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Flora



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The problem I had in trying to sharpen this picture was the amount of colour noise created in the process .... (does it ring a bell?...) .. so, after duplicating the image twice, what I did first was changing one of the duplicates to LAB Color, selected and copied the Lightness Channel, pasted it on my RGB image and deleted the now useless LAB duplicate. *

After this:

1) I applied the Smart Sharpening Technique (Tutorial and free Action are to be found here: http://www.pinkheadedbug.com/sharpening/ ) to the grey (pasted) Layer.

2) Duplicated the original colour background and placed it on top of the sharpened grey Layer.

3) Removed the greenish cast using the Curves to set the white point (changing its value to 95% Brightenss) in the lighter part of one of the flowers.

4)Increased the saturation and blurred the color Layer setting its Blending to Color. (This gave me a nicely coloured, sharper image.

5) Used Healing Brush and Clone Tool to remove the spots on the petals.

To further sharpen the image without increasing the noise, I used the High Pass Filter and Blur Tool to sharpen and blur selected parts of the image.
I used Selective Color to adjust the colour of the flowers and, to make them 'pop' out more, I strongly blurred and lightly desaturated the background.

*(I've been asked why I do this...well, fact is:
1) I prefer working on RGB images and I read somewhere that changing back and forth between LAB, CMYK and RGB leads to loss of details therefore I change the second duplicate into whatever Mode suits me best, taking (copying) from it what I need..
2) I like to keep a duplicate of the original picture as my Background Layer for immediate comparison or correction of the changes I've done, without having to keep an extra window opened in my limited workspace!)
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pstewart

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Registered: July 2002
Location: Chicago suburb
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5/3/2003 2:24am

Excellent results! Thanks so much for sharing your technique. Gotta try that lightness channel in LAB mode!

Phyllis
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Flora

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5/3/2003 4:29am

Phillys

Thank you so much for your kind words ..

The technique I used, which I got from one of the million tips I read on the internet, works really very well for sharpening colour images without getting colour shift or noise ...

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pjb

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Location: Casselberry, Florida
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5/4/2003 8:52am

Great job. The flowers look so real. I want to touch them. I'v got to try your technique. Thank you for sharing.

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KenB

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5/4/2003 12:17pm

Very nice and very vibrant colors that are perfect.

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efheng

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Registered: April 2003
Location: Malaysia. kuala terengganu
5/7/2003 2:14pm

Very nice & good color Excellent


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Flora

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5/7/2003 5:29pm

Pjb, Ken, Efheng,

Thank you very much for your kind comments.

P.S. Glad to see Doug fixed the Gallery ...


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vijayan

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Trivandrum, India
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5/10/2003 2:37am

It is a very good work with fragrance, and your tips are very interesting just like in side the class room.

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phili1

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5/10/2003 11:37am

Flora very intersting you and Phyliss did a great job of sharpening but differnt systems. Wow.
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eightlegs79

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5/19/2003 10:47am

PERFECT, in every way.
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Flora

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5/19/2003 12:54pm

vijayan

Thank you so much for your great comment ... which I take it extends to my description as well ...

phili1

Thank you for your ever so kind words...I think that this is the magic of RP: sharing, exchanging ideas and seeing how everybody else tackled a particular problem ...

Nicole

...What can I say .... thank you for a PERFECT comment...

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Mike Needham

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5/26/2003 11:22pm

Really lovely Flora!

Some unusual ideas that you carried out with great success (as always)
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