Birthday wish - Thoughts?

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  1. ga_shooter

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    I took this at a birthday party. I know its dark, but I thought it had some good qualities. Any thoughts?

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    You caught an adorable expression! I agree, it is rather dark and I almost would rather see it cropped in closer but I really, really like the expression on the little guy!
     
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    yep :)
     
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    ga_shooter TPF Noob!

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    thanks for the feedback. Any better? or too much?? I'v been trying to process pictures so they glow, but so far I keep missing the mark.

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    Much better, IMO!

    How do you process it to make it glow, if you don't mind a digital noob question? :blushing:
     
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    Do you use Photoshop? There are filters that you work with to do it. On this one the bottom layer is desaturated and then has a sepia filter added to it. Then I sharpened it with smart sharpen. The top layer has glassian blur and diffuse glow added to it before i brought the opacity to about 50%.
    The second time I went in and re-cropped, added a little bit more glow and then brightened it.
    I know that seems like a complicated answer to the question, but once you look at it in Photoshop it makes sense.
     
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    Thanks!!!! I have CS2 and I'm just trying to wrap my head around layers. Perhaps if I didn't try to teach myself at 1am after baby-wrangling all day I'd have figured it out by now!
     
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    I just picked it up myself, but i cheated. My husband is a graphics/web designer guy so all i have to do is say hey, show me this!
     
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    here is my crop and edit from photoshop.

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    ^^ I like it! I like how you kept it warm, brightened it up and cropped it. I think that will be my approach when i do the final edit.
     
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    No fair, cheater! JK...I'm just jealous!
     
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    Awesome expression capture there - the last one is my favourite edit of the three though.
     

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