ABFriday – Processing Comparison

It seems as though I’m always looking for a challenge and Stacy’s After-Before Friday Forum sets the stage to get me thinking.  I’m submitting this post to After-Before Friday Week 13.   When I originally looked at this picture I thought it was hopeless.  It was way over exposed and very little of the color I saw in the posters came through.  Working strictly with Photoshop… because my ancient MAC laptop is too old for Lightroom, I came up with the following layer corrections.

1. On my first layer copy, Layer 2,  I decreased the Exposure by nearly 2.o and then played with the gamma correction and Offset.  Unfortunately,  I didn’t record what I had done.  I wish that Photoshop or Lightroom would allow a print page of history so you remember what’s been done.   I then cropped out the right side of the full image so that other greatly over exposed areas were removed.
2.  My next step was to select individual posters from within the image using the rectangular marquee and put photo filters on them.  The first one, using a new Layer 3, was the top middle poster.   Sorry, can’t remember which filter but it was on the greenish side and then the if I recall somehow the black was increased.  Then this poster along with the one below it were selected again using rectangular marquee and a cyan filter was applied.
3.  There is an image with the name Daniel Black on it.  This image was changed to B&W in Layer 4.  Also, the poster in red just to the left was increased in red tones so it was more visible.  The last steps were to increase Hue and Saturation on mostly blue tones were increased.


  1. As with anything, the only way to become a superb photographer is practice, practice, practice. No amount of reading will make you superb! Carry that big ass camera with you everywhere you go! And if hubby won’t carry it, leave him at home!

    1. Chuckle.. chuckle. I had to share your comment with the hubby and he got a chuckle. I’s so used to me taking my camera but still has to put in a few words on occasion. I figure there have to be a few passions in life and photography is one for me. Thanks for your encouragement. 🙂

  2. Interesting steps, as Stacy said Lightroom saves all your steps as everything there is non destructive, but it wont save Photoshop steps if you export to Photoshop. I wonder if you used Adobe Camera Raw you would be able to reduce the exposure and save a lot of the work in Photoshop?

  3. Karen, absolutely love your selective edits! Glad you decided to rescue this image and not send it to trash – it was worth your efforts 🙂 As for keeping track of your editing steps, happily Lightroom keeps a complete history of each step taken for each photo. It’s wonderful. While in editing there is a lot of back-and-forth and missteps and corrections, all I need to do is look back in the Develop Module for a specific photo to see what the final settings turned out to be. Very helpful. I have a vague recollection in Photoshop of a “History” window and opting to record steps. I’m assuming you have to save each file as a .PSD to retain all that information. Once flattened, it makes sense that that information would be lost.

    Loved having you part of ABFriday this week!

    1. Thanks for reminding me that I can look at the history in Lightroom. I forgot that it was saved. Photoshop give history but once you save the changes the history is cleared. I sometimes use layers to try to keep track of what I’ve done but it gets tedious and increases the size of the file. I generally don’t flatten the file but do a save for web as a jpg plus save as psd. I usually do not alter the original. 🙂 I just finished putting up an image where I used your tips about vignette!!

      1. Photoshop – a love/hate relationship, I think 😉 As for using the vignette, that’s awesome! I’m excited to see what you’ve done. Truthfully, I use a vignette in about 98% of my photos – I just change the level. And oftentimes, if the subject is off center, I’ll use a radial filter to better render the effect. You’ll have to let me know if you end up liking to use it!

        1. Now that I know how easy it is to use in lighroom I’m sure it will be a standard for me. 😀

  4. Pretty amazing rescue and I like your use of entirely different solutions for selective portions of the image. I should have been following you before this, but I’m pressing the “Follow” button now.

    1. Thanks, Robin for the follow and your feedback on my ABFriday. Stacy’s Forum has challenged me to look at pictures from a different perspective. 🙂

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