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Old 12-17-2001, 05:03 PM
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Could use some help on this picture

This is probably a no brainer for most of you, but I was hoping for some advice on a retouch of a photo of my wife and son. Below is a link.

http://home.attbi.com/~cendres3/imag...mikemomweb.jpg


When I shot this picture I used a 500 watt work light since my camera takes bad pics in low light situations.

While the light helped, it actually lit up my sons face more than I would like. It reflects this on the printed piece even more so than on my monitor.

What suggestions could you make to help with this?

Thanks in advance - Carl
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Old 12-17-2001, 09:25 PM
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Carl,

I just tried selecting your son's face (and ears), feathering the selection (I used 5), new layer via copy and change layer to multiply blending mode at 60% opacity, then reduced the saturation of that layer (I think I used -30 or -40). I've attached the result. Don't know if this reduces the highlights enough for you, but the face doesn't look quite so washed out. You could try reduing the contrast on the copied layer before flattening to reduce the highlights a bit.

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Old 12-17-2001, 09:26 PM
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Rats - hit "submit" before "browse". The photo is here.

Great picture by the way.

Jeanie
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Old 12-17-2001, 09:54 PM
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You could also duplicate the layer and use the multiply blend mode with a layer mask that hides all just paint in the face with white foreground color at 100% opacity then lower the opacity of the layer until you get the results you want. That way you can adjust it later if you don't like the results or just dump the layer. Incidently, nice looking family you got there Carl.
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Old 12-17-2001, 10:14 PM
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Right - what DJ said! (I've got to remember to use masks a LOT more than I do.) -Jeanie
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Old 12-17-2001, 10:38 PM
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Just a suggestion... Like DJ said, mask the young gentlemans face, then, duplicate to seperate layer, set blend mode to multiply, reduce opacity to around 50% or so, grab the eyedropper tool and sample a nicely toned area of skin and with the airbrush set around 50% or so and mode normal, touch up the real bright spots. I took the liberty of applying these steps to your photo and have attached it below. Hope that was OK, if not, I apologise. Good luck, Tom

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Old 12-18-2001, 09:27 AM
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Wow,

I am so impressed with the helpfulness of this group! I look forward to trying all your different methods, I probably will have a question or two once I actually try it myself.

From the samples of the retouch I saw, all of them dramatically improve the picture and gave me exactly the results I was hoping for.

Also, thanks for the kind comments on my family, I am a lucky guy.

Thanks again - Carl
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Old 12-22-2001, 11:09 PM
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Hi all.......

I'm new here and was just looking around. I decided to do a quick response to this thread.

I have PS 6, but I mostly use Picture Publisher. This one is pretty easy in Pic Pub. I just reduced the ambient light in this shot and re-lit the scene with 2 floods and a spot. Then, of course, tweaked the contrast and adjusted the color a bit. Took about 5 minutes----that's why I like Pic Pub.

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Old 12-22-2001, 11:12 PM
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well, I thought I attached the pic---I'll try again.........
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Old 12-23-2001, 02:35 AM
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Nice job, WOF. (and welcome aboard!) I may have to check out Pic Pub. Five minutes for that good of a fix is impressive.
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