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I created the top picture using PIcasa, a free photo editing program from Google. Photoshop of course can do this too, but being the democratic kind of person that I am, I like free stuff that is available to everyone.
After I fussed with it in Picasa, I did have to run it through my Photoshop program to resize the photo and take down the pixelsfrom 300 to 72 to make the file small enough to upload to my blog. As far as I know, Picasa doesn’t do that.
The original picture wasn’t very good, but there was something compelling about it to me, his far off expression and they way he is looking heavenward. Here’s what I did to take the kind of photo I used to delete to a photo I put in my favorites file.
2. Saturate. I saturated it to the maximum level to get the blue of his eyes really bright. (As I look at it on the web, the blue is not as brilliant as it is on my monitor, so use your imagination.)
3. Focal Black and White. This option turns the entire photo into a black and white except for the selected area. I selected the eye and then made the focal spot really small, the size of his eye.
4. Soft Focus. This feature blurs out the edges giving it kind of a dreamy quality. You can determine which area you want in focus, how big of an area you want in focus and how fuzzy you wanted the edges.