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Old 01-25-2009, 04:31 PM
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Re: Low Key

Just another opinion...

Originally Posted by gladesman View Post
II'm wondering which is the best way to select and invert the subject?
The select color range tool in PS works very well. In the below image, I used it to select the background, the tree, and the bird. I used the selection to make a mask (after selecting ok, you create a mask in the layer desired). After masking, I will mask more to what I want to be shown or not.

Originally Posted by gladesman View Post
Or does anyone have other methods with which to take a properly exposed image and make it low key?
I also made a copy of the image and set it to overlay blending mode.

Adding blacks is a good idea and when used with a mask, it can add total control. I didnt use pure black, I used RGB 2,2,2. Setting the black to Multiply or overlay can also help. Just use the mask.

I added more contrast to the over exposed bird.

Hope it helps,
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