For the results of this photo I combined two. I loved the photo of the parrot, Petrie, but I didn’t love the background. I used the selection tool to cut Petrie out of the original background. I also feathered the edges to give a soft cut and adjusted the brightness and contrast to make his coloring pop more.
2. Petrie’s new background: 1/25/13; 3:44 pm; BYU-I Tropical Greenhouse; f 5.8; 1/25; Nikon Coolpix L120
I then opened my background image and added a blur adjustment layer to the photo using the lens blur. When I brought the cutout of Petrie onto the background the lens blur made Petrie standout and become the focus of the photo. Both photos brightness and contrast were edited.
2. Coca-Cola: 1/20/13; 2:47 pm; Rigby; f 36; 1/5; Cannon T3i and tripod
I wanted to bring out the vintage feel of this photo, but before I could do anything I needed to adjust coloring. In most cases auto tone probably wouldn’t have the best results but I knew I would be editing the majority of this photo so I kept it simple and stuck with it. Before I started any editing I converted the image into a smart object by selecting the image layer then choosing smart object. After converting I selected the front of the building (with the selection tool) and added the poster edges filter. I also selected just the Coca-Cola sign and adjusted the brightness and contrast so that it would stand out more.