Finnessing the King

Below is the king of my poodle pack (at least in body weight) and following that is how I made a little more kingly…

King Burt




I am lucky to have a great little poodle who will gladly do anything I ask him to do as long as he can have jerky treat at the end. For this photo I draped an old cape from a Halloween costume I once wore. I picked up a little crown from the .99 cent store. I frizzed up his hair a little so it would hold it and set up a couple strobes. I shot with the light box to the right and a reflected umbrella to the left a little higher. The shot wasn’t perfect and needed a little help so I did a little  photoshop as you will see the original below:


1I used “content aware” to take out the edge of the black curtain in the background.

2I used the patch tool to fix his hair.

3 I added sparkle to his crown using the star brush tool with white as the foreground color

4I used the clone rubber stamp tool and sampled light hair with opacity of 50% and set the blend mode to lighten to clean the eye stain under his eyes

5 Lastly I used the glamor glow from Nik Efex to give a softness and I masked his face so that it didn’t apply to his eyes and nose.


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6 thoughts on “Finnessing the King

  • August 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    That’s a lot more like I was expecting in the first post! 😉 A really nice end product, and a great explanation of how you got there. Now lets see some old photos of you wearing the cape!

  • August 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Wonderful job on this, Eloine. Thanks for sharing all your tips as to how you got this great result. A very regal shot!

  • August 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Great!He sure looks stately! I just get a kick out of your Poodle posting photos! I must admit, I too would enjoy seeing what Jack suggested!

  • August 8, 2011 at 12:07 am

    That’s royal!

  • August 8, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Super cute. Great job editing

  • August 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Neat job. He looks so proud !

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