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Old 01-08-2006, 12:04 PM
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i took dee dee's (swampy's) excellent cropped image and re-worked the lighting with illumination. touched it up with push and lighten/darken tools. and sharpened and softened as needed.

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Old 01-08-2006, 12:23 PM
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Thanks folks!

Murray,why did you blur the a and b chasnnels???

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Old 01-08-2006, 03:30 PM
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Murray isn't online now, so I'll try and respond this one.

Digital cameras (and scanners) are very good at mid-range levels but when things get start getting dark they quickly lose their capacity to "see" the colours correctly.

Our eyes also don't see colour well in the dark so usually there's no problem. But, if we lighten a dark photo up to normal luminosty range then the "colour noise" becomes apparent.

Colour is always a secondary consideration, the important destails are all contained in the luminosity information. While working in RBG , colour and luminosity are mixed up, when in LAB they are separate.

We can safely get rid of the colour noise in the AB channels and preserve the details in the luminosity.

BTW, I wouldn't Gaussian blur. I'd use Filter>Noise>Median or some Smart Blur if in CS2.

Attached a crop showing skin luminosity in "normal" range and before/after a median (radius 5) blur on A and B.


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Old 01-08-2006, 04:01 PM
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Another Approach

Well I copied the blue channel and used levels to make the subject black and the background white. I then inverted the black and white channelr and this made a nice selection. After selecting the subject I just copied her about three times using screen blending mode. I then inverted the selection and used multiply blending mode to darken the background.

It took minimal time since the selection was so easy to make. I did not other retouching.
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:16 PM
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Ro, thank you for stepping in with that excellent explaination.
Best Regards, Murray
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:22 PM
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Thank you all. I DO appreciate it.
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Old 01-08-2006, 05:26 PM
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I didn't touch the background--just fixed the subject.
-Light contrast mask
-+EV curve to boost the face some more
-Multiply layer to reduce the haze around the edges
-Dodging and burning layers to warm up and enhance the face some more.
-Jpeg artifact removal
-Noise reduction with sharpening
-Small amount of cloning and pushing to fix little things here and there caused by the sharpening--most likely some residual jpeg artifacts.

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Old 01-08-2006, 08:37 PM
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id reshoot.....expose for her face this time....bg is already gonna be washed out....so open up a few stops.......unless you are using a fill,and want to retain some of the curtain details........then expose for that BG...and let the fill do its job
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