Thursday, 17 May 2012

EditMe Challenge wk20

 Meet Nancy from A Rural this weeks guest judge and owner of this beautiful cat and image
 I am a 52 year-old farm wife and mother of two grown sons. My union iron worker husband and I live in a 100+ year-old farm house in eastern Nebraska, United States. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, knitting, reading, cooking, hiking and blogging (which I've been loving since 2007.) We live on 80 acres of conservation reserve land in a rural county of about 20,000 people. We have three dogs, several farm cats, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens and one guinea -- all of which keep me company and extremely busy. My blog is primarily a place to feature my rural photography, talk about what's happening on our quiet, lazy farm and to meet talented, friendly people from all over the world.
Here is the SOOC image
And here is my edit

I decided this week that I was bored with CS5 so I thought I would do the entire edit in Picmonkey - I've heard alot about Picmonkey but have never used it before so I just played until I got something half decent.
  • Opened in Picmonkey.
  • Cropped tighter.
  • Boosted the colours and played about until I got some definition in the coat and its colours.
  • Used a focus filter to focus mainly on the head.
  • Blurred the background a bit more.
  • Added some warmth somehow - sorry I don't remember how.
  • Added one of the textures which added a bit more warmth.
  • Added a border and photo edges.

I must say I'm quite impressed with Picmonkey. This edit was quick and easy, it only took me longer because I wanted to see what each thing did. It would never replace my CS5 but I'll definitely use parts of it again when editing in the future.

Thank you to Branson & Stephanie as always - a fab challenge.
Thank you also to Nancy our guest judge.

If you guys want to give this challenge a go then head on over to the EditMe blogsite and feel free to join in.


Sarah said...

Love this edit, Linda! And that frame is adorable! Looks like it's all ready for the photo album/scrapbook!

Nancy said...

I love Picmonkey -- this is great!

Thank you for participating in Edit Me this week!

MG Atwood said...

Outstanding! Makes me wonder why I spent the $$ on photoshop elements!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I've never heard of Picmonkey before. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.
Stay inspired!

Kaylene said...

A great edit, well done.

JulieH said...

I like the blurred background and the beautiful, vivid green of the grass. The framing is a cute touch!

Diane O. said...

Hi Linda - I really like your edit. It really feels like its right out of a photo album. Love the tight crop!