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Old 07-12-2006, 09:51 AM
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Thanks everyone. Now I have a lot of options.

Flora . I've been busy but I'm fine. When I come here, I just lurk most of the time. You know, most of my experiments ended up with a burgundy floor like your 3rd attachment. I remember, the floor coloring is more like your 2nd attachment. I'd appreciate it if you can give me details on that one. Thanks.

Craig, I don't know filter forge or filtermeister yet. Seeing your atttachment, these might be worth looking into.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:59 AM
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soleah,

filtermeister requires coding skill. filter forge doesnt. and the filter i used for those images was made in about 10 minutes; at least the simple version was. i'm working on a revision for that filter hoping to make it a more exact thing and to perhaps even add background blurring and hue/sat alterations to foreground and background. it's an interesting program and this was the first filter i'd made specifically for retouching and restoration.

if i get it better i'll post the results

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Old 07-12-2006, 10:23 AM
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here's another way you can do this without any filters. i posted a similar technique in this thread: http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/photo-retouching/13973-need-help-dark-image.html

on yours, i duped the original layer

added contrast/brightness adj layer and raised it till i could see everything i wanted to see well. that made it 80 bright and 40 contrast.
i then cut those numbers in half.

clicked on the duped layer and did a histogram adjustment. the original image had a really bad signature in the very lows. i spread the entire image out until things looked much better.

i then adjusted the bright/contrast layer way down. 25/3

the image had picked up a lot of extra saturation in all this so i added a hue/sat adjustment layer and simply cut the saturation down on the master level.

and just for good measure i added a very small amount of clarify to the duped layer.

this seems to be a pretty good technique for balancing images, especially the luminosity.

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Old 07-12-2006, 08:17 PM
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I tried something else to lighten the background. I used a soft spotlight filter effect with a gradient mask to even it out.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:02 PM
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I'm far from an expert with Photoshop. I used NeatImage (100% Chrominance filter), Shadow/Highlights adjustment, Hue/Saturation (master sat. -30), Masked the upper right 1/3 to boost mid-tone with Levels, Cropped to remove some of the problems around the outside.
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Old 07-12-2006, 11:29 PM
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littlecoo, nice job

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Old 07-15-2006, 06:27 AM
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Hi,

great job everybody!!

soleah,

so glad to hear you are fine!!!

Sorry to get back to you so late...

Here is what I did:
  • Selected the shadows in your image.

  • With the selection still active, I created a Levels Adjustment Layer (didn't tweak any value yet..) and set the blending of this A.L. to screen.

  • Double clicked on the A.L. to open the Levels dialog box and there I tweaked the values as in Attachment 1

  • If needed, you can refine the A.L. mask by activating it and pressing Ctrl+L to open a further Levels dialog box ... Attachment 2

  • Once happy with the exposure, I selected the burgundy floor and surrounding burgundy areas, strongly feathered the selection, and used a Hue/Saturation A.L. to tweak Hue and Saturation.

In my opinion, the reds in the main subjects were a bit oversaturated, so, I used Selective Colors to correct that ... finally I lightly sharpened the image... That's all I did...

Hope this helps ....

P.S. ...always nice to see you!
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Old 07-15-2006, 10:41 AM
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Thank you so much, Flora

I was stuck on the shadow problem that I didn't even address the skin yet. You fixing that was a bonus.

Restored a lot of photos to this date but never once tinkered with the output levels. I feel such a novice.

Thanks again. You're an absolute angel!

...always following your posts.
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:25 PM
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Hi Flora,
You said "To lift the shadows, I selected them "
Am wondering how you did this selection.
Cinderella

What an interesting technique
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Old 07-15-2006, 06:29 PM
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Hi Cinderella,

Quote:
Originally Posted by cinderella
You said "To lift the shadows, I selected them "
Am wondering how you did this selection.
Ctrl+Alt+~ > to select the Luminosity,
Ctrl+Shift+I > to invert the selction ...
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