Friday, January 22, 2010

I ♥ Faces - Fix it Friday!

The dad in this family has been struggling with cancer for years and they found out the devastating news in December that his cancer is now terminal. They are now doing everything they can to enjoy the rest of the time they have together on this earth.

We would love it if you would stop by Adrienne's Blog or Jeff's Caring Bridge site to leave a kind word of encouragement today. If we have learned anything over the past year, it's that we have the kindest, most caring, compassionate participants in the blogging world and we would be thrilled if our community overwhelmed this beautiful family with kind thoughts today.

Here is the original photo:

Here is my edit:

  1. I opened the file in Lightroom and used the preset 'Fix the Highlights' to help with some of the blown out highlights on the children in front
  2. I then opened the file in CS4 and used the clone tool to take out some of the distracting toys and the extra swing.
  3. Then I used boost action (with a slightly reduced opacity) from Pioneer Woman.
  4. Then I used MCP Color Flair and MCP Crystal Clear Web Resize and Sharpen.  I think I also used another MCP action but forget which one - sorry!
Here is the same edit - but converted to black and white with a slight vignette.

Here is another treatment - this is the lightroom preset 'Aged Photo' and then I reduced the brightness and exposure.

Thanks for looking!  Make sure to head on over to to see the other creative edits to this great family photo!


  1. These are great edits, Michelle! You get better and better every time I visit!! :)

  2. Thanks Mel - I've been practicing tons! I can't wait to take the Photoshop class in the fall. I could have taken it this semester but my director suggested I take a couple more creatively focused classes so that's what I'm doing :)

  3. B&W is so tricky, but you have managed to convert this without making it feel "cold." I like it!