My editing style is pretty simple. Some images require a heavier editing hand than others, but I rarely spend more than just a few minutes on an image. In the image of HJ above, I not only did my basic Photoshop edit to boost the colors and depth, but I also cloned out the junk on the ground behind him, and added in a very subtle sky overlay.
- I cropped the image a little from the left so Holden would be less centered.
- I always do my cloning/patching before any other adjustments. This image was taken on a dirt pile near a junky work area, so there were some scraps in the yard that weren’t very pretty. I used the patch tool for the above image, drawing around the objects and selecting a piece of grass or dirt to drag it in place. And when the patch tool doesn’t work the way I want it to, I select the clone tool for those finer details.
- I used the healing brush to remove icing from his shirt.
- I added a subtle sky overlay next. I have my own stockpile of sky images (and you can do this yourself—grab a picture of the sky at different times of day every now and then and keep them in a folder!) You could also download sky overlays online, like these from DSisk Photography. I run sky overlays at a pretty low opacity so that it’s believable.
- I added a Curves adjustment later to brighten the image and add contrast overall.
- I also added a slight boost to the Saturation, which I then masked off of his skin and red shirt.
- I added a dark brown vignette to the image using a Gradient fill layer. (Low opacity.)
So other than the patching/cloning and the sky overlay, this was a really simple Photoshop edit. Stay tuned, because there will be more before & after posts in weeks to come!