Here are Autumn Photography Tips for anyone that wants to “Autumn-a-tize” a photo. Let’s see how I can “Autumn-a-tize” this cute kitten for Thanksgiving Day…
I have searched my galleries for something I can use for FALL. I wanted flowers, and a really cute kitten- something that looks like a nice Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece for a beautiful all natural table with a “Pottery Barn” feel. I found this adorable photo of Khloe, a rescue kitten that was fostered a month or so ago.
As much as I love the bright watermelon color, it is not right for Fall, and certainly does not fit the “natural color” palette. Let’s see how I can “Autumn a-tize” this photo!
Original IMG_1592 taken on a bright watermelon colored striped background, bright watermelon colored basket, with flowers. Canon Eos 5d Mark II, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM at F2.8, 125ss, ISO 250, window light with one monolight bounce light off ceiling. This is the original image before any color changing.
The first thing I did was select the pink striped background. Then I duplicated it. I hid the layer below. On the new duplicate layer I selected only the striped portion that I wanted to paint. I painted it all the darker pink stripe color. I added a layer mask to it. I unhid the bottom layer to see the kitten, clicked on my layer mask and used a soft black paint brush to clean any of the painted background that may be visible on my image below. Next I created a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation layer and changed the Hue to a beautiful Autumn orange.
Next I followed the steps in the Photoshop CS6 tutorial for Retro Christmas Kitten . The steps are described here: I created a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation and changed the preset mode to Sepia. Then I added a mask, used a soft black paint brush and painted away the sepia from the areas of color I wanted to stay. Then I created a new fill layer and chose pattern-I picked a denim textile pattern. I changed the blend mode of the pattern to soft light. I used the pattern layer mask with soft black brush and painted away the pattern off of my subject. Now little Khloe is ready to make her Thanksgiving Day debut!