Peek a Boo! Ranger sees you!
I have been having a blast going back through all my old photos and playing with them in Picnik.
What is Picnik? It is a online photo editing tool, and I love it. I don't know about you...but I do not speak fluent PhotoShop. Even after taking a class I found myself huddled in the corner, shaking, overwhelmed with feelings of fear, anxiety and inadequacy. It was ugly.
I am normally very good with all software. I can wiz around Excel, make scenarios, macros, lookup functions, pivot tables, and audit formulas - but I can't figure out how to flatten an image without Photoshop for Dummies.
I could learn it if I owned the software & time to practice...but right now I dont have several hundred dollars laying around that I want to spend on Photoshop. So I found the next best thing.
Picnik. Photo editing made easy for morons like me.
Next month I am planning on buying Adobe Elements and learn that. For now I am enjoying Picnik. It is cheap, SUPER easy and fun! Everything you do...you can UNDO! Woohoo!
I like that I can take a decent shot like this...(straight out of the camera) that is just lacking something...no ooomph.
And make it look like this through a series of easy to manipulate functions and adding a texture.
Edit: Adjust Exposure, raise color saturation a bit, bring up the temperature.
Create tab: apply ortonish action fade to 60%
Touch-up tab: apply slight eye bright to eyes - fade 70%
Drag a texture up from my PhotoBucket, adjust to 'hardlight' and fade 50%
Apply border under create tab.
Apply signature in text
Doing that in Photoshop would have left me sniffling under my desk. All you fantastic Photoshop people out there have talent and skills I only dream about. For me, there is Picnik.
Here are a couple more before and after shots.
Not so blah.
Okay so I may have over processed this one a smidge.
But I like it - it looks like something out of a fairy tale fantasy.
In this one I thought Bonnie was too dark and just...well...meh.
So I cropped it, then started playing with the functions. Doesn't look much like the shot above anymore eh?
It is so much fun!
Here are a couple without so many extreme actions applied. Just crop, color boost, sharpness mask and something else I cant remember.
Pretty cool huh?
One thing...don't over process eye ball peepers with Eye Bright. Like I have a bad habit of doing.
Before I got my new monitor the colors were muted and I thought I was making Ranger's eyes look bright and happy. In actuality he looked like someone popped his normal eyes out of his head and inserted a shiny set of marbles.
I tried to fix his eyes then and added a bokeh texture and tint in the back ground.
Better...at least the Bokeh distracts you from the wacko eyes.
Give it a shot. You have to pay for the premium functions, but it is only $24 something a year. For me, this is working till I can get Elements and learn it.
I have been having a blast experimenting with textures. You can find free textures on Flickr. Just search Textures - and then respect the requests of people who are providing them for download.
Brynn Before (I miss this little Monkey so much)
Brynn after, with heavy texture and a bunch of functions layered one on top of another. I just started trying stuff until I found things I liked. The fun part is you can undo anything you try!