Heidi January 22nd, 2008
Yesterday, Tearese asked me how to fade the edges of a photo to black.
And my incredibly helpful answer was: “Um….. I forgot.”
I did know how when I took these pictures a few months ago…..
(Awwww, hi little 5-months-old Bubbers man! Wow, you look so young and small to me. I love your cute eyebrows all crinkled up!)
But then I forgot about it until Tearese asked–so I’m really glad she did!
(Not to mention it gave me a great excuse to call my Prince Charming at work over 52 times in a row so he could walk me through it again. Thanks, Tearese! And thanks, Love!)
So, here are the steps in Macromedia Fireworks (oh golly, I called it Firefox again and had to rewrite it–I’m so hopeless!)…..
Let’s start with this “straight out of the camera” shot I took earlier this month.
First, you open it in Macromedia FireWORKS (and hopefully this will translate to Photoshop…).
Then you go down to the bottom and click Effects >> Shadow and Glow >> Inner Glow.
The Inner Glow is added and a little box appears down below where you alter the settings of the Inner Glow.
There are four settings: Width, Opacity, Softness and Halo Offset.
I happen to like my Inner Glow really thick and dark, so I crank up the Width, Opacity and Softness as high as they’ll go.
But! If you like a more subtle look, feel free to keep them lower.
[Oh and I keep the Halo Offset to zero because I like the black all the way to the edge. But you can mess around with it and see if you like it different.]
Then I cropped it a little and increased the Hue, Saturation and Contrast to give it a little more umph!
Then I thought it might look nice in Sepia, so I went back to the original picture and made it Sepia.
After that I changed the Contrast and Brightness until I liked it.
Which one do you like better?
(For some reason this shot totally reminds me of Anne of Green Gables and makes my little romantic heart sigh with deep contentment!)
So, there you have it!
This was different than the way Pioneer Woman taught it, so I hope it was helpful and an option that’s available in Photoshop.
But if not, I hope Bubbers’ drool gave you something to smile about and you have a wonderful Tuesday! :)