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Old 09-21-2006, 11:43 PM
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Darned shadows! Please help....

Hi, there.

I have a picture of a cute couple, taken when they were high school sweethearts, and now after all these years they have reunited and would like a cleaned up copy of the photo.

Unfortunately, the pic was taken with unsightly shadows, and despite my best efforts, I'm just not winning. Everything I have tried just comes out looking pretty awful.

I've searched here for advice on removing shadows, and over the last few days I've worked with all the tips and tricks I could find here. (Flora's results in a wedding photo thread were simply stunning, but I just can't seem to replicate what she'd done with this image! The frustration is driving me to drink, I swear!)


Anyway, I would greatly appreciate any advice you may have for me with regard to this photograph. Or is it too hopeless, and I should just go buy a bottle of gin?


Thank you!
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Old 09-22-2006, 11:07 AM
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Hello Pepperspray

I just duplicated the background then used Shadow/highlights to reduce some of the shadows.

Then a hue/saturation adjustment layer to play with the color. Then I used a noise filter and to end sharpened the faces a little.

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Old 09-22-2006, 07:44 PM
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Hi, Butch.

Thank you for your reply. I'll play around with your suggestions to see what I can do.

In your example, there's still quite a lot of shadow (perhaps there is no getting rid of it, alas) but the faces are much improved over what I've been trying to do.

Thank you.
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Old 09-22-2006, 08:12 PM
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I played with this a little.

Three HSL adjustment layers to reduce the shadows all set toLuminacity blend mode.. Masked so the adjustment only affected the face areas. Then a color fill layer (using the same masking area as the HSLs) with a slight gausian blur.

Not much time to devote to this, but maybe this will help. I didn't work on any other areas other than the faces and I wasn't shooting for any sharpening etc. Just tried to remove the shadows.
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:41 PM
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Hi, Swampy.

Thanks for your help.


One thing I don't really understand is the colour fill. What does a colour fill do?

I'll work your suggestions into my files, too.


Later on, I'll upload what I've done using everyone's suggestions, and then perhaps you can guide me on what I've done right and what I've done wrong, if you have time.


Thanks, again!
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:26 PM
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Hi there

I gave it another go but with just more of the same.
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Old 09-23-2006, 06:23 AM
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Shadow/Highlight (doesn't do much in this case), color corrections. Painted some face areas, used an overlay grey layer to lighten a few spots (this actually must be done on a high res pic). Darkened background.

Pavel
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:17 AM
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One thing I don't really understand is the colour fill. What does a colour fill do?
A color fill lay is just a layer filled with a solid color (usually set to Overlay blend mode) that tends to "cast" a tint or shade to the underlying layer. You can use it with a mask (so that only certain areas are affected) or not.

In this case I used a skin tone color and the mask is applying it just the face areas. The HSL adjustment layers removed much of the color in those areas so the color fill "filled" them back in.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:06 PM
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I briefly just painted light on a grey overlay layer on their faces, but with a bit more effort, I'm sure a more satisfactory result could be obtained.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:43 PM
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Question Question...

Does the young man in the picture have a moustache or is it only shadow???
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