My favorite blog, I Heart Faces, has a great weekly feature called Fix It Friday, where they post a photo and let contestants edit it anyway they choose. Since these photos are always way better than anything I've ever taken, I thought I'd try my novice-editing hand at post processing a great portrait. This week's submission is "Cutie Pie" by my friend Lolli over at Life is Sweet.
Here is the beautiful original shot:
And here is my edited version:
Here's what I did:
Opened Image in GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
Increased brightness and contrast using curves
Added new layer
Lowered opacity to 40%
Selected paintbrush, fuzzy circle, opacity 20%, color white
With brush size same as iris, painted over irises of eyes to brighten color
Opened in Picnik Premium
Increased color saturation
Played with Orton effect, but portrait looked better without it!
This was so fun! I think I overdid the brightness because I lost the detail of her cheek in profile. And of course, I didn't do anything original here, but it was great practice for me! I think I'll try again next week too!