This retouch was done mostly to just stylize the picture for art’s sake.  Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it looks.  He cried for about 30 seconds, and then wanted to get back on the bikes and go again.  And most of that redness in the “after” image was enhanced to look more dramatic.

Color Enhancement ExampleI actually liked the image quite a bit straight out of the camera.   It was taken on a sunny day, with some off-camera flash fill on the left of camera (the sun acts as a rim light on his left side).  For the sake of making a fun exaggerated image, I did the following things to it:

  • boosted the contrast
  • erased the white line and the leaves using the healing brush and the clone tool.  I didn’t like the way the line connected directly to his helmet, like it was part of him
  • enhanced the tear on his cheek and the abrasions on his wrist and elbow to be more obvious
  • pulled out more detail in the pavement by doing a high-pass filter of the image and blending it on top in linear light mode.

If I had thought about it when I was taking the picture, I would have placed the crashed tricycle behind him in the background too, to tell the story better!