After Before Friday July One Photo Focus

For this month’s One Photo Focus, Robin Kent supplied us with this beautiful shot.


I didn’t have a whole lot of time to work on this, but I thought it would be fun to try out some of the tools that come packaged with Photoshop.

First, I tweaked some of the color levels, contrast, and saturation to intensify the image. Next, from Filter > Filter Gallery, I selected Poster Edges from the Artistic collection. Then I used The Hue/Saturation sepia setting and toned down the saturation.

Next, I created a solid color (white) layer and set it’s opacity to 35%. For the next step, it took me about twenty minutes to find an eraser brush tip I liked to “erase” parts of the solid layer to reveal more of the image below. I finally settled on the Round Fan Stiff Thin Bristles brush tip and played around until I liked the effect.

Hope you like the final product!


Stacy, thanks, as always, for a fun challenge. For more from this challenge, visit One Photo Focus: July.

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33 thoughts on “After Before Friday July One Photo Focus”

  1. This is great Nancy, I love the effect you have created and thanks for explaining it so well. I had a sneaky go at copying it (very crudely) it using your instructions and its shown me things I didn’t know I could do!! thanks 🙂

  2. LOVE THIS – I would so buy this postcard! And you did this with Photoshop? I am really going to have to sit down one week to explore this program properly as the possibilities seem endless.

  3. I love the desaturated look AND the effect you applied, Nancy, and had absolutely NO idea how you created it 😀 I’m definitely going to play with the eraser brush. So many fun things to learn and play around with. Thanks so much for participating and sharing!

  4. That’s nice. It looks like an image you could print on money or a stamp 🙂 I especially like that there’s no pretense that it’s “natural.” It looks like graphics, which is exactly what it is. Good work!!

  5. I really liked this Nancy, and didn’t realise you could use the eraser brush in such a creative way, I would have put a mask on it and painted it through with a traditional brush.

    Really likes the brush tip you used, and the end result was such an elegant simple stylistic choice. Going to steal your technique and have a play 🙂 Lovely work!

  6. Great job, Nancy. I like your interpretation a lot and I appreciate the description of your techniques, especially since I learned several new ways to use the toools in Photoshop.

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