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Old 01-05-2012, 11:37 AM
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adding reflections to windows

Hi gang,

I'm a photographer, not a pro retoucher, but you have all been very helpful to me in the past.
Shot some Boat interiors, decorated for Christmas.
Since we shot in daytime, tied to the dock, the window scenes were pretty ugly.
So they asked me to drop in nice dusk skyline shots. Done it before and I've gotten good with it. But as happy as they are with them, i realize the windows are not as realistic as I'd like. They look like I just cut them out - no glass.

I'd like some ideas on how to bring back some soft reflections of things in the room & a few lights to retain the appearance of glass in the windows.
here's an example shot.
Original with reflections of glassware on tables & some room lights, ceiling lighting (blue glow) that I'd like to bring back into my retouched version.

I can't figure out how to do the mirror image thing in the windows. I could do it if it was a mirror image on the bottom - like a product on glass, but in the window NEXT to the object I can't quite figure that.... I tried to do a selection by "Color Range" & cleaning the selection up so I got a lot of the glassware & some lights, but to flip it Horizontal flips the whole image rather that REVERSING the image like a window or glass would do with the reflections butting up against each other in reverse.:
Orig: http://www.jeffellisphoto.com/client...g/VJP_2826.jpg
And them the Final retouched version:
Link: http://www.jeffellisphoto.com/client...JP_2826-v1.jpg - slightly over the 1 mb limit.
These both are JPG-5's from photoshop for file size.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:01 PM
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Re: adding reflections to windows

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I'd like some ideas on how to bring back some soft reflections of things in the room & a few lights to retain the appearance of glass in the windows.

Orig: http://www.jeffellisphoto.com/client...g/VJP_2826.jpg
And them the Final retouched version:
Link: http://www.jeffellisphoto.com/client...JP_2826-v1.jpg - slightly over the 1 mb limit.
These both are JPG-5's from photoshop for file size.
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The additional links to larger copies are useful and greatly appreciated ..

Just an idea and a fairly simple fix was to use the original.... layered over the corrected copy.... using the lighten mode and masking to reveal the original reflections

~ ~ Original ~ ~ ~ ~ Sunset ~ ~ ~ ~ Reflections ~ ~
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File Type: jpg VJP_2826-v1-B.jpg (197.8 KB, 50 views)
File Type: jpg reflections.jpg (198.5 KB, 52 views)
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:09 PM
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Re: adding reflections to windows

Not to good at this but you could try reducing the opacity of the cutouts you added.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:32 PM
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Re: adding reflections to windows

I just posted Steve Caplin's "Reflections" show to the rentals page. He actually does a section on window reflections.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:40 PM
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Re: adding reflections to windows

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A belated welcome to RetouchPRO

Just an idea and a fairly simple fix was to use the original.... layered over the corrected copy.... using the lighten mode and masking to reveal the original reflections

~ ~ Original ~ ~ ~ ~ Sunset ~ ~ ~ ~ Reflections ~ ~
NICE - that works. Definitley makes it look ilke the glass is still there.
I'll play with it.

jeff
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:39 PM
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Re: adding reflections to windows

Here's my version. Did this on my laptop - so no Wacom pen. But it does say Glass to me....
First up the new one with reflections, next is original (retouched windows)
I see something I forgot though. OlBaldy's example above shows that the reflection layer was in 'Lighten" mode. I forgot that. I did use a brush at 11% Flow, then reduced opacity on the layer.

But lighten I think works better. Need to play more.....
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