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Old 05-09-2008, 11:55 AM
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Ideas for adding interest to photo?

Hi ~ I've been looking around at lots of great help here and trying to apply it to the attached photo. I keep hitting my head against the wall, though. I'd like to frame the attached photo for a friend (she gave me original & I scanned).

The photo seems so boring to me ~ maybe not to others? My first thought was to try and pop the colors but I'm no expert. Does anyone have any suggestions on ways to add interest to this photograph? I did crop it (also attached) but I just can't get into a creative gear to know where to start.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions :~)
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:37 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

I came up with this... Crop with white stroke, rotated. Background blurred, texture added with a gradient blue to green above with lowered opacity.

I think just the closer crop is nice by itself
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:03 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

very clever ~ thank you so much! it is hard to get out of the box so to speak once you've locked yourself in (which i had). thanks again!
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:52 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

Just thought I would add mine to the mix. Used the LAB color space to steep the colors. Blurred the background to put more focus on the couple.

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Old 05-09-2008, 08:26 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

wow ~ that came out quite nicely! i had been trying to get that brighter pink on her dress & you did it so easily. even his shirt & tie look more vivid!

i really think this is a difficult photo to spice up so thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:15 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

I just cropped to thirds. I thought they took the picture by the landscaping because it was nice, so I kept the main part. Adjusted levels, cleaned up a few specks and added a frame.
Paint Shop Pro X2 does a horrible job compressing photos, so I had to make it smaller to keep it under 100k. The frame may have something to do with it too.
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:57 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

thanks, RoHape! This is great, too. I think you're right about the landscaping but this certainly highlights it and follows the golden rule. I like the frame around, it, too, and the way you achieved a good contrast.

thanks so much for the help everyone!
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:02 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

No problem, anytime. Thank you for the compliments,
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Old 05-10-2008, 02:59 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

Duplicated image.

Applied feathered eliptical mask to top layer.

Lightened and blurred bottom (background layer).

Cropped for portrait frame.

Cleaned up and tweaked levels on top layer.
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Old 05-10-2008, 04:39 PM
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Re: Ideas for adding interest to photo?

You could use PSPx2 or any program generating frames to add one.
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