Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good to Wow: Good Morning Edition, Edited

First, I want to thank Jill and Ashley for the time they take to host this challenge and to teach! Ashley has not only given great tutorials, but she has been so patient with me asking her questions!

So this week we had to photograph what says "Good morning" to us. I am NOT a morning person, so I prefer that no one say "Good morning" to me too loudly until I've had my shower...and poured my first cup of tea.

A summary of this week for me: I am working with just RAW photos, which I love! And good thing because all of my photos were underexposed (my house is so dark!), so I was able to adjust the exposure. AND...I have figured out those crazy layer masks!

Here was my first SOOC:
SOOC Morning Teapot


And here is my new and improved teapot:
Morning Teapot Edited

To begin with, I used all of Ashley's adjustments she suggested last week: the high pass filter and then setting the blend mode at soft light. I then ran Coffeeshop's Urban Grit action. Then I added a scratch texture I got from DeviantART; I brushed back on the teapot with a brush set at 75% opacity.

My second SOOC of my delicious tea:
SOOC Morning Tea


My edit:
Morning Tea Edited

After I completed the adjustments Ashley suggested last week, I added a gradient black/white layer which I brought down to 25% opacity.

My SOOC shot of my favorite mug:
SOOC Morning Mug


Minnie and Goofy now:
Morning Mug Edited

Yep - Ashley's edits. Then Coffeeshop's Soft and Dreamy action, painted it off the Disney mug, added a black/white gradient fill layer, adjusted opacity. Then I painted back the mug.

Last, the SOOC of my tea cups:
SOOC Morning Tea Cups


And my new tea cups:
Morning Tea Cups Edited

High pass filter, set blend mode to soft light. Ran Coffeeshop's Johnna's Tea Party (appropriate, no?). Added Coffeeshop's Vintage Valentine texture. Brushed off the front cup with brush set at 50% opacity, brushed off back cup with brush set at 35% opacity. I then added a black/white gradient fill layer and adjusted the opacity appropriately.

And that is it! What a fun tea party!

31 comments:

CrossView said...

Those are just cool! All of 'em! :O)

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

You totally ROCKED these - the tea shot is GORGEOUS! Love them all!

Blessings,
Jill

Christine said...

oh wow! you have so many, but i must say the tea is beautifully edited, love the pop of white :) thanks for your comment & happy thursday!!!

Lexi said...

wow, all of these edits are gorgeous! love the softness of the first and last one! so pretty!

Michelle said...

Oh, my goodness! These are totally awesome! Look at you go!! I love how your tea leaves/stuff shot turned out - but my favorite is your coffee mug! Love how it's brighter and not yellow-cast anymore!

jillconyers said...

All are awesome edits but the tea shot is my favorite. It's the colors :)

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

The last shot, the teacups, was the best! But I couldn't see the sooc shots, so I can't compare them. But the edits are all great!

Ashley Sisk said...

These are so so good! I think my favorite may be the second and last edits. But seriously, wonderful job!

Carla S said...

I enjoyed then all! I have a couple of favorite coffee mugs and one of them is Mickey Mouse! :)

Anonymous said...

amazing edits!!

love and life ♥ said...

These are all so beautiful! Great tea party! The first one is my favorite, love the texture. It fits so well! My Uncle has a pot very similar, he got it ordered in from Japan, so authentic! I want one! xx

Joni said...

these are beautiful. i love what you have done.

Linda said...

Wow!! Yeah...wow!! You are getting REALLY good...is this a relatively new thing for you, or did I just never notice what an amazing photographer you are?!? This was a REALLY cool post!

And...thanks for posting the MM button!!

Mommy2Four said...

Really great job! Love them!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Those are cool edits - I love how you did that disney cup.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Oh my goodness- I love that shot of the Mickey & Minnie mug amongst the plain ones. What a striking shot.

Thanks for stopping by today. Glad you liked the cookies

Tabitha said...

I wasn't able to view any of the 'before' shots, but the edits are wonderful!

allisonhoffman said...

can I just say WOW!!! to the shot of the loose tea, beautiful, beautiful colors, composition, just beautiful!

Courtney said...

LOVE all your edits. Dramatic differences in your shots. Great job!

Kimberly said...

Okay, you made it hard to pick a favorite! I love the edit to the tea and the Disney cup is just wonderful! The others are great too ... but those 2 are my favs.

Sarah Halstead said...

Wow!! Great edits.

Sarah C. said...

Those shots were great SOOC, but wow loving the edits! I feel like I could reach into the screen and grab a bit of that tea. ;)

stephanie slater clark said...

AWESOME GIRL! You edits are great. I love the mugs! It REALLY pops.

Karly said...

I love your edits, they are fantastic!

tsinclair said...

You are doing great! I really love the tea pot and the Disney ones.

AMY said...

I'm a new follower! LOVE your photo's and editing....great job!

The Minnie mug photo is Amazing......Awesome shot!

julie said...

Your edits are ALL awesome...my fav is the lovely teacups!

Courtney from The Story of Us said...

Beautiful edits & you taught me about some Coffeeshop stuff I didn't know about...so thanks for that! I Think your last edit is my favorite & I could definitely see it on canvas. :0)

Michelle Sheldon said...

love these . . . especially the tea!

Carmen said...

Wow I love all of your edits!!
The last one is my favorite!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have a good weekend!! ;)

Linda said...

All of your edits are stunning! My favorites are the photo of the tea and the photo of your coffee mugs. I like how the Disney one really pops.