Tuesday Tips & Pics - Editing Fruit in Bubbles

 Monday, February 6, 2012

Welcome to another week of Tips & Pics.  Remember, if you don't have a tip to share you can still link up! We can learn just by seeing each other's work!

This week I wanted to show how I used a fill layer (and my other steps) to edit one of my Fruit in Bubbles shots.

Here's my favorite lime shot, SOOC.

lime sooc (1 of 1)

Obviously, it was REALLY under exposed. I started in Lightroom and adjusted exposure, fill light, blacks, etc. Here are my settings:


Here's my image when I brought it into Photoshop.

lime1 (1 of 1)

I decided it was still too dark, so I ran Pioneer Woman's Slight Lighten Action, and then I ran Pioneer Woman's Boost Action. I was happy with the result but noticed all these smudges on the photo.


I'm not sure if it was on the glass I was shooting through (though I cleaned it carefully) or if was a blur of other bubbles in the water. I could've cloned them out but I wanted to try using a solid color fill layer since my background was a solid color and I thought it would help lots of little imperfect spots, as well as even out the edges where the blue got a little darker.

I used the eye dropper tool to select the blue background, then opened a fill layer that color.


That created a solid blue layer on top of my image with an automatic layer mask built in. I lowered the opacity of the layer so I could see the lime through it. I used a black brush on my layer mask to remove the fill layer from the lime.


I started with a large brush to go over the bulk of the lime and then moved to a smaller brush to go around the bubbles on the edges. I didn't have to do it too perfectly, since the background around the bubbles was the same color as my fill layer, but if I messed up I could just switch back to the color white and go over it again on my layer mask to erase my mistake.

When I was done I put the opacity back to 100% and here was my result. I really like how even the background is.


Here's the before and after:

lime before and after

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photo by ansku February 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM  

The lime picture is simply brilliant.... congratulations for a perfect shot!!

Lil Mama Stuart February 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM  

So fun and beautiful! Amazing detail and color. I linked up a pullback of my P52 Shadow shot as my tip

Buckeroomama February 7, 2012 at 12:53 AM  

This is so pretty!! Thanks for sharing the tips. I'd always wanted to try this. :)

Molly February 7, 2012 at 1:52 AM  

You really bought the image alive.... thank you for sharing.


Candace Castor February 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM  

Amazing!! Neat little turorial! Do you have a link to pioneer womans actions! Her site is so FULL of awesome stuff that it makes it hard to find certain little things!!

Ruth February 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM  

Great tutorial and image, I love the macro's too, you've captured some very interesting details and it's so well focused :)

...melody... February 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM  

I love the colors and the tutorial. I haven't dabbled in photoshop yet, but maybe one day I'll give it a go. :)

Henrietta Hassinen February 7, 2012 at 3:42 AM  

What a great tutorial and the edited shot is gorgeous.

Danelle February 7, 2012 at 5:00 AM  

Great tutorial! And I love the blue background with the lime green.

minor February 7, 2012 at 6:13 AM  

it is stunning compared Before and After.
I will learn this thechnics in a future and I would take my wife's photos more lovely.

Kim February 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM  

Wow Jaymi, this is fantastic! I love the bright colors. This is definitely something I could see hanging on a wall. Thank you for the tutorial.

Gina Kleinworth February 7, 2012 at 6:41 AM  

Excellent!!! That really is the best way to do it. Cloning can be such a pain sometimes :)

Courtney February 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM  

I love how your colors really pop in your edit! It's a really cool shot & I also love your tip...definitely will be trying that out sometime.

Maddy February 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

The after is fantastic!! Love how the colors just pop off the screen making it look 3D :)

Jill Wellington February 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM  

Love this technique! The fruit looks so fresh and pretty. Makes me want summer NOW! Thanks for sharing this!

Kristy LifenReflection February 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM  

Wow, what a change!! Love the bold colors!

Vienna February 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM  

So many great memes, so little time! Thanks for the tips, I hope to remember and join! :)

Leovi February 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM  

I really like those excellent processed with a slice of lemon. Greetings.

Daogreer Earth Works February 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM  

This is an amazing transformation! Thanks for walking us through the process.

melifaif February 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

Wow wow wow!!! I think that is what my comment always is when I visit your blog...but that is simply DIVINE!!! And refreshing. Great job, per the us.u.al.

Kala February 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM  

Fantastic edit. Thanks for showing us the process!

Anne U February 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM  

Wow, huge difference, love the edit.

Michelle February 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM  

Great shot and your edit is fantastic! I really want to try this :) And I'm also really thirsty now after looking at this!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'll try and link up each week :)

mindy February 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM  

great edit! this is a great shot. first time visiting from C.G....maybe i'll join in your editing fun next week!

Christina Klas February 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM  

wow. That's a pretty incredible transformation. I love it.

Emily February 7, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

Thank you for sharing your editing process Jaymi! These shots are so fun and I can't wait to try something similar. Thank you for linking up with Tones on Tuesday!

Lori February 8, 2012 at 5:02 AM  

Wow, what a huge difference between the before and after! I love the bubbles!

EA-The Spicy RD February 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM  

Just saw this on Sweet Shot Tuesday and wanted to comment-love your photo! The colors are so vibrant and refreshing. Sigh...I have so much to learn about photo editing in Photoshop :-)

Firas February 20, 2012 at 6:47 AM  

Amazing tutorial! The result is superb!


Katie @ My Darling Days April 20, 2012 at 9:12 AM  

WOW. That is simply amazing. Teach me everything you know. haha :)

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