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Old 10-04-2006, 11:18 PM
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Bringing out details in shadows: I need a little help, please

Hi all,

I'm hoping you can help me with a samll problem. I am trying to bring out the face of the eagle in the attached picture but can't seem to do so. I have been reading through the forums here, and at other sites, and following the directions given but i just don't get the results.

I would love to see the details. Can you guys give me some pointers?

I had to compress the pic to get it under 100k. If you need a copy of the original let me know and I'll post a link.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:39 AM
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Re: I need a little help, please

Hi ScubaMargie,

I blurred the bush in the front a bit, adjusted the levels to make the whole photo a bit brighter, then:
1. Created a new layer, set the blending mode to "Soft Light", then painted over the eagle's face with white, using a very soft brush with flow set to 10%. Merged all layers.
2. Made a loose lasso selection of the eagle's head, made a new layer of it (ctrl+j is one of the best shortcuts in photoshop ;), applied High Pass filter, then set the new layer's blending mode to "Soft Light"

Here's the result:
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Old 10-05-2006, 02:29 AM
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Re: I need a little help, please

Hi,

ScubaMargie,


...if you work with PS CS or higher, the Image>Adjustment>Shadow/Highlight option can work wonders in these cases...

If you work with a previous PS version, you can select the shadows and use Levels or Curves or Brightness/Contrast to lighten them...

In my example I used the Levels..

When you lift the shadows in the image posted, you reveal a strong pixelation due to compression as you pointed out .... I'm sure that working on the full size the result would be much better...
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Old 10-05-2006, 02:42 AM
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Re: I need a little help, please

ScubaMargie,
I used a curve adjustment layer to bring up the darker tones. Used unsharp mask on the head to sharpen a little and hue/saturation layer to darken the green and increase the saturation of yellow.
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Old 10-05-2006, 04:16 AM
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Re: I need a little help, please

Here's another way to do it (for those who don't have CS2 and a Shadows/Highlights filter).

Copy image to a new layer. De-saturate layer, then Invert it. Set layer Blend Mode to Soft Light and adjust layer Opacity for effect.

Finally applied cover all Layer Mask, then painted with soft white brush where I wanted the effect to apply.
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:49 AM
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Using Screen Blending Mode

Well I copied the layer using screen blending mode x about 5. Flattened those layers down to layer 1 and then added a black mask and painted the beak in.
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:58 AM
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Re: I need a little help, please

Hi There

I used Gary's way but also added a little gaussian blur to the softlight layer.

Just for a little interest I brought the eye out a little.

Filled in a few feathers... thats it.

Butch
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Old 10-05-2006, 03:09 PM
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Re: Bringing out details in shadows: I need a little help, please

Hiya Guys.

Thanks for the info and it looks like you all have done a pretty good job on this beautiful bird.

I'll give all your suggestions a go and get back to you will the results.

Thanks again for your help.
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:18 AM
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Re: Bringing out details in shadows: I need a little help, please

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I used Gary's way but also added a little gaussian blur to the softlight layer.
Nice touch Butch (sorry for the poor rhyme), takes out the noise nicely.
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Old 10-06-2006, 04:05 PM
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Re: Bringing out details in shadows: I need a little help, please

I've been having a go with the different methods described and found that Garys' method works best for me to a point. This may sound like a silly question but where do i find the cover all mask? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Also David, How did you bring out his eye. It looks great.

Ok, I found the cover all mask, and everything is starting to come out nicely. Thanks again guys.

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