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Nick Carter



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Registered: March 2002
Location: Leichhardt, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 12
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Hi! Everyone
Its been a while since I last sent in my response to a challenge. Moving
house and settling in takes time and effort, but I have a bit more time on my
hands now to do that which I enjoy. So what did I do.
All done in Photoshop.
1] Opened a new background layer, and selected the major part of the image
that contained the damage.
2] Then went to image/adjust/replace colour. Picked her dress and slid the
'fuzzy' bar until most of her dress was selected.
3] Adjusted the H/S/L sliders until the colour approximated that outside of
the original selected area.
4] Deselected all, their features now were too light. Opened a new blank
level, and copied the original image into it.
5] Moved that level down one, and then set my top level as the working one.
6] Used the 'background eraser' tool to darken their features. Still did not
have the skin tone I wanted.
7] Flattened the image, and opened a new background layer. Went back to
image/adjust /replace colour.
7] Picked their features, and adjusted the sliders until the skin tones were
about right.
8] Started the cleanup process, long and finicky, using my 'wacom tablet'.
Used the blur tool to create a small puddle of paint.
9] Picked that as my foreground colour, then lightly airbrushed in the close
by areas that needed adjusting.
10] This was done at 300% scale and with a small 'new view' image to see the
overall effect of my changes.
11] Now and then I used 'dodge' and 'burn' to heighten an effect, especially
with the creases and folds in her dress.
12] Did some cosmetic work on their features, and the flowers. Used the burn
tool to lightly accentuate the folds in his 'Cutaway' and the 'pinstripe'
trousers.
13] Flattened all. Left for a day, then opened the image and sat back to look at it.
14] The whole image still had a slight green tinge, went variations to adjust that.
15] Opened another background layer, and put the image through a low 'high pass' filter.
16] Flattened all, and adjusted size, saved to JPG.

Nick
· Date: 10/9/2003 · Views: 9146 · Filesize: 72.6kb, 181.1kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1081 ·
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Cinzia
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Registered: September 2003
Location: tuscany - italy
10/18/2003 2:39am

Well done, Nick.
I like your work on the couple: they are really well defined and clean, all details showing up.
It is left a little of the original yellow frame, expecially on the right. It becomes more evident if you see the photo on a black background or increase contrast.
Or are just envy settings on my monitor? Cinzia
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Nick Carter

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Registered: March 2002
Location: Leichhardt, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 12
10/19/2003 2:48am

Thank you 'Cinzia' I missed that, now I see a slightly darker band from his shoulder up into the tree line. I do all of my reconstructions on a grey backgound, maybe that is how I missed it, or I was just careless. Thank you again it is a point to remember and to take into account.
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Just Jodi

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Registered: September 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 4
10/2/2008 6:05pm

Thanks for the detailed explanation, Nick. I always seem to go to my favorite bag of tricks when doing retouch. This website has taught me some new ones to broaden my horizons. Can you believe I've been working in Photoshop for many years and have never used replace color? Thanks to you, I'm going to give it a try. Nice work.
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