If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.

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I am a pastor's wife, mother of 4 kids (2 adopted and 3 with special needs), physical therapist, and photography junky. This is where it all comes together for me. Feel free to join along as I process life out loud.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Confessions of a Photo Editing Addict

My name is Ginny and I am addicted to photo editing!

Seriously, I have spent more time over the last few weeks playing with Photoshop Elements and I can't stop! I just love trying different things and seeing what I get. I also love how the internet is full of tutorials on things like "how to make yourself skinnier in photoshop". My sister-in-law, Kelley, helped me find that one and we were pretty excited. ;)

You know one of the great things about photo editing? Your colors or your angles can be off because you don't see it very well and the next person will call it artistic and brilliant. In other words, it is safe to be "off". Where else, other than being a weatherman, can you say that?

Here are some of the things I have played with over the last few weeks:

1. Overlays (or at least I think that is what it is called)

Here is a BEFORE pic of Ruthie

I added a layer of sand paper, decreased the opacity and then used a light eraser to thin out the center and VOILA!

2. Lighting - Here is a BEFORE picture that I took of my kids at night sitting on some rocks at a pool. I thought it was too dark and that the detail of the rocks took away from the kids. Maybe I was wrong, but that is where we call it art, right?

So I went under Filters, then to Render and then Lighting Effects. There you can add all kinds of spotlights. Who needs fancy lighting when you have photoshop? Here is the end product

3. OK final one that I am not sure what to call. I have a little project going (I will tell you about it later this week) and it required me to take a few pics of my friends' kids. Here is my BEFORE. (I had already done a little color enhancement on this in iPhoto)

So I dropped it into Photoshop, used my smart brush tool to yellow the picture, decreased the opacity of that layer and then used the sponge to re-intensify some of the colors. I love how this turned out.

So there you have it. I will be sure and share more as I figure it out. :) Happy Editing


Lori Lee said...

Hi Jenny, I'm Lori, also photo-editing addict! I love the photos turned out! I'll have to check out some of those!

The Raudenbush Family said...

I'm a wannabe photo-editing addict! Is the program expensive? Is it compatible with a Mac? I think I want in!

Ginny said...

Photoshop Elements is less than $100. The big Photoshop is a lot more expensive, but I don't even know how to use all of Elements yet so I feel no need for the bigger one. A lot of people love the other Adobe product, Lightroom. I hear it is great, but it is $300 and since I am saving for a new camera and bigger lens, I can't even think of that right now.

Yes I use a Mac. I do some basic stuff in iPhoto with all my pictures and then just edit my favs in Elements.

Hope that helps Kelly. With your adorable crew, I bet you could do some cool stuff.

The Raudenbush Family said...

I just downloaded a 30 day trial of the program! I seriously need a tutorial though. I just tried it out and have no idea what I'm doing! Hope that there's an online tutorial on there!

Ginny said...

Good move Kelly.

Shabby Princess has some good getting started tutorials from the digital scrapbooking end at


There are lots of other good tutorials. It is a little overwhelming at first, but once you get the basics, the rest is all exciting discovery! :)

The Raudenbush Family said...

Checking out the tutorial now since I am feeling a bit challenged! It isn't as "obvious" to use as I was hoping!

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