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Challenge #1 – High-Key B&W Portrait Effect & 30 Days of Creativity – Day 30

Once again, two birds with one stone! I did my Photoshop challenge of the week & my final day of the 30 Days of Creativity.

I used a photo that I took this weekend at a wedding we went to of my husband & my youngest son. I used this tutorial to produce a high-key black & white portrait. I love the dreamy, ethereal feel of the high-key effect.





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The 30 Days of Creativity has been amazing. I haven’t felt heaps of pressure which has been great because I think that would have taken a lot of the fun out of it. But it has definitely been a consideration &  motivation as I think about my day. I plan on doing it again next year, but I think I will be much more organised & plan out more activities instead of flying by the seat of my pants as much as I did. This has been inspirational for me & I’ve done so many fun things & stretched myself. I’m excited to get back into more of my traditional art disciplines.

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Challenge #1 Photoshop Actions & 30 Days of Creativity – Day 16

I love looking at photographer’s work. I have a pinboard on Pinterest dedicated to photography ideas. I asked a photographer friend of mine, Amy of Amy Mathews Photography, how she got some of her looks. She directed me to Florabella & MCP for their actions. They both have amazing Photoshop actions & I’d love to get some of them sometime. Not being a professional photographer though, it’s hard for me to justify the expense.

So I did a bit of searching, tried out a few free actions I found online, but none were really giving me the looks I wanted. Then I came across The Coffeeshop Blog. Rita has heaps of free Photoshop actions & I am just slowly working my way through them. She offers an explanation of the actions, but it’s easier for me if I can see what the effect will be. So I mostly just started grabbing actions & trying them. I need to spend some time learning how to use pre-assembled actions more – as far as making adjustments, etc. Super resource!

The boys & I went to the park & I happened to take my DSLR. 145 photos later… That’s the thing with digital cameras. Love it though. I’m also trying to be more disciplined with getting rid of photos so they don’t take up too much space.

I’ll be sharing more photos later, but I used some of The Coffeeshop Blog’s actions on two of the photos I took today.

Jude in a Tree - Before

I used Lusturous Pop& Eye Bright

Jude in a Tree - After


Zane - Before

I used Velvet Truffle & Eye Bright

Zane - After

Actions aren’t a substitute for good photography, but they can help make photos standout. I’m excited to try more of the actions from this great blog!

For details of this challenge, click here. For more information about 30 Days of Creativity, click here.

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Challenge #1 Infrared Photo Effect

I love the infrared photo effect. I didn’t have a great photo to start with. I have just got to get out there and take more pictures – I’m pretty good about taking pictures of my family, but I need to be better about just going out & taking pictures. Anyway, I wanted a recent picture & this is what I had. I think the infrared effect looks better when you start with brighter, more saturated colours, but I went with what I had. I love the photo – it’s my courageous boy, Jude on his first tree climbing adventure.

I used this tutorial & loved it. It was so clear & easy to follow. With some techniques, the writers seem to assume that you know more than you do. This tutorial may have included more info than necessary, but I prefer it that way.



I’m looking forward to using this effect on more photos in the future & I’ll definitely use this tutorial.

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Challenge #1 Cross Processing

Ever since I saw my brother-in-law & his wife’s wedding photos, I’ve loved the look of cross processing. At the time, I had no idea what it was called & I tried to recreate the look myself with Photoshop as well as scouring the interweb for tutorials. I eventually stumbled across the actually name for the look & since then have found many tutorials.

For the challenge this week, I used this tutorial.

Here are my results (I love using images of my handsome husband!):



 This came out a bit more yellow than I usually like, I tend to like a bit more of a blue cast to the image, but I think it came out great.

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Challenge #1 Masked Overlay Diffusion

I love the look of overlay diffusion & this tutorial was great in that it shows how to keep details that might otherwise get blended away. It was an easy tutorial with a lot of impact.

Here is my original photo:

Original Wedding Photo

And here is the altered image:

Masked Overlay Diffusion

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Challenge #1 Lomography

I wanted to spruce up my header so I used this tutorial for a lomo look. I really liked how easy it was & the effect is super cool.

Header Before:

Header After:

Has way more punch! I like it.

I also tried out the effect on a picture of my oldest son. Love how it turned out. I highly recommend this tutorial for its ease & super results.



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Challenge #1 Colorizing a Photo

So this week, I chose to colorize a photo. I used a black & white image of my Mom when she was in 8th grade, I believe. She’s gorgeous! You can read some of her writings & thoughts here.

I used this tutorial.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased. I’m not very good at masking, but I got better as I went along. The colors aren’t particularly subtle, but I love the look of colorized photos.

Here’s before:

Black & White Before

And this is after:

Colorizing After

It’s good to know how to do this for future reference. It was a challenge too, which was nice.

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Challenge #1 Vintage Photo Effect

I found a site that has some great photoshop tutorials & I will probably be drawing heavily from these tutorials for my Photoshop effects.

I love the 60s/70s look of retro & vintage photos, so I was excited to see a super easy tutorial for achieving this effect. I followed the instructions pretty much exactly though I added a bit more noise than was suggested.

Overall, I really like it. I will probably look for some other tuturials that do a similar thing, but I love this one for how easy it is!

Here are my before and afters!

Zane – Vintage Photo Effect 1 – Before

Zane - Vintage Photo Effect 1 - After

Zane - Vintage Photo Effect 2 - Before

Zane - Vintage Photo Effect 2 - After

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