Wednesday, September 7, 2011

edit me challenge: barn

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!



21 comments:

  1. Fabulous edit! just the right touches and I love that frame!

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  2. W-O-W!!! What an incredible edit!

    This one was out of the park Deb...

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  3. This is just fantastic! I can't wait to start editing!

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  4. My goodnes, you have taken a good picture and made it great. Well done!!! I need to learn how to do this.

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  5. gorgeous! love it! you took an already gorgeous subject and made it art!

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  6. Deb, i'm digging this edit!!! i love that frame from Coffee Shop with the built in texture. perfect choice here. and the colors are incredible.

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  7. Great edit -- thanks for sharing the process.

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  8. I love this. It makes me feel like I'm in the Midwest! :)

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  9. I love your edit - very subtle and yet it looks just like a postcard. Lovely!

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  10. Going with what Shirley said and it definitely looks like a postcard! Beautiful!

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  11. Beautiful edit! I've never attempted textures, but you did a lovely job!

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  12. Hey Deb! Just stopping by to say hey...your edit is beautiful :)
    xo

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  13. Oo, I love your edits. You made it so much more rustic and charming!

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  14. Really like your edit this week!! And congrats on winning last week.

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  15. I love your final edit, just perfect!

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  16. Oh I love it! I really need to start getting into these photo challenges and such, it looks like a whole lot of fun.

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  17. What a wonderful edit! The colors are lovely. I'm off to check out the CoffeeShop frame...thanks for including the link. :)

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  18. Deb, Deb, Deb... you blow me away! So glad you have started linking up your edits, because your style is amazing and we can learn a lot from you! This is perfect!

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  19. Wow, It's just AMAZING what we can do with photos today. Your editing makes is SO beautiful!! I'm in awe of your mad "skillz"! :D

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  20. I love your clean edit! Great colors!

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