment building in DC.


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4/5/2006 7:23:12 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Great work, both of you!!! I just love this thread!! Thanks for playing guys!!


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4/5/2006 8:10:29 PM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/4/2004
 
 
 
My Turn


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4/6/2006 5:11:06 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  WOW! That's quite an improvement!!! You did a fantastic job cloming out the fence!!! Incredible image girl!
Thanks for playing!


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4/6/2006 6:08:19 AM

 
Denise A. Johnson   so please tell me that it took you at least 2 days to clone that fence out!!! man you are good...that would take me forever and it would still look like crap! amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!


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4/6/2006 6:46:37 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
 
 
 
Wow!! Such great changes and wonderful work on this thread already!! I haven't got a new image, so I enter my 'Fruit Explosion'. :)


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4/6/2006 8:19:49 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
 
 
 
:):):) Had to log in again, hope it works now...


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4/6/2006 8:21:02 AM

 
Denise A. Johnson   i wanna learn layers...i am trying!!!! I will never be this good! wah wah wah


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4/6/2006 9:37:45 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  well...lol. what would you like to learn? there's really nothign to layers. you just make a new layer, do what you want, make a new one, do more. that's really about it. layers are just...layers! lol. hope this helps a tad, if you have any questions let us know or shoot me an email here! Hope this helps a tad


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4/6/2006 12:55:53 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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Couldn't resist... I have a lot of fun exploring PSE! Really liked the watercolor look (granted, in BW!) of the final result.


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4/6/2006 6:54:33 PM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/4/2004
  Denise,
It took me about an hour & a half working on the image I posted.
It was fun though & definately worth it!
The tiger in the second image won a finalist & it's in my gallery.
Thanks again!


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4/8/2006 4:21:58 AM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
 
 
 
Okay! I'll play along. Though I'm really only just beginning to learn how to use effects creatively.
I came across a rather mundane sunset pic and wanted to do something to make it interesting.
First step was to create a reflection using the flood filter which eliminated most of the dark foreground. Then I created a sphere object and using the circle selection marquee, moved a piece out of sphere that was slightly smaller, leaving a void in the middle.
Using the glterato plug-in I added the starfield and the planet with lunarcell. All three plugins from Flaming Pear. I then repositioned my previously selected and moved sphere back into the position I wanted.
I probably also adjusted the levels and saturation, though I don't remember.
So, there you have my before and after.

Bob


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4/8/2006 5:13:34 AM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
 
 
 
I'll try this again. The first several times I tried uploading the pics, the server kept dropping my connection.

Bob


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4/8/2006 5:36:36 AM

 
Denise A. Johnson   michelle and bob...oh my gosh! only an hour and 1/2 michelle.....i wish I had your talent...and bob...just beginning to learn effects???? look like a pro to me....i dont understand plug ins at all......i need a teacher........


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4/8/2006 5:43:28 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
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  Sailing School
Sailing School
Nikon F4, 70-300 mm lens, Velvia. Off L'île de Bréhat, Brittany, France. In Photoshop: Usual curves adjustments and finished with USM in LAB at 500 for the grainy effect.
© Kay Beausoleil
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Miscellaneous Does...
 
 
Such a fun thread, and so much talent!

Here's my contribution -- I tried this as an exercise to see if this picture could be rescued. It was an extremely hazy, hot day, and that's the best I could do on Velvia.


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4/8/2006 7:06:05 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
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  Hey, people, how about some more?


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4/11/2006 9:24:50 AM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
 
 
 
Just one more...


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4/11/2006 4:23:48 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
 
 
 
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4/11/2006 4:25:04 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  I forgot to add what I did to the image. I always adjust levels first, and layers, clone and dodge, more layers, clone and dodge and more layers. I will do this until I am happy with the results.


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4/11/2006 4:46:55 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  wow what in the world do you do with all those layers? how many total do you end up with usually? (i'm always looking for different PS techniques!)


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4/11/2006 5:06:47 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  well Vicki rereading what I just wrote probably sounds kinda rude (no intention). lol. anyways very very nice final image, I really do like the transition. I guess I should be more subtle in asking, what is your technique in using many many layers?


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4/11/2006 5:11:05 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  I usually end up with about 6 layers sometimes up to 12 or more depending on the image. I will layer colors or saturate/desaturate in certian areas of the image (sky for one) or totally remove a layer. lol I never mind anyone asking what I do or use to an image and will be glad to tell you. For me its all about light, color and imagination. (heavy on all 3 lol)


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4/11/2006 5:19:17 PM

 
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