Magic Street – Before and After

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I took this picture a couple of weeks ago.

It shows a magical street of a lovely city called Gyor in Hungary.

We like going there, it’s a nice place.


Since, as you might already know, I never leave my pictures untouched (because that would cause my brain to break), I had to open it in my editing software (Photoshop Elements Eight) and play with it for awhile.

This is what I did, step-by-step…


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The original picture.

No editing at all.


I like the magic of the place.

I like how the shadows and bright spots interact.

I like how the history still lives and breathes there.

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1. I applied the Pioneer Woman Boost Action here.


I use that action a lot.

It’s awesome!
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2. Here I ‘burned the remaining haze’ a little using the Unsharp Mask.


That is my favorite editing technique of all times.

Actually, I once wrote a tutorial about it.
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3. In this step, I used the Unsharp Mask again.

Only this time to sharpen the image a little more.


I’ll soon bring a tutorial on what settings I use to sharpen my pictures.

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The final result.
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And again – before and after.


In fact, the whole transition took me no more than 5 minutes.

Just a few clicks can lead to a very different, punchy and bold result.


What do you think, dear friends?

Do you use any of the mentioned techniques?

Let me know!

4 thoughts on “Magic Street – Before and After

  1. 1
    Danielle says:

    Wow! What a great transformation. I really appreciate you taking the time to share that not all SOOC shots are perfect! Could you tell a little more about the Unsharp Mask and where/how to use it? Thanks again!

  2. 2
    Danielle says:

    So sorry, I see that you linked to your tutorial. I’ll go check that out!

  3. 3
    melissa says:

    I love the edit techniques and tips ! I am looking forward to seeing what UNSHARP setting you used. I know HOW to use elements 8m but never quite know WHAT to do !

  4. 4
    ingrid says:

    Yes, I do but I haven’t quite mastered the burning of the haze. 🙂

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