This chapter is the chapter I have been waiting for, how to make some badly taken photo look a thousand times better.  In this chapter you used 5 different images with a different selection of tools.  This made the task fly past, as it was like 5 mini challenges instead of one big problem like Chapter 5.

The first image (well a block of 3) was a white temple, it was a group of photos taken at different angles and with different exposure so the ‘white balance’ was wrong.  This was a good test to make the image look better, between a combination of chanding the cloud effect the sharpeness of the gold cross and changing the overall white balance it was a nice little task, at the end of the day I was trying to make the image look like it was taken on a sunny day, not the cloudy one.  With changing the white balance it made the clouds look ‘fluffy’ and this gave the image more contrast.  A neat feature was the ability to play with one image and then apply your changes to a group of images, this was a nice touch – a simple synchronize box in the ‘camera raw screen’

The next image to get the PS treatment was a portrait of a Mum and Son, here we changed the shadows and highlights of the background, bringing them to life, so they became a focal point not just a blare, and the best one ever, had to remove the red eye from the child.  This was quite a simple job, selected the ‘red eye’ tool, then select the size of the pupil and amount you want to darken the image.  Clicked on each eye on the red and the eye becomes normal – the most common failure in a digital image, fixed in 10 secs, fantastic

On this house we had to copy and move a window and remove the christmas weath, this photo caused me the most trouble, the vanishing point tool and grid….. omg how annoying was it not to get it to line up to get the grid.  Move that point in a bit, move that point out until you got the grid… then only for the book to give you the wrong instructions???  It tells you to select the window, then press ALT and then Shift and move the window and the vanishing point grid will keep the image in scale… yer right, all that would happen was you moved the marquee down but no window…..  So I pluggen my mouse in and after a few goes and a mistake I held the ALT and Shift down at the same time and hay presto one moving scaling window, how hard was that.  Using the same tool you then selected a bit of the building moved it down over the wreath and then using the ‘transform tool’ you got some handles that allowed you to stretch the image – nice touch, again the book was wrong, but as I was still in a tizz about the window I tried it that way and it worked.

The old temple with nobbly knees 😉  The columns are slightly out of shape, the ‘lens correction’ tool is great, you just move the distortion slider and you can have some fun, but you have to make them look straight 😉  One thing thou, this tool has a lot options so is very difficult to use for the first timer, but playing with each option and you can get so fun results.

If i’m honest here these 2 tools we used here did nowt for my eyes, but you use the ‘auto bleed and auto align tools’.  I guess the idea is any main features in either photo is aligned with the other photo so the wine glass and the house for instance in this photo.  The finished image did look good, but so did the first 2 before you started, just seemed to be layered wrong, so if you removed one layer you got a simular effect – but like I said my eyes might be shot 😉

As a conclusion i did find the chapter quite fun and did like the way you used different tools on each photo, and some of the experimenting you could do was good fun

Final Church psd          Final Portrait psd           Final House psd          Final Temple psd       Final Wine glass psd

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