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Old 10-21-2009, 09:51 PM
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Question Help with Highlight Recovery

How would you fix this picture to better bring back the highlights?
I have CS3, but have not used it enough to get around comfortably with the highlight/shadows. Normally, I would create a copy (Ctrl-J) and set the mode to Multipy. However, this also darkens areas that I do not want modified.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Wendy
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:31 PM
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Re: Help with Highlight Recovery

Hello W3Images. I used the Equalize filter then some D&B. I spent about 3 minutes but it gives it the right direction. More time and attention and a lot larger file size than 29kb might be helpful.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:51 PM
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Re: Help with Highlight Recovery

Copying the blue channel and setting the layer to multiply and masking out what's not needed works nice as far as I can see with this highly compressed file.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:50 AM
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Re: Help with Highlight Recovery

Well there are a lot of jpeg artifacts. I used Neat Image to blur them some. There are several ways of dealing with blown out highlights. What I did was use a curves adjustment layer and decreased the bright end from 255 down to about 240. I moved the black slider to the right to increase the black contrast. I used multiply as the blending mode on this curves layer.

On a layer above that I used color as the blending mode and painted the skin color in over her face.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:31 AM
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Help with Highlight Recovery

I used the selective color to replace the skin tones.
Re color the hair with the brush color.

Noise filter in CS3.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:22 PM
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Re: Help with Highlight Recovery

Wendy, 20.9 k is not a large enough file to get good results on. Too many artifacts and such.

The picture, as I see it, has detail in the face. It should be a small job to use either curves or levels to bring back some of that detail and mask out the portions of the picture you do not want affected. If the color moves too much off target when you do this, set the blend mode to luminosity.

I also took the picture into camera raw and turned the exposure way down. It looked pretty good for detail in the skin. Try playing with it some.

Good luck,
Janet
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:47 PM
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Re: Help with Highlight Recovery

Something like this?
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:17 PM
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Re: Help with Highlight Recovery

Or something like this. Used noiseware, edited in quickmask mode, and then a curves adjustment.
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