The image for this week's challenge is of a beautiful old red barn provided by Jill Samter. Could this scene be any more perfect?! I love the stone foundation and the beautiful white wood windows and the photo is framed nicely with a tree to one side and a fence at the bottom.
This is the original image.
I first used CS5's adjustment tools to adjust the levels, curves, brightness and color balance. Here is my clean edit.
I then duplicated the background as a soft light layer at 45% opacity to increase the contrast. I added Kim Klassen's golden texture (one of her subtle ones) as a soft light layer at 100% opacity to warm it up and give it a just a little texture. I also decided to straighten it up just a tad, but I didn't want to lose any of the image which resulted in some white edges like this.
So then I used the stamp tool to fill in the blank areas and I added the CoffeeShop frame #12. This was my first time using this frame and I didn't realize at first that the frame also has a built in texture to make the photo looked aged. I like the aged look, but for this image I decreased the opacity to 50%. I wanted to make sure the beautiful vibrant colors of the barn, the sky and the grass shined through.
And here is my final result!