One Photo Focus. (November).

Time for November’s One Photo Focus, a challenge hosted by Stacy Visual Venturing. In this challenge, several bloggers will take one photo and edit it in their own way.

This month’s photo is this great shot by Helen Chen.NOV 1PForiginalAt first look, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this. I wanted something different than black and white or sepia though, which were my first thoughts. So I tried to venture into a path of making this photo look like a sketch.

My first filter was the charcoal preset, which is in the Filter Gallery in Photoshop CS5. I applied that with the following perimeters:

  • Thickness 2
  • Detail 5
  • Light/Dark Balance 41.

I decreased the opacity of this layer to 70 percent so some of the original layer could show throw still.

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 9.07.09 PM

After that, I tried a color dodge on a new layer. You do this in the layer section and it is a drop down option above the layers of your picture. I think did a Control or Command I, depending on whether you are a Mac or PC user. Then I applied a Gaussian Blur of 26. For even more dramatic color, I bumped the saturation up to 69 and changed the hue to +9.Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 9.07.26 PMThen I merged the charcoal layer with the color dodge layer above. Once they were together as one photo, I applied the HDR Toning feature under Adjustments. I used the settings that you see below.

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 9.05.41 PM  I like the way the colors blurred together like a pencil sketch. So after that, I just added a little more saturation (+20) to the hue and bumped up the contrast by 25. The result is below.

NOV 1PFedit

What do you think? Does it look like a drawing? What would you have tried?

If you are not familiar with the challenge, click on the badge below to see Stacy’s One Photo Focus. In that post, she shows all the before and afters of all the contributing bloggers. It is a fun challenge to see, even if you don’t make an edit yourself.



11 thoughts on “One Photo Focus. (November).

  1. I LOVE IT! I have used charcoal filter before, but I used it as the way it is. I mean I didn’t know how to apply different settings. And I have never thought of adding another color dodge layer. You have taught me several things! Thank you. I can’t wait to give them a try!

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  2. I really, really have to delve into all these menu choices and filters. Thanks for spelling your choices out, Michelle. I like the charcoal sketch, but absolutely understand wanting to take it further. Helen’s photo was a challenge, that’s for certain 🙂

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        1. I have had the tools for years, like decades actually. Yet, I am just now discovering some things. And, I bet there is even more I can do if I dig more. I think learning is endless, so don’t feel bad.

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