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Old 09-09-2005, 06:51 AM
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Help fixing Sin Tones in this photo

Hi everybody

I'm from Greece and this is my first post. I'm trying to improve this photo of my daughter in Photoshop, but I can't fix the skin tone. Can someone help me fix the photo and especially the skin tones? Please explain the steps to follow. Thanks in advance
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Old 09-09-2005, 07:34 AM
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Hmm, where to start....

1. Levels Adjustment
2. Hue/Saturation Adjustment
3. Selected area of colour I liked with colour picker and then brushed onto a
new layer in hue mode over the areas that were blotchy, otherwise
coloured (do not recall the opacity, but think it was relatively low)
4. Applied a 50% Grey Layer in overlay mode to enable manual dodging &
burning for appeal
5. Evened shadow
6. Using a 1px smudge in darken mode, lifted a few of the eyelashes
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:02 AM
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Hey TheRa, and welcome to RP.

First off good shot.

I did a lot of playing with this image, but here goes.

1. Assigned Adobe RGB Profile
2. Used heal and clone to even out the skin, remove blemishes, etc.
3. Duplicated the layer and ran median on it (3 px diameter) Then I used the smudge tool and brushed along the skin to even out the colors and tones. Masked it to the skin. Set opacity of this layer to 33% and blended it with soft light
4. Added a selective color adjustment layer, set to absolute. Played with the color until the CMYK values in the skin were correct. (More info here in an excellect post by Flora) Final numbers: Red <-23, 13, 10, 0> Yellow <11, 10, 4, -48>
5. Added a curves adjustment layer, pulled up the mid tones
6. Ran Levels to pull them back down (steps 5 and 6 increase contrast without affecting brightness much.)
7. Solid color layer (red) masked over the lips. Color blend mode at 58% opacity
8. Duplicated, pulled the color a little darker without changing the hue value, cleared the mask and masked around the lips. Hard Light blend mode at 47% opacity.
9. Levels layer, <26, 3.38, 137>, copied the blue channel to the mask and painted out everything but the lips. Then ran levels on the mask isolate the levels to the natural highlights of the lips to make them appear more glossy. Set to 32% opacity.
10. Solid color layer in blue, masked to the upper lids. Vivid Light blend mode, 7%.
11. Levels layer, <0, .59, 255>, cleared mask and painted along the edges of the eyes (eye liner). 13%
12. With a large soft brush set to dark grey, paint in on the lipstick layer the cheeks and forehead. (Blush)
13. Duplicate whole image, flatten and copy into original as top layer. Ran highpass filter (1px radius) and blend with Vivid Light. (Sharpening)
14. Added a 50% grey layer, added 12.5% gaussian monochromatic grain, blended at 12% on soft light.

I'd like to spend a little more time on this, but this should at least point you in the right direction.

Take Care,

Michael
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:48 AM
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may have to recalibrate, looks like I fell short on the burn of left eye.

Michael, do I get an engineering degree after this (only in the fondest of terms and with admiration)
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:56 PM
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Sorry, I'm not all that good at writing out directions. If you have any questions, post back and I'll try to explain it better.

Michael
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:23 PM
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Nothing wrong with your explanation at all Michael, have to applaud your detail. I just saw all the numbers and it reminded me of being back at school. The likes of yourself and Flora and a couple of others who provide extensive detail as opposed to the sort of detail many of us including me, contribute, should serve as an example of true help.

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Old 09-09-2005, 10:18 PM
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since all you asked for was skin tone, i kept this simple. in psp 9 i ran a black and white points correction and a contrast adjustment layer of 0 light/25 contrast. that's all.

oh, and welcome to RP, TheRa

Craig
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Old 09-10-2005, 01:01 AM
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At the risk of being redundant, welcome also!! I admit that I am a bit of a minimalist and like Craig's approach. It may or may not be what you are after but here is what I did. I thought your image lacked a bit of contrast and slight color cast.

Click on Create a new layer at the bottom of the layers palette.
Go to your top menu: Edit: Fill: 50% grey:Normal. Click OK
In the Layers Palette change the blend mode to Difference (might look pretty funky!)
Click on New Adjustment Layer at bottom of Layers palette and click on Threshold. Move slider all the way to the left, then slowly drag to the right until black starts to show. You'll probably find the first strong area the shadow under her arm. Chances are this is a good medium grey point.
Locate your sample picker under Tools and click to leave a marker on the shadow area. Now drag all adjustment layers to the dumpster.
Create a Curves adjustment layer and with the middle picker selected, click on the marker in the shadow of the arm. This should pretty well neutralize the color cast.

Now, right click on the blue bar on your image and duplicate. For me I did Noise:Median:5 / Gaussian Blur:2.3 /Noise:Noise:2: Gaussian:Monochrome Unchecked.
Shift drag onto original layer and change blend mode to Soft Light.

You also may want to Sharpen ever so slightly but don't overdo it or you'll lose the dreamy mood.

I also posted a more yellowy version but I personally don't like it as much.


Good luck

Dave
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Old 09-10-2005, 04:03 PM
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I have a small FX program called ColorCastFX i have no idea how to upload the program here, any ideas?

But you have a choice of 6 different cameras and it puts the colour into the right mode.
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Old 09-10-2005, 04:39 PM
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ColorcastFX can be downloaded from MediaChance's website.

http://www.mediachance.com/digicam/castfx.htm

.....and it's free. They also offer several other tools for free (top left menu), however, no Photoshop plug in versions.
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