Enhancement - Photoshop Contest [19 entries]

Cherry Lips Picture

Winning entry, with a score of:
Contest goal:

For photographers who use Photoshop (or similar program): Enter any image you have manipulated or enhanced that you cannot submit it to the photography contests but still looks like a REAL photo.

Nothing fantastical or strange allowed, but you can clone out or add in, change colours, apply filters ... generally ENHANCE your own photos. For this contest no stock is allowed. You can use only your own photos.

Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
Suggested by: arca

DanLundberg: I assume using plug-ins is allowed as they are not expressly prohibited. ( 5 years and 1568 days ago )
Heathcliffe: Is there importance on the reason why it can't be submitted to the photography contests ? Meaning - due to something that doesn't meet the theme guidelines or because its too photoshopped ? ( 5 years and 1567 days ago )
arca: @Heathcliffe - for this contest you can do things to your photo's that are not allowed in Photography .. clone things out, use filters, even combine 2 images ... anything goes as long as you use your own photo's and it looks like a "REAL" photo when you are done! I know this leaves some room for interpretation but ask yourself this this before submitting ... could a camera have taken this picture??? If the answer is yes, then it is on theme. Hope that helps ( 5 years and 1567 days ago )
CMYK46: So...if I make a photo realistic UFO and merge it with my photo, will it be okay, or a waste of my time? ( 5 years and 1567 days ago )
arca: I guess it all depends on whether you believe UFO's are real or not ... guess the voters or Mods will have to decide that one??? ( 5 years and 1567 days ago )
artgirl1935: What about really old photos you photograph to 'repair' water damage, etc. ( 5 years and 1566 days ago )
arca: @artgirl1935 - IMO that would be okay but the original idea was to make ordinary photos more spectacular ..."enhanced". Repairing old photos is a kind of enhancement and I wouldn't (personally) consider it off-theme but I don't think it would get as good a score in this contest as in a "repair" contest. ( 5 years and 1566 days ago )
friiskiwi: I'd love to enter this contest, but with the lack of internet and time, it is unlikely I will have a chance. Perhaps if I get a rainy day, saw a cloud yesterday. ( 5 years and 1566 days ago )
arca: @friiskiwi ...I didn't think I would ever say this but I hope it rains! I would love to see what you would do! ( 5 years and 1565 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Any entry submitted after 2000hrs GMT Friday 19th August will be removed. ( 5 years and 1560 days ago )

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Cherry Lips - created by Robart523

Cherry Lips
Favs: 8SBS: 3Hi-resRank: 1/19Score: 71.3% (42)14948 views

This is a good friend of mine I did a photo shoot for several years back. hope you like it...her :) (5 years and 1565 days ago)

Stairway to the Clouds - created by arca

Stairway to the Clouds
Favs: 1SBS: 13Hi-resRank: 2/19Score: 67.4% (33)10358 views

Removed buildings in background, changed the sky, removed sign and wire on building, added gradient colour layer, adjustment layers, shadows and grain layer (to aid in photographic look). See SBS for full info and WIP GIF in Step 13
EDIT: Flipped clouds :D (5 years and 1566 days ago)

Lady of the Light - created by Robart523

Lady of the Light
Favs: 2SBS: 2Hi-resRank: 3/19Score: 65.4% (26)11505 views

I did a lot of work on this image than you can really tell. Unfortunately I was flattening as I went, not ever expecting to enter it in a contest. So my step by step is going to rather lack luster in terms of number of steps. (5 years and 1565 days ago)

Why the long face? - created by SohCahToa

Why the long face?
Favs: 1SBS: 1Hi-resRank: 4/19Score: 64.4% (20)9056 views

(5 years and 1566 days ago)

Warm Awakening - created by Robart523

Warm Awakening
Favs: 0SBS: 7Hi-resRank: 5/19Score: 62.8% (15)9572 views

This title amuses me, it was about 40 degrees this day! My model was certainly a trooper!!! I did this for a friend several years ago. I dug it up and worked it a bit more for this contest. (5 years and 1565 days ago)