Recently, my good friend Karen Ippolito e-mailed me a fun self-portrait. Karen is a good photographer and a talented artist who has taken many creative photographs with her Canon EOS 5D. However, for this self-portrait, she used a tiny point-and-shoot digital camera.
Though the self-portrait is a good photograph, I thought it lacked the touch of Karen’s artful eye. So, with Karen’s okay, I started to play with the snapshot to transform it into a picture that better represented the creative side of the artist.
So I had to upsize the image by clicking Image > Image Size, which opened the Image Size dialog box. After choosing Bicubic Smoother (rather than the default of Bicubic), I upsized the image to 6×6.33 inches with a resolution of 300 ppi. Whenever you upsize an image, use Bicubic Smoother. (When you downsize an image, use Bicubic Sharper.)
3. Converting a color file to a grayscale image tends to make the picture look flat, so I boosted the contrast by going to Image > Adjustment > Brightness/Contrast and increased the contrast just a bit.
My picture was starting to take shape and look more creative. But there was more work to be done and fun to be had!