Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I <3 Photoshop

Ok... so we all know its in bad form to photoshop your pictures to the point that they look nothing like what ever it is you actually took a picture of. At least in so far as when you're selling things. But I've been playing with my copy of photoshop for a while now, and though I have no edumacation on its use what so ever, I'm discovering all sorts of nifty things that can be done with it.

Even pictures taken on icky nasty days like today can be made to appear as if they were taken in much better lighting.

Here's a couple of examples:

Tuscan Melon & Apricot Glycerin Soap
with Crushed Apricot seeds for exfoliation:

Coconut Lime : The original untouched photo followed by the retouched photo after adjusting the light balance.

Lemon Verbena Scrub Cubes: Before editing and after adjusting the light balance.

Don't they look perty? Much more like their beautiful selves than the gloomy day would normally give us the ability to show.

So, theres 2 of our new summer scents... they're also currently being introduced in our shop along with Sweet Pea.

For those of you jonesing for the grapefruit based scents... definitely go for the Lemon Verbena. You'll love it.


Drea said...

I'm not trying to be contrary or anything... but I don't see the difference at all.

...Which leads to another lesson. Individual monitor settings!

Heathen's Hearth said...

LOL. Yeah. Probably so. But I know on my monitor there is a really big difference between them. It might be because of individual settings or type of monitor...but the backgrounds are definitely whiter when I'm looking at them, and the colors are brighter/less flat.

Bearing in mind, I'm talking about scaling changes in the white balance that are by no means major changes, just enough to brighten the photographs a bit.

Dan River Mama said...

I notice a big difference in the lighting.

SolSisters said...

There are a couple of photoshop tutorials on my blog you might enjoy.

I put them up for my Photoshop I students and they are great for beginnners.

Heathen's Hearth said...

oh cool thanks! I'll have to check those out :)

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

great job -great to know- I see the difference -thanks for sharing!