After I attempted the fairy garden effect edit in my previous post, I took it upon myself to try it again and see if I could create a better result. Well, I did it two more times, so I will show you the progression of my work, starting with the SOOC image.
SOOC: Just my Afton being her cute little self. Shot with my Fujifilm JV100 point and shoot.
First fairy garden edit. I didn’t quite understand how to use the paint brush to paint off effects, so she became really washed out.
Second fairy garden edit. After messing around for awhile, I finally figured out how the paint brush effect worked, plus I did a couple extra edits before I started to make the photo a bit darker to begin with.
Third fairy garden edit. In this one I actually tweaked a few steps of the tutorial, just to see how it would turn out. I added a black fill to a second layer mask, which really helped to keep the photo from getting too bright.
All in all, I am pretty proud of how much I was able to figure things out for myself, and I will definitely use the effect again in the future on other photos!