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Old 11-02-2005, 03:24 PM
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Improving brightness of buildings

Hello everybody,

really need your advice on how i can increase the brighness of the buildings here without "over-blowing" the fireworks? As you can see, the buildings really looks underexposed here.

Can someone teach me a way?

I'm using PS 6, so hopefully your advices would be something i can work on.

Thanks alot.
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Old 11-02-2005, 03:43 PM
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You can do a luminocity selection option apple ~ (on a mac)
Invert the selection and make a new layer out of it. This will have only the dark parts of your photograph. now you can play around with levels or curves.

For what it's worth though, I think the photograph looks great as is. I don't know that lightening the buildings would make it better.

PS. If you can get a hold of Photoshop CS you can used the shadow/highlight adjustment that will take care of problem pretty effectively.
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Old 11-02-2005, 04:48 PM
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ah_seng, great shot!

i just changed the levels of whole pic, to give the sky black color, then i used lasso to select buildings (with a little bit of wky), again changed levels and brightness/contrast, deselected and replaced color - that bit of now reddish sky - with black. last thing: some play with clone stamp and smudge to complete the effect
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Old 11-02-2005, 04:49 PM
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Hi goose443,

thanks for your advice and help here. Really appreciate that.

Did you do that using the shadow/highlight adjustment in Photoshop CS?
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Old 11-02-2005, 04:56 PM
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Thanks thana.

I can follow your methods, but may i know what is wky and how do you do that "replaced color" with black?

Sorry to bother you again...
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Old 11-02-2005, 05:05 PM
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I did a quick mask selection of the fireworks and put them on a new layer so they were safe. Then I used the Adjustment/Shadow/Highlight to lift the lights in the buildings. Next I used the burn tool to darken the sky. Then sharpend the image and finally turned the fireworks image back on.
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Old 11-02-2005, 05:22 PM
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ah_seng,

heheh, wky = sky pardon...

in PS is function 'replace color', i just chose color on pic and minimized lightness. that'll be all
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Old 11-02-2005, 10:18 PM
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masked the building with show all. the rest in hide all. converted show all to selection. ran a contrast/lighten and then a high pass sharpen on the selection.

done.

the 2nd one was just for fun.

Craig
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Old 11-03-2005, 12:27 PM
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Hi goose443,

thanks for your advice and help here. Really appreciate that.

Did you do that using the shadow/highlight adjustment in Photoshop CS?

No, the corrrection was done using the first method I described. Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 11-03-2005, 12:35 PM
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I added a screen mode layer. Then I added TLR diffuse glow 5 from G. Mitchell's action set. I finished by setting the black point and sharpening.

Another way to achieve the diffuse glow effect is to add a radius-11 gaussian blur and set its opacity to 30% and its mode to vivid light.

Pierre
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