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Old 07-26-2008, 02:22 PM
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Complex selection and blown out sky

Salvete omnes!
Well, as a beginner to photo editing, this one presented me with a challenge that I can not fix.
Original: http://picasaweb.google.com/timothy....00212701106274

Here is the hack job I've managed with my very limited skills:
http://picasaweb.google.com/timothy....00204976675058

Here is a screenshot with it open in the GIMP so you can see my layers, if that helps any:
http://picasaweb.google.com/timothy....00211052360354

As you can see, the trees near the horizon line present a big problem. The majority of the leaves are in the white part of the blown out sky and the trees were very skinny from it being winter. Yes, that is winter in Montgomery, AL. Summer is horrible.

Anyway, I am just trying to get this picture to look really nice. But, since I couldn't do a very good selection for a mask of the leaves and branches, there is a horrible halo around them. I tried going over that area with a gray and using a blur in an attempt to blend that halo into the new sky, but it failed miserably.

Can you also tell me what I'm doing correctly? That would help to figure this stuff out. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:08 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

Timmy, welcome to RetouchPRO! Nice photo.

I fixed the sky in about 10 seconds. I don't know what tools you have in Gimp, but I did this in photoshop using my Blown out sky tutorial. I have a video tutorial on my web page. You can check it out by clicking on the "Tutorials" link in my signature. This may give you some ideas on how to achieve this in Gimp.

BTW... I didn't mask the sky so watch the other "Blown Out Sky" tutorial... or watch them both.. LOL
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:26 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

Don't know about Gimp but this is how I would do it in Photoshop CS.

I made a loose selection of the top half of the image (top down to slightly below the horizon, including the trees).

Then, Layer => New Adjustment Layer => Selective Color.

In the popup window, select "Whites" and move the Cyan slider to +25%.

Reduce the Opacity of the adjustment layer to 65%.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:46 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

Here is how I would finish it off.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:47 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

LOL, Duwayne... Exactly what my tutorial says to do. I just use the marquee tool to make the selection from the top of the sky down to just below the horizon line.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:59 PM
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LOL, Duwayne... Exactly what my tutorial says to do. I just use the marquee tool to make the selection from the top of the sky down to just below the horizon line.
Swampy - I knew I got the idea some time ago from someplace but couldn't remember where. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:04 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

Been a life saver for me on more occasions than I can count, duwayne. There have been times when I really needed to mask the sky and replace it altogether. Then came CS3 and while playing with that one day I found a "new" use for the new black and white adjustment layer so I did a tutorial on how to mask the treeline.
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:12 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

Hi Timmy!

Welcome to RetouchPRO
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....BTW... I didn't mask the sky so watch the other "Blown Out Sky" tutorial... or watch them both.. LOL
.... Watch them all Timmy! ...

Swampy,

thank you very much for the link to your excellent Tutorials!!!!

I've tried the "Masking the Sky" ... and it works perfectly when the 'conditions' are exactly as you described, but it is also a great help even when the conditions aren't the best!!!
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:16 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

Thanks for the quick replies everyone! After I get the sky fixed, how should I adjust the picture further(contrast, brightness, RGB levels, etc.)? It just seems too dark in the foreground to me. I am just beginning to get into photography and image editing as a hobby, so I don't have much of an eye for that stuff yet. What improvements would you make to make it a picture to show off in the house? :-)
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:45 PM
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Re: Complex selection and blown out sky

Hi there

I used the blue channel...apply image....and levels to make a mask. Then grouped a layer to the masked layer and darkened the limbs and leaf tips.

Butch
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