Hello, everyone my name is. Alexandra Sprague and I am the owner and photographer of aiming Arrow photography located in Central Michigan. If you’d like to see some more of my work, you can check it out at aiming arrow org. I posted this picture a couple days ago on Facebook and the responses that I got were amazing. I got a lot of sweet comments and some good questions regarding the camera. I used the lenses. I used the glitter that I used the style. My style of editing was actually another question that I received, so I thought it’d be a great idea to go ahead and show you and answer some questions along the way the before is amazing and the before, and after is amazing, it’s crazy. I’m going to try and be as quick as I can about this. I have tried to record this two or three times in each time. It has gotten past twenty five minute mark and I don’t want to take too much of your time, so I’m going to just go ahead and speed edit, but I’m still going to try and get as close to this as I can. Okay, the first thing I do is I always always sharpen an image first. You the next thing that I do is I go ahead and create some shadows, more shadows or I intensify the shadows shadows that she already has the natural shadows in the image here. I just go ahead and intensify them a little bit next. I’m going to go ahead and do highlights. I’m just going to do the exact same thing and intensify the highlights. Whoops, am I still on that? I’m still on shadow. Sorry, highlights play, okay. I’m just going to go ahead and highlight the areas that are like I said already naturally lit. This is just going to end the reason why I do this is I gives you a great sense of dimension. It looks three-dimensional and I love that. Okay, awesome. I’m going to go ahead and merge those. So that’s a before-and-after so far before and after so far. Okay, let’s go ahead and start working on. Oops contrast here. I’m going to go ahead and bring up curves and up perfect. And then I’m actually going to do it again. Bring it down and I’m going to brush it off of her. I just want that. I just want to focus her out from the background by making a darker. Okay, cool after I did that. I’m going to go ahead and do the last thing that I do every picture and it’s going to go ahead and brighten her eyes a little bit, and I always bring the opacity at least 30 30 to 35 and trust me. You can get carried away with this. So you just got to be very careful. You don’t want it to look too fake, okay. I’m going to just bring it down. Just a hair awesome, okay, So this is what it looks like so far. I’m going to go ahead and do the glitter overlay now, oh! I’m sorry, no, actually, there’s one more thing that I want to do, and it’s the hair I love doing this technique. Liquify uhm, with hair and dresses to make? Um, make them look bigger. Which is I love. It, it’s awesome! I’m going to use a free mint freeze mask. Sorry, so I don’t touch any of her skin or her dress or anything Other than her hair perfect. I’m going to go ahead and liquefy now. This is this was probably the most time-consuming part of the whole image. You have to pull very lightly for it to look, you know, as natural as it possibly can. I forgot to freeze mask here a little bit, um, [Music]. You do definitely want to take your time. This looks better when you take your time and another tip. I would say, is avoid the top of her head. Because if you don’t that, usually it’ll make it look like you’ve changed the shape of her head, and you don’t want to do that. I wouldn’t recommend that at all. I’m just slowly tugging and a little bit at a time like I said, you want to be very careful. The top of the head. You don’t want to make it look too funky. Okay, awesome, go ahead and put a layer mask on, and I’m going to kind of erase the line that I created here for your mail. Pass here, so it just it Just looks, you know, as natural as possible. Awesome, okay, now the last thing. I’m going to do is I’m going to go ahead and not add that glitter overlay good news. It is from cure. So if you have purchased the whole store, it’s it should be in your templates folder and it is glitter number six that I’m using. It Looks like this. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love it! I’m just going to bring it over. You can also purchase this separately. I believe I’m not entirely Sure the center part right here. Where, like the hard glitter is where it’s like in more focus. You want to put that in her hand? So it looks like she’s blowing it out at you. Of course. Bring down the old pass. Just a hint. Okay, and I’m going to put a layer mask on that as well and I’m going to get rid of some of them around her face, The ones that are actually distracting, so all the ones on her lips to go and I get rid of this one because I like to see that a contoured look, so I’m going to go ahead and get rid of that and get rid of the one on her nose and the one by her eyes and eyebrow and whether I am, um, other than that, I I usually erased a couple other ones out here because I just thought it was just a little a little much, but if you like all of them by all means, use them all. I think that looks good cool. Okay, okay, the last step that I use and I use it on Most of my images, not all of them, but most of them and it is using a matte effect during the session of editing editing. Sorry, these images of the senior. I use pretty matte with warming a lot, and I think that’s from the pure Matt folder from pure, but I am going to use strong, Matt. I’m not sure where I got this particular action from. I’m sorry, but I absolutely love it. I think it’s beautiful, okay. I’m actually going to sorry. I always grab brightness these curves and bring up just a little bit, okay. Okay, you guys, this is. These are all the techniques and all the tools that I use to create this image. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you have any other questions, go ahead and leave me a comment. So yeah, just, uh, go ahead and hit that like button. You guys! Thanks again for watching bye.