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    Default Canvas Stretching (Question added in post #6)

    I need some guidance on how to stretch a canvas. I have this photo of the boys that I just have to print out, but I need a little more space to crop for my frame. I'm cropping for a 10x13 frame. I noticed that it was just the sky that was the problem, so I thought that I could maybe make it work. I resized the canvas, and used the clone tool to bring more sky above Jackson's head.

    So, first of all, is there a better method? Second, can you tell I did anything, and will it show in print? Oh, and any other CC is appreciated since I'm definitely printing it. It was pretty underexposed, but I actually shot in RAW, so I went in and fixed it the best my untrained eye could do.

    Here are the two versions that I have.

    Un-cropped/un-cloned (You can actually see a spot of black from when I straightened)


    Cropped and cloned


    I'm betting I'll have to do it over...
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    I'm super new to the whole editing thing so take everything I say with a grain of salt

    It looks a bit yellow to me (again, I have issues with color, so it could be my monitor).

    And just by glancing at it, I'd like it as a horizontal crop instead of vertical but that's just my preference!

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    I agree, a horizontal crop would work better. The frame I'm thinking of is vertical though. We may just decide to get a new frame (or even print it on canvas) and if we do that, I think I'll do a horizontal instead.

    Thanks for the CC on color! I'm still really bad at spotting that kind of stuff! I always tend to edit on the warm side.
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    Looks like the red channel is blown on several spots of their faces. I'm guessing you did that, though, when upping the exposure. If you take the little dropper and put it over their cheeks in the brightest spots, see what the red value numbers are. I normally don't like mine to be over 240, so slide the recovery bar over and see if you can recover some of their skin tone. Does this make sense?
    Also, on the histogram in ACR, if you click on the little arrow on the right, it covers the parts of your picture that are blown in a red dye. That way, you know what to fix. It's very hard for me to explain stuff like this, so if I'm making absolutely NO sense, please tell me! LOL. I'll try to explain it better!
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    Thanks Lisa!! I didn't bring it down that far, because it was just looking really weird to me. Maybe it didn't to everyone else though But I did bring it down until the red channel wasn't highlighted in the histogram anymore.

    After I showed DH the photo, he said that he'd just rather have it printed bigger and hung in a different spot, so I think I'll go with a different crop now. I'm going with a horizontal crop now, so would you crop with more space to the left? That's what it's saying to me, but I could be wrong!
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    So, I was actually looking into getting this printed on canvas (one of the gallery wraps from mpix). This is my first time, even entertaining the idea of a canvas print, so I have a question about it. How do you ensure that there's enough room all around when you're cropping the photo? I'm afraid I'll send it to them, and Jackson's head, and Carson's arms will be wrapped on the top and bottom. I cropped it with the extra inches all around, is that enough to do?
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    No idea, but good question! I'm sure the ladies here will have the answer!
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