The first thing I had to do was fix mom’s eyes – it looks like she was just about to blink! So I cloned better eyes from another shot (one where the baby was hiding her face!). To do this, I used the clone tool. At the same time I decided the dead treetops were distracting so I cloned those out too. Then I went on to my regular editing steps.
- Ran Imagnomic’s Noiseware at default settings
- Used MCP actions “powder your nose” from the Magic Skin Photoshop action set to remove the bruise from the baby’s forhead – set at default opacity.
- Bumped the midtones in Curves
- Added contrast with light s-curve using Curves
- Used MCP actions “touch of light” free photoshop action to reduce the shadows on all of their faces – set at 60% opacity
- Used the Magic See-Saw action from the Bag of Tricks action set to adjust the skin tones and color – added red/reduced cyan, added yellow/reduced blue.
- Flattened the image and used MCP actions “fake blue sky” action from the Bag of Tricks set and left it at the default opacity. This action worked like a charm! It looks so real and identical to the sky in another image taken in a different direction where I did not have a blown sky.
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