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Photo Editing Help Required

Apr 22, 2014, 14:19
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Photo Editing Help Required
Hello Friends

This is my first post to this forum. I am learning gimp from past few days. So far I am impressed with it and enjoying learning it more and more.
I am trying to edit a photo of kid. I am attaching both original stock photo and the edited one. I am not fully satisfied with the results so far. Can you please suggest what else can be done to improve the picture further.

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Apr 22, 2014, 15:58 (This post was last modified: Apr 22, 2014 15:59 by rich2005.)
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RE: Photo Editing Help Required
It is very 'blown' at the top.

Probably same as you, a simple curves adjustment but here I applied it to a selection. Not a particually exact selection. Used the quick mask to paint it in but did finish off around the edges with a smallish fuzzy brush.
Rather than the more usual S-curve I just pulled in the top and bottom.

http://i.imgur.com/0bezrTu.jpg

Then inverted the selection and blurred the background since it is a distraction. Gaussian blur about 50.
Top is still too blown so crop the image to remove the top-right corner which to me is another distraction.

http://i.imgur.com/eNOfa3l.jpg

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Apr 23, 2014, 06:36
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RE: Photo Editing Help Required
(Apr 22, 2014 15:58)rich2005 Wrote:  It is very 'blown' at the top.

Probably same as you, a simple curves adjustment but here I applied it to a selection. Not a particually exact selection. Used the quick mask to paint it in but did finish off around the edges with a smallish fuzzy brush.
Rather than the more usual S-curve I just pulled in the top and bottom.

http://i.imgur.com/0bezrTu.jpg

Then inverted the selection and blurred the background since it is a distraction. Gaussian blur about 50.
Top is still too blown so crop the image to remove the top-right corner which to me is another distraction.

http://i.imgur.com/eNOfa3l.jpg

Thanks rich2005 for your suggestions. If I only want to fix the blown out head portion, what is the best way to do the same ?
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Apr 23, 2014, 07:00 (This post was last modified: Apr 23, 2014 07:03 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Photo Editing Help Required
For a sublte photographer effect. (with your edited photo, or rich's addition)

Duplicate your image layer. "Filters > Blurs > Guassian blur..."
Turn up the about enough to make all the edge/lines softer, don't worry about the whole image being blurry.

Then in the layers window, the top blurred image, change the mode to "Screen" or play around with another mode.
Adjust the opacity if needed.
It's late & I need some sleep, so I'll update with an example of how it will look in the morning Smile


Another way to fix the blown out wall or light, is you could use the flip tool & adjust the opacity of the new layer.
Select the half of the image that is normal, copy & paste it as a new layer. Then flip it & adjust the layer opacity.
(I'll also put an example of what that will look like ^^)

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Apr 23, 2014, 08:31
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RE: Photo Editing Help Required
@ iForStyle007 that seems interesting.
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Apr 24, 2014, 00:31
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RE: Photo Editing Help Required
(Apr 23, 2014 08:31)jagandeep Wrote:  @ iForStyle007 that seems interesting.

Rich's fix for the washout is better than when I tried.
I just did a selection on the top right with the hair and the wall, copied that section to a new layer "Edit> Copy", "Edit> Paste as > New layer..."
then "Colors > Brightness-Contrast..." and then erase the hard edges with a soft brush using the Eraser eraser tool.

(I tried my Flip flip tool theory, but it doesn't work due to the background not consistent enough.)

For the phototographer effect I mentioned earlier, that washout can actually accent the photo Smile

After you add the blur and change the layer mode. You can add more blur to the top blurred "screen" layer to increase the effect some. Use the opacity slider under the layer mode to decrease the strength or maybe "Edit > Fade..."

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Final result on the right side
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