This was a really hard edit, because I couldn’t get rid of the window glare on the left side of the image. I would usually clone that out but there was no detail that would match. I tried my paint with light action which basically is a non-destructive way to dodge and burn in Photoshop. It’s probably my most used action (I gave it away for free the last Souvenir Foto School class). I tried creating a vignette effect to darken the glare but no luck. The more I played the more this started to look like a paint-by-number portrait to me. I decided to run with that and replicate the vintage color scheme and some paint strokes. It’s not my favorite edit but I am happy I tried it. If you aren’t checking out the ‘before’ images you really should, it will make you feel like Annie Liebowitz.
I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.