Naomi, Before and After

This young lady was photographed by her mother. Mom didn't like the fact that she was so dark and that there was so much detail in the background. I took this photo past Adobe Photoshop Elements Version 6 and the following is the result.

I brightened up the picture and put a blur on the background. It isn't perfect, but it is a start. What do you think?
To Jenni, MUD


  1. Anonymous5:31 PM

    I use a previous version of Photoshop elements (3.0) and I think elements is the ultimate photo editing program. Isn't it nice to be able to salvage photos that once before we would have thrown away. I am glad to see you are using what you learned from your trip. The more you use it the easier it becomes. Ray I.

  2. I use Photoshop 7.0 but only rarely. Your techniques are certainly taking off, MUD. The shopped photo is clearly w-a-a-a-y superior to the original.

    The bad thing is that her mother was in the wrong place for the photo. You should chastise her for that.

  3. Okay, I feel chastised, Two Dogs. Where should I have been? I'm taking notes here.

    Yes, MUD, this is the sort of thing I am wanting to do. Thanks:o) I need to just go ahead and buy that dadgummed PhotoShop and quit messing around. I'm still trying to decide whether to get Elements or CS3, though. CS3 is waaaaay expensive, but I've got a project it I want to do that I need something like that. These decisions are always so tough! I'll probably just get the 30-day free trial of CS3, do my project with it, and then buy Elements. I'm just afraid I won't want to go back after trying CS3.

    Good work, and thanks again!

  4. Go to the Sam's Club in Wichita and get a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements for about $80.00. At least one person said you should have been down on the floor looking up with a flash fill. Problem is that you probably would have blinded her. Perhaps a staged photo next time. Yes, I should have used a dark blur not a light one. I would describe your young gymnast as at the young colt stage. All legs and arms. Pretty good picture from downloading a photo from your site and then putting it on mine.

  5. Mud,
    I think it's a big improvement too. I have Elements 4, and Photoshop7. Elements does 99% of what I do and for the most part MUCH more user friendly. I didn't even load PS7 into my new computer and haven't missed it a bit. I'll upgrade to 6 one of these days. I see Amazon.com has it for 79.99 with a $20 rebate http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/00/00/00/72/11/81/72118169._V26105777_.pdf and free shipping. I may take the leap.