Fix It Friday #2

Well, it's Friday again (hallelujah)...so I thought I'd give the "Fix it Friday" challenge a try again (you can find it at i ♥ faces).

Here's the "Before" picture - in my opinion, the biggest problem with this photo is all the distraction in the background.


Of the edits I did, here's my favorite "after" shot.  Cropped, added a vintage process, and a vignette in Light Room.  Then went to PS Elements for the cloning out of the clutter and a funky frame.




PS.  Before settling on the cloning tool to remove clutter in the background, I tried to select the little girl to just eliminate the background all together so I could replace it with something else.

I'm not happy with the "cut" though (looks way unnatural) - Please....anyone have a good trick for isolating a subject to crop them from the background? This isn't the first time I've struggled with this, especially when dealing with hair. Help me out!


wenderful  – (7/17/2009 05:02:00 PM)  

I agree. Cropping hair is tough. I think she looks great in the middle photo though. Very nice job!

way outnumbered  – (7/17/2009 05:44:00 PM)  

I like the frame alot that you added and I think she looks good "cut out". I only know how to use the selection tool to isolate the subject then "refine edge" for some natural looking edges. I've read with hair wisps that it's helpful to clone from the original the wispy parts back in. Good Luck!

Nancy Brown  – (7/17/2009 08:00:00 PM)  

I have no idea how to make it easier. I do like the first one. the frame is kinda fun. Great job

llaxton  – (7/17/2009 08:34:00 PM)  

Dealing with hair can be tough, but if you use a softer brush it helps. Also zooming in really really close is a huge help also. Nice job...

Craig and Bethany  – (7/18/2009 04:24:00 PM)  

Wow. Spectacular transformation in the first one!

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