Forsaking Cleanliness for Photoshop

The past two mornings, I’ve been cleaning.  On Monday, I cleaned for a showing, only to have it canceled an hour an half after I thought it took place.  You know, sometimes you can’t tell if a realtor came or not, I just assumed they had.  They are supposed to leave cards, but that doesn’t mean they always do.  The showing was rescheduled for the next day, which meant more cleaning because things rarely stay neat in this house for longer than an hour at a time. So, today, I thought to myself, I’m going to keep up this cleaning thing.  Maybe if I just do an hour or so of straightening, spraying and wiping a day, then it won’t be such an ordeal each time I have a showing.  Then, in between making breakfast for my children, getting first son off to school, driving second son to a play date and taking little lady to the park, I started playing around with Photoshop….well, let’s just say, I haven’t made it to the cleaning part of my day yet.  And, just to clarify, I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty, after all, two days of high pressure cleaning is a lot.

Anyway, I have been really anxious to edit my rainy day pictures. The colors were so fabulous, even against the greyness of the day, that I was sure I could make them spectacular.  I was expecting miracles.  So here is the before picture:
And this is the after: Ok, I see a difference, but nothing miraculous.  Of course, there are so many things that I don’t know how to do yet, like lighten individual faces, that I’m not sure why I was disappointed when things turned out so eh  (if your wondering what that word is, I’m trying to imitate a sound indicating so-so).  So, I started fooling around with this pretty picture of my niece, here’s the before: After:And one more try:Now, I’m happy.  I really love how the second picture looks, though it doesn’t do her bright blue eyes any kind of justice. I like the third picture, too.  It has a more natural quality to it than the the second picture, but is missing that little something extra that I think the second picture delivers.

Dare I say, after countless hours of frustration, Photoshop is kind of fun.  I bet it would be a lot more fun if I knew what I was doing instead of relying solely on various web tutorials, which by the way, I am eternally grateful for.  But it’s sort of like trying to learn something by starting in the middle, which never quite works out right.  It’s my own fault, I should buy a book or take a course (yea, like I have time for that), but I haven’t even fully committed to Photoshop yet, I just signed up for a free trial.  Yes, you can do that!

Here’s the problem, I go onto beautiful blogs such as Pioneer Woman and Kevin and Amanda and I am inspired.  Add to that, the fact that they are just so darn helpful and I find myself applying Pioneer Women’s actions (I’m not even sure what that means, but I can tell you it took a better part of three hours trying to download and then find on my computer) and following Amanda’s tips for using the actions.  Both these women are very talented and very kind to share their knowledge and hard work. Of course, the down side to all this helpfulness is people like me, who then start in the middle, but whoever said the road to knowledge was straight (or easy, or not frustrating)? So, I’ll just keep on trying and keep on enjoying the lovely tutorials that I find.  One day, I’ll get around to how to crop a photo, but for now, I’m going to keep playing with these actions.

Enjoy the pictures, sis!

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