I haven't done one of these for a while - recently I've been leaving a lot of my photos exactly as they are. However, this one was a total transformation and the product of a lot of Photoshop meddling, so I thought I'd share my editing process.
Firstly, here's the original shot - a pretty boring capture of the sign outside our village church.
I opened it up in Adobe Camera RAW and had a little tweak with the levels, reducing the exposure slightly and bringing up the contrast.
Once I was happy with that, I opened it in Elements and gave it a quick level and crop.
I then used some Pioneer Woman Actions (these are a great set, free to download and pretty much all I bother using) - I tried Heartland, which completely desaturates to give an aged, sketch-like quality to the shot. I toned it down to about 70% opacity and then added the Seventies action on top, again toned down to about 70% opacity. Finally, I merged the layers and added a black and white tint, at about 50% opacity.
It's definitely an improvement on the original shot - let me know what you think.
Happy Friday everyone!