Category Archives: Retouching

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.

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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.

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Next do the same thing with the white eye dropper.

Rudie-sample-2

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

Pet Portrait

Jake before and after. What a good boy. For a hyper dog he sat still just long enough for me to get his portrait.

Optical Illusion-3/D manipulation

Just playing around with this photo and it looks to me like it pops in a 3-D way. I keep wanting to touch it. It almost seems as if it was knitted at one moment or cut from paper the next.

Sparkle Redo


More Before and After

A Girl and Her Dog, Before and After


Before and After, Leashes

Before and After, Light Pole

Pet Photo Enhancement by Moi!

I was finally able to get that nasty leash and harness off of Darla in her photo just like Rebecca did! I just needed a little inspiration. Thanks Rebecca.

Photo Enhancement

The original was very very small and had a screen of some type over it. There were also brown spots in a few places at the top. I removed the brown spots and blended the screen as much as possible then slightly colorized some of the photo.  This was one of just a few photos that someone had after a house fire. So it was great too be able to give her another one that was in better condition and one that she could actually see! It printed out best as a 4 x 6.