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Old 10-27-2010, 02:49 PM
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Re: Background problem

That's right BagLady, it's a similar idea that came to me later after I gave it a rest for a while

Too many hours of retouching can melt your brain I guess



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Old 10-28-2010, 12:06 AM
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Re: Background problem

I think frequency separation would help
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:26 AM
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Re: Background problem

it looks like i misunderstood the question :-) but now i have a few... baglady would you please explain your answer a little bit, i don't understand the steps -To bring back highlights and shadows in the background, I used curves and a bit of d&b on a soft light 50% gray layer.?? and chillin what is frequency separation??? uf, thanks
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:19 AM
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... chillin what is frequency separation??? uf, thanks

lucija visit this thread for more helpful tips.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:34 AM
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Re: Background problem

chillin, looks like Lanenga came up with your exact solution just days after you did. Funny how that works. ;-)
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:20 AM
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Re: Background problem

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Old 10-28-2010, 03:45 PM
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Re: Background problem

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it looks like i misunderstood the question :-) but now i have a few... baglady would you please explain your answer a little bit, i don't understand the steps -To bring back highlights and shadows in the background, I used curves and a bit of d&b on a soft light 50% gray layer.?? and chillin what is frequency separation??? uf, thanks
It's the dodge and burn technique (an absolute must) which is used to lighten or darken specific areas (big or pore sized) of an image. It may be done by using two separate curve layers (one for darkening and one for lightening) or on one soft light, 50% gray layer. These two d&b methods may also be combined in a work-flow.

The curves method requires masking while the soft light 50% gray layer requires painting with a black or white soft round brush at a very low opacity on one single layer.

Both of these methods are a great, non destructive way of cleaning up the skin, sculpting the face/body, or simply adding highlights/shadows to specific parts of an image. In this case, I used the two curves for the background.... (since I replaced the upper part of the background with one flat color, I had to bring back the highlight in the middle and the dark shades towards the left and right borders). I used the 50% gray layer to lighten up some small dark splotches around the hair.

Dodge and burn with curves tutorial:
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=272

I haven't found a tutorial on the soft light 50% gray technique.... If I find a good one, I'll post it. Anyway, It's done like this:

create a new layer above your image as follows:

layer/new layer
in the pop up window select mode: soft light
below, check "Fill with soft light neutral color (50% gray)"
Click ok

A new gray layer will appear. This is where you should paint with a soft edge, low opacity white brush to lighten the dark spots/areas. Use a black brush to darken areas that are too light.

I hope this helps... If you have other questions feel free to ask! I would also suggest taking time to learn frequency separation as suggested by Chillin ;-)
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:47 AM
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baglady thank you very much :-)))
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