How do you know where to taken an image in editing? Do you go simple and straightforward, rich and colorful, light and airy? How about all of the above! That’s really what I love about the HeARTy actions that I’ve created. You can do it all. I really didn’t want to create a set of actions that pigeon hole you into certain looks. If you want simple clean, you can do that. If you prefer rich and intense color, you can do that too. If you want light and delicate, why not… do that instead! The HeART & Soul collection is more workflow and fix actions. The Creative HeART collection is more of your color toolbox. You can do light color, rich color, or anything in between. Today, I’ll show you a few versions of the same image.
Original, SOOC- Straight out of camera
This image was well lit, had great catchlights and nice color. See previous post for how to achieve that.
Simple, Light Rich Edit
1. Eye-citement 33% ran on the irises of the eyes. This action works especially well for brown eyes. It lightens the color a bit, gives depth and contrast. This made her eyes pop and the catchlights bright, which I love in my eyes.
2. Basic Boost-Color Keeper 40%, masked off the face a bit.
3. Zing! ran 2 times at 100%, masked off the skin and hair on both layers.
4. Sun Kissed Skin 100% masked onto just her chest and arms to give them a light glow.
5. Flawless Face 100% Inverted the black concealing layer mask to white to reveal the flawless face everywhere, then masked it off her hair and skin a little. Again, I like this action for smoothing backgrounds. Invert a layer mask color by clicking (cmd/ctrl + i).
6. Rosy Dusk Tone masked onto just the lips and cheeks to give a rosy hue… used a soft, low opacity brush (about 30% opacity brush).
7. Bring on the Bokeh 100%, masked onto just the blue background to smooth it out and create more softness.
Then, taking that base edit, I toned it down to give a rich, yet desaturated look.
1. Ran the above actions.
2. Sweet Maple Tone 9% masked onto just on her skin to make it a bit warmer and darker.
3. Mocha Tone 85%, masked almost completely off her skin. This created the desaturated background. This tone works well to create a desaturated look when starting with blue backgrounds.
Or, if you’re a color fanatic….
1. Start with the first base edit from image 1.
2. Did a simple hue/saturation adjustment layer, increasing the saturation to +45 and set the layer blending mode to multiply. Used the built in layer mask to paint the color pop off her skin. Changing the blending mode from Normal to Multiply made the color rich and dark and not just saturated.
Now for something a bit lighter. Started with the SOOC image and ran steps 1, 2, 4 from the first edit. The Flawless face really creamed out the background. I left more of it on her hair to make it nice and smooth, but not crazy smooth, where it felt unnatural. This will be our base edit for the following light, delicate looks. The entire feeling and tone can change, just by changing the opacities of the actions and by masking action effect off partially from skin. Super simple and fast.
Now, just added Euphoria at 30% opacity.
Here, just Sunlight at 45% was added to the base edit.
Just Sweet Delight 50%– creates more of a soft, cotton candy airy effect.
Just Radiance… light, pinker, but less haze… just delicate and creamy soft.
Or finally, Daydream at 80%, slightly masked off the face… maybe 15% masked off.
So, what will it be? Rich, light, color desaturated, airy? You decide.