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My name is Miranda Welch...I have a one year old gorgeous baby boy and a wonderful husband of 4 years now. My favorite things of all time are pajamas, fantasy novels, cats and chai tea lattes. In fact, my cat is named Chai ;)

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    August 10, 2008

    A photoshop Before & After

    I really liked this image, but I was out shooting with my husband who is less than stellar in the patience department. I didn't have time (or a tripod) to set up this shot exactly like I wanted it. The original is too dark, the archway isn't straight and there's an ugly tree at the top (which I couldn't have helped anyway).

    I first straightened the angle of the arch as it was slightly crooked. Then I cropped a bit off the top and bottom. Next I cloned out the ugly dark tree at the top. I brushed in a cloud on a new layer, erasing back the overlapping parts. After that I did a curves adjusment layer with an S curve to brighten midtones and darken for contrast. I erased back the sky on that layer to keep it a deep blue. Next I opened a levels layer and brightened everything way up so the reflections became much clearer and erased back everything but the water. The last adjustment layer was a hue/saturation. I bumped the master saturation by 20 and the reds by another 10. After I flattened, I spot healed a lot of the fallen leaves in the water. The last thing I did was USM.




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