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Thursday, May 3, 2012

I know I'm not the only photographer here, and also that I'm not the only one who edits my photos to, simply put, make them awesome(r). :)
 
Before it closed, I used to use Picnick.com, which has now transferred mainly to Creative Kit in Google+. I've tried Creative Kit out, and it just doesn't do it for me like Picnik used to. But I've discovered PicMonkey.com, which I personally like a lot, but photo editing is up to the photographer and computer user. It's all your choice. I'm telling you, though, wherever you go, photo editing is really fun to do, and it makes your photos all the more awesome. Today, I'm going to show you a ten-step process of how I edit photos using PicMonkey.


1. We'll start with this,  a simple photo of a rose I took while at a botanical garden in Montreal.
  
2. First, I used a technique called "Cross Process" to fiddle with the color a little bit. 


3. I know this change isn't very visible, but I used "Dusk" to change the exposure and darken the photo just a tad, to give it a more fairytale feel. 
 

4. I then used the editing tool "Intrepid" to change the color—make it violet and shadowed.

5. Afterward, because I wanted to fade the colors and make the overall feel a little bit vintage, I used "Time Machine" to do so. 

6. Again, to bring in the vintage and fairytale feel that I wanted to incorporate into the photo, I decided to use a technique called "Polaroid Film" to meet my needs.
 

7. Next, I continued to mess with the colors, fiddling around with them a little bit by using "Film Stock", which darkened the shadows and emphasized the contrasts.

8. Now that I was content with the color of the photo, I wanted to make it glow and soften like silk, so I used "Orton", and ended up with this, which I liked a lot, because it looked like a storybook illustration. 

9. Thinking that the rose looked like it was from a storybook or fairytale, like I wanted it to, I decided to add a texture. The textures of all photo editing websites or programs are my favorite technique, because I love to make the picture pop and seem real. To go along with the book theme, I chose a woven texture like the binding of an old hardcover, called "Weave".
 

10. Finally, I wanted to add on to the texture, so I decided to add "Edifice", which caused the petals to look cracked and mysterious. I took a step back to look at the photo, and realized I was done, because it met the idea I slowly had begun to form in my head—vintage, bound like a storybook, mysterious, and right out of a fairytale. 

And so, I went from here:
 
to here:

in just ten simple steps, and I ended up with the perfect photo. So can you.

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