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Old 06-13-2008, 06:15 PM
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I would appreciate knowing where to start on this photo obviously taken under a tree. I have tried some things for the shadows on the faces which turned out not too bad. But, I still have a Lot to Learn about PhotoShop CS2. Then I wondered about the other shadows like on the clothing and actually how many shadows should be retouched without it starting to appear unnatural. I know it needs to be cropped, as well, and would like to have your suggestions on that. Thanks for responses.
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Old 06-14-2008, 03:16 PM
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Re: multiple shadows

Here's what I did with this photo - not the greatest job in the world, but it did suppress what I thought were the most intrusive shadows, on the people and on the door. Unfortunately it took a lot of fiddling, much of which I can't remember. Getting some color into the lady's hand gave me fits, since it was nearly completely blown out. Selected it and put it on its own layer in multiply mode then duplicated that twice. Duped the layer once more, changed the mode to color, and painted over that with one of her darker skin tones.

Two masked curves, one for the red areas and one for the man's shirt, toned down the shadows. Here's where the fiddling and memory loss come in. Can't recall how I twiddled the curves (sort of just until the image looked as close to right as I could get it) or how I made the masks, except that it involved calculations and channels from a cmyk version. Reduced the shadows more with selective color and hue/sat layers. After correcting the skin tones with a curve, added a soft light D&B layer to work a little more on shadow splotches, this time concentrating on the man's face and the lady's clothes.

Added a luminosity mask made from the merged green channel. Then, on a WIP merged layer, increased saturation of the roses and bow with a 50% sponge tool. Finally took the flattened image into Lab for final touchup, which consisted of painting in color mode over hot spots on the couple's skin and one last round of soft light D&B. If I were going to work on it more I'd do something to bring back some of the vivid color.*

*Addendum: That took no effort at all! Just added a curves layer increasing the contrast.
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Old 06-15-2008, 01:46 PM
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Re: multiple shadows

jd3wolfe,
I used shadow/highlight (image/adjustments/shadow/highlight). Then 2 50% gray layers above the s/h layer. Both of them are set to soft light. One for dodge and one for burn, adj. op to taste.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:58 PM
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Using curves I would cleanup the crucial part of the image & pay less attention to the rest of the picture.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:04 PM
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Re: multiple shadows

Thank you all for your help. Chillin, I assume you selected the two people and then applied a curves adjustment layer? I definitely need to learn more about that. There's so many ways to "skin a cat" in PS that sometimes I don't know where to start.
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Old 06-21-2008, 01:37 AM
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Thank you all for your help. Chillin, I assume you selected the two people and then applied a curves adjustment layer? I definitely need to learn more about that. There's so many ways to "skin a cat" in Photoshop that sometimes I don't know where to start.
I didn't use a selection tool. I took a sample with a screen capture software.
I'm not a good movie maker, but if you have a little time to spare you could download the avi from here, its 27MB.

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