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Wordless Wednesday – Photoshop CS3 Power Tour with Scott Kelby

May 13, 2008


I went to the Scott Kelby workshop today and it was the best $99.00 I have ever spent.  Aside from the fact that I actually sat with adults all day, I learned more than I could possibly digest in seven hours.  Good thing there is a book to review.  And If you ever have the chance to go to a Scott Kelby workshop, for heaven sakes don’t miss it! 

So below is my first attempt at applying what I learned today.  What do you think? 




  1. Daiquiri says:

    Wow! What an amazing before and after!! What version of Photo Shop do you use? I’m trying to decide between spending money on Lightroom and upgrading to the grown-up version of Photoshop from Elements…hmmm…

    May 13th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  2. carrie-the gremlin wrangler says:

    that doesn’t happen to be by the ocean does it? I think I see it back there…

    May 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  3. chickadee says:

    from what you’ve done with your header i thought you knew everything about photoshop. it sure sounds like fun and i love what you did with the photo.

    May 13th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

  4. chickadee says:

    oh and now you should tell us exactly what you did.

    May 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

  5. Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home says:

    Do the words “jealous wreck” or “green with envy” mean anything to you? I have one of his books sitting here on my desk, waiting to be read. I looked on the site before and I thought those workshops cost a lot more. I need to look again, because I would totally pay $99 for that.

    May 13th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

  6. sagerats says:

    Hey! That after picture looks really good. My daughter would enjoy a workshop like that.

    Abiding in the Vine!

    May 13th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  7. Allison says:

    I’m with Dawn: SO jealous!

    Beautiful photo. What a great job you did with photoshop! It’s just amazing the difference. The first picture is still beautiful (you caught the PERFECT moment!) but with the photoshop edits? WOW!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

    May 13th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

  8. Dianne - Bunny Trails says:

    Wow, Hallie! That’s amazing. I’m with Dawn – green with envy, I believe. How fun to have attended a class. Looking forward to seeing more results! :D

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:03 am

  9. katef says:

    wow! That is amazing!!!!

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:05 am

  10. Mariposa says:

    First of all, you have a very lovely model! Next is, you did a very good job!!! Happy WW!

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:15 am

  11. Will says:

    Wow! Waht you can do with Photoshop. Actually it’s scary!

    Happy WW!

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am

  12. Carrie Craft says:

    What a beautiful shot! The colors are so vibrant – as is your young subject! :)

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:27 am

  13. Amanda says:


    May 14th, 2008 at 1:04 am

  14. Raven says:

    Wow… That’s amazing and fascinating, not just because of the vibrancy of the colors, but because it creates depth that makes your beautiful subject really stand out. Way cool.

    May 14th, 2008 at 1:08 am

  15. Tammy says:

    Wow, amazing before and after! Beautiful picture!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

    May 14th, 2008 at 1:10 am

  16. Marsha (at JustMe1947) says:

    Great job! You need to give us step by step instructions! I’ve got one of his books in my cart at Amazon. Guess I need to go ahead and place that order!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday.

    Check out my entry if you get a chance at Just Some Thoughts

    May 14th, 2008 at 1:11 am

  17. Jan Parrish says:

    Wow. That’s amazing. Happy WW!

    May 14th, 2008 at 1:23 am

  18. april says:

    wow! that’s what i call magic! :) happy WW! :)

    May 14th, 2008 at 2:38 am

  19. maya says:

    Wonderfully done. he looks more alive & her colors are more vivid like her smile. Happy WW.

    May 14th, 2008 at 4:30 am

  20. June says:

    Very nice. Yes post processing is good to know…I use its magic quite often.

    May 14th, 2008 at 6:14 am

  21. Jane @ Kidzarama says:

    That’s an amazing difference, Hallie.

    I hope things are going better with your mum, or at least that the break helped.

    Thinking of you,
    Jane :)

    May 14th, 2008 at 6:29 am

  22. Kimmie says:

    Hi Hallie

    Amazing~I have no clue how to…but the class seems to have given you new skills. Great photo of Wee Bella.

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

    May 14th, 2008 at 6:34 am

  23. Denise's Parenting Teens Blog says:

    I love what you did with the picture. I’ll have to see if they have a class like that in my area. Thanks for the tip.

    May 14th, 2008 at 6:49 am

  24. Bahama Mama says:

    Looks great Hallie. I am hopeless with Photoshop. I seriously need you to move to PA and take our product photos and the Bahamas to be our personal photographer. Coudl you stand 6 months in each?

    May 14th, 2008 at 7:09 am

  25. Janel says:

    That is incredible! I really want Photoshop.

    May 14th, 2008 at 7:44 am

  26. Meg says:

    Love the photos. Love your Header. Love your headshot!

    May 14th, 2008 at 7:50 am

  27. Sherrie says:

    That is an amazing difference.

    May 14th, 2008 at 7:59 am

  28. javamamma says:

    Oh my gosh. That is amazing! You are incredible.

    May 14th, 2008 at 9:34 am

  29. Karen says:

    That is so cool.

    May 14th, 2008 at 9:38 am

  30. Pamela says:

    One of the best AFTERS I’ve seen. So many that I’ve seen – the afters just don’t seem to be worth the effort. (perhaps I just don’t have the eye for it)

    Your picture is a magazine spread quality.
    Beautiful child, too. That helps!

    May 14th, 2008 at 9:50 am

  31. Gloria says:

    That is awesome! I am so jealous!!

    May 14th, 2008 at 10:27 am

  32. Urban Thought says:

    You did a great job.

    Was the class hands on? Did they provide a pc to use?

    Happy WW!

    May 14th, 2008 at 10:28 am

  33. shannon says:

    WOW I really need to learn how to use a photo program! That is quite a difference.

    May 14th, 2008 at 11:02 am

  34. Mom Chatter says:

    Great work! I would love to learn some photoshop… count me in with the jealous crew!! :)

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

  35. Randall says:

    Your newly acquired imaging skills have really set you free. Your corrected photo conveys the beauty and energy of your little girl so much better!

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

  36. Believer in Balance says:

    Once again, you amaze me with your photo skills!

    May 14th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

  37. TorAa says:

    It’s amazing what you can obtain and learn in such a short time.

    Congrats with the result

    May 14th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

  38. Jeanine says:

    Wow I wish I knew how to do that! Fantastic work.

    May 14th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

  39. kspin says:

    I really need that class. Oh wait, I need a camera first! :) Great shot and colors!

    May 14th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

  40. Hallie says:

    To answer the question about the class, they did not provide a PC. The class size was 500 or so and it was done with two huge screens that allowed you to view Scott Kelby working on his Mac.

    May 17th, 2008 at 7:51 am

  41. Probablytracy says:

    Great job! I took his class last spring, it was AWESOME! I wanted to go again this year but he off somewhere else! LOL! It is worth every penny!


    May 18th, 2008 at 12:51 am

  42. Char says:

    Hi Hallie
    I’m so with the rest of the commenters… You’re going to have to share how you did that. Or we might have to leave nagging comments everyday for tips until you do! haha.

    May 19th, 2008 at 3:48 am

  43. Gina says:

    I can’t believe the difference! Your photos are always so amazing though!

    May 20th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

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