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Photo Editing: Turning the Not-So-Great into Acceptable

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I took this candid photo a bride and realized later that the background was rather distracting.
{Disclaimer: I was not the wedding photographer, so this photo does not reflect my photography style, I’m using it here merely an example.} 



The bride’s dressing room doubled as one of the church nurseries, so there were brightly colored toys around the room. Additionally, the lighting wasn’t ideal and my photo suffered because of that. So, to fix the problems of this photo, here are the steps I took to correct it in Photoshop Elements: 


1. The photo seemed too orange for my liking, so I adjusted the color slightly, decreasing the red midtones just a little.


2. The photo still needed some lighting help, so I went into Levels and adjusted the white balance by clicking the little white dropper tool, then clicking on one of the whitest spots in her dress. This did bleach out the window, but I was ok with that since it wasn’t my main focus.


3. One of the things that bothered me most was the bright …

Gift Bag Tent

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Several weeks ago, I was asked to make something "homemade" for a gift basket. After debating over several things, I decided on Fried Chicken Coating Mix. Of course, since I love papercrafts, I had to package it creatively! I designed this little "tent" to house the mix...


You can find the recipe (which you must try!) on my other blog, Capture the Little Things at Home.

If you're interested in making a gift bag tent, you will need...

Supplies:

1 piece of cardstock, cut 6-1/2 inches X 11 inches

2 pieces of patterned paper (PP)
*PP1: cut to 6-1/2" x 3-1/2"
*PP2: cut to 6-1/2" x 2"

Small wire clip

Assembly:

1. From one end cardstock piece, score & fold at 3-1/2", 5-1/2", 9".



2. Adhere PP1 to bottom 3-1/2" section of CS.


3. Adhere PP2 to top 2" section of CS.

If desired, adhere recipe & recipe name as shown below


4. Adhere gift item to inside of the tent.
(Mine was a powdered mix in a little ziploc baggie and I…