The Weekly Photo Challenge prompt, started with the idea of telling a story using an object. Mine tells the story of a very busy weekend:
This is a chalk bag that was a gift to my youngest rock climber who had a birthday recently. This past weekend a party was held in her honor at the rock climbing gym where we climb.
I will show the original photo at the bottom, but I was interested in taking a pretty standard photo and editing it in Camera Raw, which is something that I am reading about in conjunction with the Photoshop class I am taking. The textbook for my class is Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by Martin Evening which I am finding to be a really good resource.
So, I opened the original photo in Camera Raw and in the Basic settings made the following changes:
- Increased the temperature
- Increased the exposure
- Increased the contrast
- Decreased the highlights
- Increased the shadows
- Decreased the whites
- Decreased the blacks
- Increased the clarity
- Increased the vibrance
I made all these changes using the various sliders and just adjusting until I created an image that I liked.
To make the border, I opened the image in Photoshop. I cropped the image and then made a rectangular selection to the interior of the crop that would eventually make my new border. Then I made a mask on that layer. Then I went to Select-Refine Mask- and I increased the radius slider. That creates the ragged border. From there I made a layer underneath and filled it with the brown color.
Here is the original, so you can see what I started with:
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Do you use Camera Raw? I am finding it to be a pretty powerful editing tool, helpful before I even get started in Photoshop.