For Week Two of the One Four Challenge, I tried to use some of the comments I received from Week One’s edit, which is below.
Nic suggested that I try to adjust the colors of just the tomatoes, and not the overall picture. So, I went into Photoshop CS5 and used the magic lasso tool to select the circumference of each globe. Originally, I tried to use the oval tool but that was just too sloppy. The lasso tool was not too bad to use though. However, I did have to do each tomato separately, which made me decide to make them all a different color. (The yellow one in the back is the original color for comparison though.) Before I did this though, I did make a separate layer of the photo so I could revert to the original if I got too far and overworked.
The edges of the color changes did need to be blended some as they were a bit too obvious, especially the read. There is something about read that seems to stand out and need more tweaking I have noticed. ??? Look at the picture above and you can see the red one seems to be a bit fake. The line, particularly on the right side is a bit too harsh and fake.
So to soften them, I used a combination of the clone tool and blur tool. I tried to blend and blur the edges a bit more. There is also a an option, while the magic lasso is still open, to work on the edges, but I could not really figure it out yet. That will require some future research and practice.
After all that color changing and blending, I applied the HDR Toning effect as well. (See the settings below.) I thought this would soften all the details a bit more so that it looked more natural.
Somewhere in between all that, I also did a crop on the picture per svtakeiteasy‘s comment last week. I completely forgot to work on lensaddiction‘s idea on removing the dead leaf in the foreground though. Sorry! I can see how distracting it is now though, especially now that I cropped it. Next week, I will have to play with that…if I remember.
Anyway, here is the finally edit. What do you think?
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