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Old 02-21-2002, 04:07 AM
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colors for Easter

I need some of you color gurus to criticize this picture. I am posting the after picture first and if I can I'll post the before.

One disclaimer, the suit is much darker on the jpeg. When printed you can see the texture.

Are the reds too saturated? I think I have 30 different skin tones. Anyway, please feel free to criticize. Let me know the areas you think take away from the picture.

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Old 02-21-2002, 04:08 AM
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Old 02-21-2002, 04:09 AM
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Old 02-21-2002, 04:21 AM
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Nice work Sharon!

3 comments (from a non-guru):
Is there enough definition in the original scan to boost the saturation in the girls dress, the middle boy's jacket and the right boys shirt? They look a bit washed out.

The girl's skin tones look a little bit too red to me.

It may add to the picture if you could change the background into a sky rather than the off-white you currently have. It was the first thing that struck me as a little odd.
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Old 02-21-2002, 04:24 AM
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I like all those strategies. I'll give them a try.
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Old 02-21-2002, 05:32 AM
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I agree with BigAl, you need a sky in the background.
It looks like you've lost the detail in the shadows, as the man's jacket, the boy's pants, and the other boy's shorts appear as black areas. And for some reason, it looks like the girl has been pasted in....I think it has to do with the dark shadows around her legs.
I like the skin color, and think it looks pretty good, but the girl's
socks and purse are majenta now (unless you intenede that).
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Old 02-21-2002, 07:35 AM
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The first thing that struck me was the loss of detail in the shadows. But perhaps as you say this is due to the JPG format. You're obviously aware of it anyway, which is the main thing!

I'm with Vikki re the girl looking pasted on. And her suggested reason why this might be. The shadow on the ground behind the girl is not entirely convincing and perhaps this is adding to the floating effect.

The faces are great - you've got the skintone just right!

I understand your concern about the reds, but I think they're fine - a minor reduction in the saturation of the reds and greens wouldn't hurt, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.

One very minor point: I did notice that remnants of what was the window behind the bougainvillea are still evident - especially that strong diagonal form at upper right, and just behind the man's right shoulder. It just looks a little ambiguous, that's all. But I should think that wouldn't be a problem if you changed the background to a sky.

Hope that helps!
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Old 02-21-2002, 10:43 AM
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You've all helped tremendously. I think I'll start over with those ideas in mind.

Thanks a lot,

Sharon
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Old 02-21-2002, 12:07 PM
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When do you sleep?
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Old 02-21-2002, 12:39 PM
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For Sam: are they bougainvilleas or rambling roses
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