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Old 08-08-2008, 12:26 PM
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What to do with the background?

I'm retouching a bridal photo with a cement background. I don't know whether I should remove it entirely, or remove the outlines of the bricks, or just try to make it look cleaner. Any suggestions?

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Old 08-08-2008, 12:43 PM
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Re: What to do with the background?

I like them...gives it texture.
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:45 PM
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Re: What to do with the background?

The bricks aren't bugging me. But if you feel the need to do something with it, replace is with a fake bkgd.

Flat screen tint or gradient, then noise, then filled with color, sharpened, embossed and blurred slightly. It will look like sandstone without the pattern.

Then you can go to work on getting the bricks out of her vail. Ouch.

Come to think of it. I LOVE the bricks!
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:47 PM
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Re: What to do with the background?

I prefer to lighten the lines some... something simple like painting over them with a sample from adjacent brick in lighten blend mode.
I think the bride & groom may remember the building and its structure. Hence, not as big a deal to them. But, simply diminish the distraction some... keeping focus on the bride.
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Old 08-09-2008, 02:49 AM
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Re: What to do with the background?

I think that's what I'll do, i'll just clean it up a little. Thanks
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:12 AM
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Re: What to do with the background?

I like it the way it is, but if you wanted to remove the lines, I would use your brush on the luminosity mode at about 10-20%, and sample a lighter area in the bricks. Then paint over the whole wall and the lines will lighten.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:20 PM
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Re: What to do with the background?

I used Quickmask mode with a soft spattery at various opacities to select the bride, veil and column. I touched up the mask to bring 100% detail back in selected areas. Applied a big blur to the mask and added a tan layer below for the background (vignette kind of look). I it lessens the white background, but still leaves the column.
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:14 PM
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Re: What to do with the background?

I used on0ne's focal point program to de-emphasize most of the harsher textures, which I found competing with the lovely bride's features and outfit. I could have smoothed it out even more, but that seemed to destroy any sense of location.

your photo is very nice and does justice to a very appealing model. thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:27 PM
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Re: What to do with the background?

i'd say just blur the background slightly...
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:42 PM
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Re: What to do with the background?

Or go the opposite way and emphasize the stone grain.

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