Sunday, April 8, 2012

It's Saturday Night

Technically it is Sunday morning but I probably won't see you guys later today since Nick and I are going home for Easter. I was going to post this earlier but things happen and you get the chance to go see the Hunger Games again and you just go and don't think twice. 

Anyways. I'm not sure how you guys feel about SNL. I personally don't watch much but every once in a while I do. I think we can all agree some of it's pretty good and some of it's pretty bad. 

One redeeming quality to SNL that never seems to fail me though are their amazing host photos between commercial breaks. I have always swooned over them and wished I could a) have someone make them of me all day and b) knew how to edit photos like that myself. I'm not sure what prompted me, but I looked into tutorials that explained how to do it the other day. 

Now, I know my fair share when it comes to computers but the problem is I don't really speak computer  so all the things I found just scared me more than anything. After I practice a couple more times I want to create a tutorial that is more user friendly. In the meantime I wanted to share my first attempt with you guys and explain what I can!

Basically what you have to do is make your photo black and white and then edit it enough to lose some of the detail. For that process I used Lightroom 2 and I didn't edit the the contrast at all, just the lights/darks/blacks/brightness. Then with photoshop (I have CS4) I went in and repainted the picture layer by layer. Sound time consuming? It is. However I think it's worth it.

I would love to know what you guys think! And like I said after a couple more practice rounds I hope to become an expert enough to post my own tutorial!

Happy Easter everyone! 


  1. Ohmygoodness she was Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera, wasn't she? She's sooooo gorgeous!!!!

  2. This is so cool! I'd love a tutorial to see how to do this. I'm super cheap, so use GIMP, but am sure I could apply your tips there too. Very well done- love the colours!

  3. This looks great!! You should do a giveaway sometime with a personalized one of these as a prize :)