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Old 04-01-2009, 01:28 PM
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Not really sure what this pic needs........

I am brand new here and apologize if I haven't posted the attatchment correctly. I am also new to photo editing and have just started playing around with NX2. This picture is for a graduation announcement. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:30 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

I have this in jpeg and raw image format, even though I really don't what that means! Just wondering which one I should use for editing.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:52 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

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I have this in jpeg and raw image format, even though I really don't what that means! Just wondering which one I should use for editing.
Definitely use RAW, give you full and more room and control than JPEG.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:04 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

O.K.. I think I would like to fill in the top with all grass instead of the ugly little bushes. Also, I'm not sure what to do with the shadows. Anyone know how to do that with NX2?
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:26 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

Hi there

To me it just needs some color correction and a little selective lighting.

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Old 04-01-2009, 04:01 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

I think I figured out the color, but when I adjust the lighting, it just gets weird. Did you do something to her eyes or did the lighting change them?

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Old 04-01-2009, 06:18 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

Just a few things i did here - warmed it up a bit and cleaned up and blurred the background. I did a little retouching and shaping on the face and hair and darkened a bit around the edges.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:50 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

Yes I use a curves layer set to luminosity to lighten the eye area then hid all and painted the lightness in. I added just a small amount of highlight to the eyes...just a little.

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I think I figured out the color, but when I adjust the lighting, it just gets weird. Did you do something to her eyes or did the lighting change them?
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:32 PM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

First I removed some of the noise and compression artifacts (are you going to post a hi-res version?) using a dust & scratches filter on selected parts of the image. Then I did some color correction using a combination of color balance, hue/saturation and selective color adjustment layers. Then I used the clone stamp tool to remove the leaves from the grass in the foreground and copy and pasted large sections of grass and blended them together to extend the grass into the background.

For some aesthetic touches I also hid the foot and darkened the area where the right earring meets the face to better define the outline of her face. On her eyes I added some color (blue on the sides reflected from the shirt and greenish on the bottom reflected from the grass) and darkened the top of the eye and lightened the bottom to make them "pop." I added a little bit of a yellow cast to the highlights of the image to give it a warmer feeling as a final touch.

I had to compress the file to get it under 100k so some of the noise I removed is back, I guess if I had been thinking I wouldn't have bothered removing it in the first place. Anyways enjoy!
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:59 AM
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Re: Not really sure what this pic needs........

You guys are amazing! I will be spending all day trying out all the things you did. I have so much to learn.

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are you going to post a hi-res version
Sorry, I am so clueless. What is that?

Edited to say I know you mean a "high resolution", but don't know where to find it?

I am downloading a trial of Photoshop Elements to compare it to the Capture I currently have. I am not a professional by any stretch of the imagination, and didn't think I could maneuver a more advanced version of Photoshop. It seems like some of the editing terms you guys mentioned are from Photoshop editing.

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