Scrapbookers just can't leave well enough alone. First, we invested a ton of money buying tools and products to make beautiful scrapbook pages. Then, we had to buy great cameras to take better photos for those pages. Now, apparently we all have to be graphic artists to digitize those pictures and make them magazine-quality. I've been a bit reluctant to hop on the Photoshop bandwagon (mainly because I'm not that savvy with the software), but I've slowly given in to the current trend.
My best friend Carrie referred me to a fantastic website for Photoshop actions -- Action Central. The action is called Selective Color 2 and it is FREE! You can select one color from any photo & drop the others. Too cool (particularly for this cute 4th of July outfit)!
The same website had Urban Acid (the action Tara Whitney uses on all of her fantastic photos) and I was able to download it for FREE! I love the muted tones.
Although the current digitizing trend is awfully neat & makes my pictures "POP", I'm a little concerned about the posterity of these pictures. It is obvious that in real life, this little girl isn't grey with a red & white striped dress. I certainly don't want her baby book to be filled with photos that aren't how she really looks (and mind you, this kid is plenty cute on her own....). I think for now I'll enjoy some of the artsy elements of photo manipulation, but keep my scrapbooks full of my friends and family as we really are - warts and all!