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Old 03-26-2009, 09:14 AM
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Is there any hope for this photo?

This was the only photo of maid of honor and best man at a recent wedding. I want to state that I did not take this photo! Is there any hope of fixing it enough to be included in a DVD slideshow of the event?
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:35 AM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

Dodge and Burn may do the trick. I couldn't get much out of the darker areas though. I did darken the top portion of the pic successfully.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:34 AM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

Can you give me a quick instruction on the dodge and burn? I have not worked in photoshop a whole lot. Appreciate any help!
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:19 PM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

Dodge and burn Details http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Photosho...b64-75fca.html
Used to lighten or darken areas of the image, the Dodge tool and the Burn tool are based on a traditional photographer’s technique for regulating exposure on specific areas of a print. Photographers hold back light to lighten an area on the print (dodging) or increase the exposure to darken areas on a print (burning). The more you paint over an area with the Dodge or Burn tool, the lighter or darker it becomes.
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:27 PM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

Thanks so much for the info. I will definitely go and do some reading
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:16 AM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

kendon, I took a quick run at it. I just made a selection of the light area and used multiply blend mode. I did that twice. Then I inverted the mask on another layer and used screen to lighten the dark. You will have to spend alot more time with the gradient than I did (the line across the middle of the pic) but I think you could bring this to almost perfect with a little work. One more thing, once you fix the lightnes and darkness you will have to go in and fix the color variation. Ijust made a selection from the wall on top and painted the wall on the bottom in color blend mode.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:48 PM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

Wow! That's alot for me to absorb. I am going to try to follow your instructions on this and will post back my effort or be back to question some more. I need to get better with my photoshop retouches. I am using CS2 so I know that there were improvements in the later versions and I may consider upgrading. I just hate to do it if I can't comprehend how to use the program. Thanks for the response. I am amazed at how much detail you brought out.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:38 PM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

Okay, you lost me at invert the mask on another layer. I did this and got a very light over all picture. Now what did I miss here?
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:34 PM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

I am on my way to work I can post a step by step later tonight if you want it.
For the mask just copy the layer you made with the first mask by dragging it and dropping it on the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers pallet. Once you've done that change the blend mode-now be sure you have the mask selected-now invert the image. That will invert just the mask. Hope that helps.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:22 PM
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Re: Is there any hope for this photo?

Oh yeah, a step-by-step would definitely help me if you don't mind taking the time to write it out for me. I really appreciate the help!
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