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Old 06-04-2005, 07:29 PM
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Too Green

I think this picture is way too greenish and I'm not good at working with color. Everything I do I end up trashing it because I think it looks worse than when I started. So I'm asking for some step-by-step assistance. I also think one certain person's face is too red and splotchy.
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Old 06-04-2005, 07:42 PM
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Yup, you're right, the photo definitely doesn't lack any green

The solution is amazingly simple: Click on Image/Adjustment/Curves. In the right area of the window you will find three color pickers. Those are the perfect tools for your problem here! Just pick the middle picker (Please never ever quote that!). While the other two pickers are used to find the darkest and lightest part of the image, there are much tutorials about this, the middle one is to find the neutral color! Just click it and find a place in the image which is supposed to be of a neutral color, black white or some shade of gray, and click it. That's all!

I adjusted a little more and turned down the red hues on the mens faces by adding a color balance layer and turning red down. It's very sketchy but hope it helps to give you a push in the right direction?

Patrick
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Old 06-04-2005, 08:08 PM
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A quick way to deal with an overall cast (and simultaneously deal with oversaturation) is to duplicate the layer, then use Blur > Average, Ctrl-I to invert, and set the blending mode to Color. This results in a monochrome image. You then decrease the opacity to reintroduce the corrected color. Decrease a lot for a saturated look, or a little (as in this case) for a less saturated look.
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Old 06-05-2005, 02:16 AM
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you name it and I probably used it on some part of this picture. I also found the yellow shirt didn't work so I desaturated it.
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Old 06-05-2005, 03:04 AM
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I basically did as other have mentioned - Set a neutral point with curves (used the white folder in the background)

Then a hue/saturation adjustment layer and pulled the saturation down, and then pulled red saturation down seperately as well. Finally also selected Bill's face and reduced red on that a bit too.

Finally a slight sharpen and Neat Image noise reduction.
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Old 06-05-2005, 08:21 AM
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Here's what I came up with using variations.
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Old 06-05-2005, 12:30 PM
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Thank you to everyone! I love this forum! Now it's time for me to go play with all your instructions and methods.

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Old 06-05-2005, 08:32 PM
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Doug,

I really wanted to try your technique but I'm not understanding some of your directions. You say, 'Use the Blur tool > Average?' Where do I select 'Average'. I've pulled out my Photoshop book and I haven't found anything about an 'average blur'. Is 'Average' the blur tool that doesn't have a name next to the type of blur in the drop-down menu?

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Sylvia Morris
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:51 PM
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I'm using PhotoshopCS. Maybe Average blur is not in older versions of photoshop.
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Old 06-05-2005, 10:29 PM
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use the eye dropper and click a neutral color such as Bill's grey hair. It will give you a similar green to what Average blur tool will. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to it and you will have more control over the outcome.
The Blur/Average Color would be warm green in this picture...when you invert it is a greyish purple and will offset the green cast. Sometimes this method works great and sometimes not.
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