2/12/2012 UPDATE: So here's the thing. Hubby & I are getting a divorce. I'm not advised to blog during this time so... Still on hold here. Will blog again when I can, I miss it so dearly. :)
I can still be reached via email: theunexpectedworldofmommyhood@gmail.com Thanks everyone for your prayers and support at this time. The going is tough, but I am tougher and know a better future is waiting. ~ Meg :)

9/26/2011 UPDATE: My blog is "on hold" for a little bit... there is A LOT going on around here {so there are no worries, everyone is healthy!} and I'm really just not ready to blog about it. I will be back. Thanks for understanding!! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shoot & Edit ~ Green, Edited!

Hi there! Thanks for stopping in to check my edit for this week. I am having so much fun exploring all the different things I can do to pictures. The creative side of my brain thanks me. Profusely. I mean, I didn't do anything astounding this week ~ it's just fun to do. :)
Look and see!!

Here is the SOOC picture:

The first things I did
Some lighting adjustments, like:
{Brightness, +29}
{Contrast, +35}
{Shadows, 50%}
{Darken Highlights, 1%}
{Midtone Contrast, 13%}

Then I cropped it.
And adjusted the colors. I forget what I did, whatever the color curves suggested that I liked. :)
I add layers between almost every step by the way.
Added another layer and made it B&W. I adjusted the B&W to my liking.
Then I got out the handy-dandy eraser, and erased all the part where the main pepper was. 
I wanted the color to POP!! What do you think?

Then I Ctrl +Z'd until I got back to after the step where I adjusted the color curves. Here's where I had some real fun!!! If you go to the toolbar and check out the Filters --> Adjustments --> Posterize. This is my picture, Posterized. With a quote.

This is cute, yes?

Scratch back to after color curving.... I cropped the picture again. This time, getting as close to the pepper as possible. Then I went to the Filters tab --> Distort --> Polar Coordinates. Here's where it gets tricky, not really. I selected Polar to Rectangular. You could also choose Rectangular to Polar. {Some of you might remember when Ashley did a tutorial on the whole polar thing... I don't have the link but if you're a follower of her blog, you probably know what I'm talking about. I think hers was Rec. to Polar.} When you select Polar Coordinates, the program will prompt you to select either one. 

This is what that edit looked like.

I'm not "in love" but I don't hate it either. It's just weird. It makes me think of 'Monsters, Inc.' Or some sort of bad 60's horror flick. Anyone?

Okay, one more edit. You still there?? :) 

Back to right after cropping the picture for a second time.
Then, Filter -> Stylize --> Glowing Edges

Tubular! I was NOT expecting that outcome! 
Obviously this is my favorite edit of them all. 
I could see this in my beach house. You know, if I had one.

Check out all the other awesome edits this week from Shoot & Edit. Link up your SOOC shot on Monday at Jill's blog, and your edited one on Thursdays at Ashley's blog! Hope to see you there. 
Thanks again for stopping by my blog. :) 


  1. I love the crop on the first edit and making the background black and white brings out the color as well. Nice job.

  2. Revenge of the killer peppers! Fun edits.

  3. Great idea to use the selective color to make the colors pop.

  4. i think the first edit was nicely done. i'm not a person who really likes selective color editing - but for this photo it worked.

  5. Like it! I've been playing with just the colors, and I saw this edit. Love the b&w. It really brought the pepper to life. LOL and yes Monstors inc. works.