Taking a Photograph from blah to better!


This is my Ru Ru. Well she isn’t exactly mine. She belongs to my son but she has no idea that she is not one of my grandchildren. She thinks that I go over just to see her. Her real name is Rudie but I often call her Ru Ru. I spoil her. Whenever I babysit her I take her for a ride in the car which she loves. Last time I watched her I took her for several walks and a ride in the car. I even sneak her up on the couch with me sometimes. Ssshhhh don’t tell her mom and dad. That isn’t allowed at her house 😦

Rudie-1

As you can see this first photo is a little blah. Using Photoshop we are going to use the content aware tool to remove the water hose that is behind her head. So we begin by using the marquee tool to make a selection around part of the water hose. I don’t go all the way to her head because it will pick up from that. Next go to Edit > Fill > Contents > Use > Content Aware. Blending Mode, normal, Opacity 100%. And like magic the part of the photo that you don’t want disappears.

Rudie-content-aware1

Then I used the clone tool to clean up the rest of the small bits of the water hose that were close to her head.

Rudie-content-aware-2

Now we can work on perking things up a bit. Under Image go to Adjustments then levels. First use the black eye dropper to pick out the darkest part of your photo. I used Rudie’s nose.

Rudie-sample-1

Next do the same thing with the white eye dropper.

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Next use the gray eye dropper. This one you may want to click around on various shades of gray in your photo until the overall color is what you think it should be. Sometimes what you think you should click on isn’t going to work. Do this a few times and you will see what I mean. The first time I clicked on the white part of her chest that was near the bottom sort of shaded. The photo was still to dull. Then I decided to just try clicking on the silver part of her black collar and I knew that was where it should be.

Rudie-sample-3

I always use the dodge tool set to about 12 to highlight the sparkle in the eyes and the iris as well.

Rudie-eye-highlight

Now isn’t that so much better?!

Rudie-finished

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4 responses to “Taking a Photograph from blah to better!

  1. Ahhhh…nope…too much trouble for me…as you know…I am a lazy Granny.

  2. p.s. gorgeous dog.(sorry…grandkid)

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