This is quite pitiful. I’ve obtained Photoshop CS5, but haven’t had the opportunity to devote a full day to learning the ins and outs. Can’t wait for that day.

In the meantime, with the lack of an uber fancy camera and the desire to get more creative with my Waterstone product photos, I’ve turned to Picnik. Have you tried it? I’ll show you a few befores and afters and tell you how I got the effects.

waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler

waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler

With the all of the photos, I imported the desired size to Picnik, then went to the create tab. With the green tote shown above, I clicked the “soften” tab. I used the “fade” scale to soften the entire picture as much as possible. Then I click “original” in the side box and set the brush to the desired size. I very carefully moved the brush over the main focus, my recycled tote. That’s all it takes! Below are a few more Picnik tricks.

waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler

With this photo, I not only used the black and white tab to focus on the handbag, I also went to the edit tab and flipped the picture horizontally to get the effect I wanted.

waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler
waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler

waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler
waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler
waterstone recycled leather handbags and accessories lori plyler

While they’re not perfect, I’m very happy with the results and feel that the changes bring focus to my product and not to my model.

Now it’s your turn.
What tricks do you have up your sleeve when editing photos?

8 Comments

  • Ooooh, nice tricks. I do like the b/w ones with your products in color, as well as the softening.

    I don't have any tricks. I am a straight-out-of-the-camera kinda girl, with the exception of cropping my pics. I have CS4, but it has been months since I have opened that…so much easier to crop in iPhoto and be done with it!

  • Looks like you're having fun! Let me know how CS5 goes. I finally got CS4 for my classroom last year and loved it — and I feel like I still don't know how to do everything!

  • These are great! I have heard lots of people using Picknik but had no idea it had so many editing options. What a great free editing program!

  • I love picnik for resizing, mostly. I also used it to make my banner- I've never used the fancy tricks you've used here, though. Very nice!

  • It's easy to sign up for a channel on youtube. I think it would be good for promoting, you should definitely check it out. Nice effects on your photos. Thanks for visiting my blog and following.

  • Thanks for the tip, Julie. You are so right. I go straight to brightness and contrast first. Isn't digital great? When I think back to having to wait for film to develop – for a novice like me, it's a lot of money down the drain.

  • Oh my I have been dying to try this ( yes waiting for that magical day when I have time. Very cool ! ( nice bags too )

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