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Jan 11, 2022 19:54:39   #
CindyHouk Loc: Nw MT
 
Hi all, I made a cross stitch picture for my nephew and will be adding a photo of him and his new bride. They got married in Disney World so the only photo I have to use is the one I attached with all the people in it.

I have tried to use the blur tool in PS to blur the people but since I am not very good with PS mine just looks nasty! I am hoping you guys could give me some idea's and pointers on how to edit this photo to make it look nice. Or is it a lost cause and I should just print it the way it is?

The photo will need to be no larger than 5x4 in size...I included the cross stitch that it will go into as well.

I appreciate any help anyone can offer.

Thanks
Cindy


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Jan 11, 2022 20:42:39   #
tramsey Loc: Texas
 
It's an excellent photo - but not for what you want to use it for. I'm like you, not so good with ps. I use a couple of others but what you want to do is way beyond what those programs are capable. We have a couple of real pros with ps, so just be patient and things will come.

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Jan 11, 2022 20:50:05   #
CindyHouk Loc: Nw MT
 
tramsey wrote:
It's an excellent photo - but not for what you want to use it for. I'm like you, not so good with ps. I use a couple of others but what you want to do is way beyond what those programs are capable. We have a couple of real pros with ps, so just be patient and things will come.


I feel so bad for Kara....she has wanted a church wedding with all the trimmings and has had it scheduled 3 different times but because of Covid it has gotten canceled each time...so they just eloped last year. Then she tried again to have the wedding party get together so that she could at least wear her dress and the party could get pictures done...but again...that has been postponed a few times as well this past year.

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Jan 11, 2022 21:04:51   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
It's way beyond my capabilities, Cindy. Good luck!

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Jan 11, 2022 21:24:03   #
CindyHouk Loc: Nw MT
 
I have been messing with it and here is what I have come up with so far...I just don't know what if anything I can do about all the people in the background. I was able to adjust colors, adjust skin tone, whiten the teeth, cropped and fixed the darker marks around her eyes, brightened the couple up and darkened the background people.


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Jan 11, 2022 21:36:15   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
How about this for blur? I can do more if you need it.


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Jan 11, 2022 21:39:14   #
waltnetto Loc: LaVerne, CA
 
Here's a try for you, Cindy.


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Jan 11, 2022 21:43:58   #
CindyHouk Loc: Nw MT
 
UTMike wrote:
How about this for blur? I can do more if you need it.


Wow...that looks sooooo much better than what I was trying to do. How did you do it?

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Jan 11, 2022 21:45:39   #
CindyHouk Loc: Nw MT
 
waltnetto wrote:
Here's a try for you, Cindy.


That is awesome....ok...so how did you do that?

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Jan 11, 2022 21:52:50   #
waltnetto Loc: LaVerne, CA
 
Made a duplicate layer (Control J).Selected the subject. Masked the subject. Blurred the first layer which does not effect the top layer with the mask. Added a little drop of exposure and a bit of clarity. Also added some vignetting.

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Jan 11, 2022 22:10:29   #
CindyHouk Loc: Nw MT
 
waltnetto wrote:
Made a duplicate layer (Control J).Selected the subject. Masked the subject. Blurred the first layer which does not effect the top layer with the mask. Added a little drop of exposure and a bit of clarity. Also added some vignetting.


Thanks....let me play and see if I can duplicate your edits!

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Jan 12, 2022 09:59:37   #
d3200prime
 
CindyHouk wrote:
Hi all, I made a cross stitch picture for my nephew and will be adding a photo of him and his new bride. They got married in Disney World so the only photo I have to use is the one I attached with all the people in it.

I have tried to use the blur tool in PS to blur the people but since I am not very good with PS mine just looks nasty! I am hoping you guys could give me some idea's and pointers on how to edit this photo to make it look nice. Or is it a lost cause and I should just print it the way it is?

The photo will need to be no larger than 5x4 in size...I included the cross stitch that it will go into as well.

I appreciate any help anyone can offer.

Thanks
Cindy
Hi all, I made a cross stitch picture for my nephe... (show quote)


Hi Cindy,

I cropped your image, hope you don't mind, to accent the subjects and remove much of the people and things that detract. You still know the location by the castle in the background. I used Photoscape x pro to do the processing. I'm not a pro but just trying to help.



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Jan 12, 2022 10:29:23   #
CindyHouk Loc: Nw MT
 
d3200prime wrote:
Hi Cindy,

I cropped your image, hope you don't mind, to accent the subjects and remove much of the people and things that detract. You still know the location by the castle in the background. I used Photoscape x pro to do the processing. I'm not a pro but just trying to help.


I appreciate the help! I think I like your crop better than mine....thank you!

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Jan 12, 2022 11:07:37   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
IMO you don't need to fret too much about the background. Their memories of this time will include the crowds and the bright lights and if you do too much to remove them you'll be diluting their memories of the event. In my edit I just used some brush work to back off the highlights, contrast and clarity in the parts of the background that needed subduing. I also used Denoise to soften as well. As you can see, I did nothing extreme. IMO it's just parts of the background that need subduing a little.

I also used some cloning to allow the crop that I wanted to give just the right amount of context - not too much, not too little. Kara's complexion needs better than I gave it here but we only have a small jpeg to work on and you seem to be on top of it yourself.
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Jan 12, 2022 11:08:25   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
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