A before and after processing tutorial using Photoshop

A before and after processing tutorial using Photoshop

Every photographer has their own unique style as well as their own way of processing images.  There are so many different ways to achieve certain looks whether it be in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Lightroom, Photoshop or a combination of these.  I don’t claim to be a Photoshop genius by any means.  A lot of what I have learned has been from trial and error, tutorials from other photographers just like this one (there are TONS right here on the CMblog and also on the photography forum in the tutorials section), and just practicing on my own and seeing what works for me and my workflow.  By the way, if you want to learn more about my workflow be sure to check out my mini breakout session available for purchase in the CMstore which includes my exclusive Color Boost + Haze action.  Or you can just read all the way down to the bottom for a chance to win it!

Before Image:

This is my image SOOC (straight out of camera).  Thank you to my gorgeous daughter for modeling for me!  I shoot in auto white balance so my images automatically come out very cool.  The image was shot close to sunset and was taken with my Canon 5D Mark ii and 85mm 1.2L.  My settings were f/2.2, 1/640, ISO 400.

before and after post processing tutorial by Sara Seeton

ACR Edits:

I pulled the image into ACR and made the following adjustments (mainly just warmed up the white balance):

before and after editing tutorial by Sara Seeton

temperature +5150
recovery +11
contrast +26
clarity +3

Photoshop Edits:

Then I pulled the image into PS (I use CS5) and made the following adjustments:

I ran my own color boost and haze action (you can buy it here in the CMstore), reduced the color boost layer to 55%

editing tutorial by Sara Seeton

To add a little more haze, I created a new levels layer and changed the output levels on the RGB tab to 15

how to edit photos tutorial by Sara Seeton

Then I wanted some more warmth, so I changed the output levels on the red tab to 31

how to post process photos tutorial by Sara Seeton

This was a little too much, so I then changed the opacity of that levels layer to 64%

post processing tutorial by Sara Seeton

The image was needing a little more contrast, so I added a contrast layer and bumped up the contrast to +16

editing in Adobe Camera Raw tutorial by Sara Seeton

Then I duplicated the background layer and selected the burn tool, set the exposure to 20%, and started burning the background a little bit.

editing in ACR tutorial by Sara Seeton

Almost done, I just need to fix up some of the stray hairs, etc. on her forehead.

editing in Photoshop tutorial by Sara Seeton

So again, I duplicate the background layer and using the spot healing brush, I carefully went over the areas I wanted cleaned up.

processing tutorial by Sara Seeton

Voila!  All done…and super simple!

before and after editing tutorial in ACR and Photoshop by Sara Seeton

winner update!

Congratulations to Taryn who said, “I love your work! Your style is so clean and fresh. Thank you for sharing on techniques. I shared this post via Pinterest!”!  Taryn, contact me at april@clickinmoms.com and I’ll get you set up with your prize!

Would you like the opportunity to win a free copy of Sara’s Speed Up Your Workflow breakout session?  This is your lucky chance!  Sara is offering up one free copy of her breakout to one random person.  All you need to do is share this blog post (you can use the share buttons below or in the top right corner of the sidebar) on twitter, Facebook, and/or pinterest and then come back here to comment and let us know.  A random will be announced next Thursday September 27, 2012 at noon EST on this post so make sure and tune back in next week to see if you’re the big winner!

About the Author:

Sara may be Canadian but she lives the Texas life with her husband and two daughters. A long time lover of photography, it wasn’t until her children were born that she realized it was her passion. Having a design background she also loves to spend her time working with branding and logos but also enjoys chillin’ on the couch, eating junk food, catching up with her DVR, her iphone, cinnamon dolce lattes, and vanilla coke. Visit Sara Seeton online.
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49 Comments

  1. Kelly K Sep 20 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Tweeted! https://twitter.com/kelkendall/status/24880348325
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Ronda Meyer Sep 20 2012 at 11:21 am - Reply

    lovley work ! first time on this site ! thanks for sharing !

  3. Alayna Sep 20 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I shared on Facebook!

  4. Alayna Sep 20 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I also pinned it!

  5. Kellie Bryan Sep 20 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Great tutorial – thanks for sharing! Shared on pinterest 🙂

  6. Davina Sep 20 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial, Sara. I happily shared it on Twitter!

  7. Tiffany Tracy Sep 20 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    THANKS! I shared on facebook and Pinterst!!

  8. Angela Sep 20 2012 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I shared on Facebook 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lesley @ Rural Route Sep 20 2012 at 11:35 am - Reply
  10. Greta Sep 20 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    I tweeted it 🙂

  11. Greta Sep 20 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I also Pinned it!

  12. homedinerproject Sep 20 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Pinned this to my Photography board on Pintrest http://pinterest.com/pin/121104677451071952/

  13. Chelsi Sep 20 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Posted on fb 🙂

  14. Kristi P Sep 20 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial! I love seeing how others do their processing! Thanks Sara! Tweeted!!

  15. Ellen Sep 20 2012 at 12:18 pm - Reply
  16. Ellen Sep 20 2012 at 12:20 pm - Reply
  17. Judy Sep 20 2012 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Posted on FB. Thank you for the chance to win!

  18. Sara Sep 20 2012 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Shared on fb! It’s a really nice Tutorial ❤

  19. Rachel Dale Sep 20 2012 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    pinned this great blog post!!! thanks for the awesome Tips Sarah!

  20. jennifer Sep 20 2012 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Love this tutorial Sarah! Great tips!

  21. Catherine Heyres Sep 20 2012 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Shared on Twitter, thanks!

  22. Sara B Sep 20 2012 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I pinned it!!! Now, I can come back to it later when I try it out on my own photos! Thanks!!!

  23. Amy Sep 20 2012 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/26458716532021032/ From a fellow Canadian living in Texas-thanks for the detailed tutorial!

  24. abbie Sep 20 2012 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    face book!!

  25. Kristin Sep 20 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I shared on FB!!

  26. Jenna Stoller Sep 20 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Love it!

  27. julie H Sep 20 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    thanks for the tips- I 'pinned' it 🙂

  28. Adeena Sep 20 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Tweeted! Thanks for the chance! 😀
    https://twitter.com/PuppetMasterx11/status/248958

  29. Flo Dupuy Sep 20 2012 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I posted on Facebook!

  30. Dana Foley Sep 20 2012 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Pinned it! Thanks for the giveaway and all of the tips, Sara!

  31. photogirl Sep 20 2012 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    tweeted @ejoyphoto

  32. Taryn heck Sep 21 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I love your work! Your style is so clean and fresh. Thank you for sharing on techniques. I shared this post via Pinterest!

    • Taryn heck Sep 21 2012 at 12:20 am - Reply

      *your techniques

  33. Lori :) Sep 21 2012 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Share it on my personal FB page!

  34. Lori :) Sep 21 2012 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Shared it on Twitter – @Mother_Matters

  35. Lori :) Sep 21 2012 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Shared it on my Mothering Matters FB page!

  36. Mitchi Rosales-Jang Sep 21 2012 at 1:07 am - Reply

    I shared this on my FB fan page

  37. Monica Diaz Sep 21 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply
  38. Sandi Sep 21 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Shared on facebook. Thanks!

  39. Rebecca Sep 21 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    pinned it! Thanks so much!

  40. amyforehand Sep 21 2012 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I shared on Pintrest!

  41. Monica Nettle Sep 21 2012 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Shared on FB! 🙂

  42. Kate Eschbach Sep 21 2012 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this opportunity! https://twitter.com/SongsKateSang/status/24935100

  43. TinaJCarson Sep 22 2012 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Posted on Pinterest! Thanks for the lesson!

  44. melt003 Sep 24 2012 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Definitely a yes! Thanks for the chance! I shared on fb and tweeted.

  45. Kathy Thorson Sep 24 2012 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you Sara for taking the time for this tutorial. Extremely helpful.

  46. Michelle Sep 25 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I shared on FB!

  47. Janeen Sep 26 2012 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I shared via Twitter. Great information! https://twitter.com/wildvanilla/status/2510721794

  48. Norris Beltrame Oct 15 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It is the little changes which will make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!

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