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Old 05-08-2003, 04:51 PM
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Hi everybody!

What a stunning little girl!

CJ, "..those big blue eyes..." are really incredibly beautiful, aren't they?

Royce,

Big improvement! And to what Scott has already pointed out, I'd add the flatness of a 'one colour only' background which is also a bit too smooth in comparison with the rest of the image.... You could try a Gradient and add a bit of Noise

What I did here is the following:

**1) Duplicated the image twice.

2) Changed one of the duplicates into CMYK and looked at the channels.

3) Working on the CMYK Duplicate, I highlighted the Black Channel and run Image->Apply Image, selecting the Cyan Channel as source and setting the blending mode to Multiply. (This added consistency to the image).

4) I dragged the 'fixed CMYK Layer' on top of the background of my RGB duplicate.**

5) I used Clone Tool and Healing Brush to remove scratches and clean up.

6) I corrected the colours using Selective Color, Hue&Saturation and a soft Airbrush (Mode->Color, Opacity 10-30%).

7) Created a new Layer, blending->Overlay, and with a soft black or white Airbrush (Opacity 5-10%), I selectively enhanced different parts of the image.

8) I replaced the original background with a Radial Gradient.

I finally sharpened the image a bit using the High Pass Filter.

As for removing a colour cast from part of an image, there are many ways ... After loosely selecting the damaged part, I usually go for either Selective Color or Replace Color .... I might have found an easier way to do it ... If it works well, I'll post it as a Tip.


**(I've been asked why I do this...well, fact is:
1) I prefer working on RGB images and I read somewhere that changing back and forth between LAB, CMYK and RGB leads to loss of details therefore I change the second duplicate into whatever Mode suits me best, taking (copying) from it what I need..
2) I like to keep a duplicate of the original picture as my Background Layer for immediate comparison or correction of the changes I've done, without having to keep an extra window opened in my limited workspace!)
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Old 05-08-2003, 05:04 PM
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Flora -- that's a beautiful job! Makes me cringe seeing my pitiful effort -- but then again I was working at close to midnight last night, only to demonstrate some quick techniques.

I think I need to work in the CMYK world to see what advantages that provides...

Scott
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Old 05-08-2003, 05:16 PM
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Wow, that's all I can say. Very well done.
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Old 05-08-2003, 08:28 PM
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Here is my rendition. Hope you like it.

Ken
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Old 05-08-2003, 09:12 PM
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Flora, that's stunning work!

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Old 05-08-2003, 09:33 PM
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Beautiful job as always Flora! I tried following your instructions - having never used apply image before, I decided it was time given that you'd so nicely explained your process. Any chance you can right a tutorial on using "apply image" to restore photos? I understand what you did (I think), but I'm not sure why you (seemingly) immediately went to the black channel and replaced it. Also, I'm wondering why you chose cyan to replace it with b/c while I was playing around with it, I thought that the red channel (from the duplicate RGB image) evened things out even a bit more than the cyan channel. I'm obviously not trying to critique your work, just get behind the reasoning behind your process - because the end product is great!

Thanks, Jeanie
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Old 05-08-2003, 11:13 PM
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Flora, Jeanie -- I've been practicing for months with the Calculations command, which is similar to Apply Image, but haven't yet learned to predict how to use it best -- I end up using a number of combinations to see what works. Multiplying the Black channel with the Cyan creates a more even toned channel -- it's not replacing the Black with the Cyan, but with a combination of the two. Flora, I'm not sure what you actually did with that channel because you said that you just added it as a layer above the background layer -- did you blend it at some point or what?

By modifying the Blue channel (using Screen mode in calculations to reduce the tones), I was able to reduce the yellow cast. Then I worked on the weak Red channel. I have to admit that I lose my place sometimes while running the calculations , but I am able to make some helpful corrections. I don't have it down to a science yet though. Love to hear more from your experiences, Flora.
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Old 05-09-2003, 05:11 AM
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WOW.... .... Thank you all very, very much for your kindness and great comments!!!!

Ken... I love your rendition .... the beautifully blended texture!...(I'll have to try it sometimes .... I wonder why I never do!)

Carolyn... Very good colour correction!

Jeanie...I'm preparing a tutorial on 'Apply Image' .. mind you ... I'm definitely no expert in doing this ... but I'll give it a try!...

As for the methods and techniques I use working on photos, they are just a matter of choice of the moment I start... I never follow a particular fixed line ... I just start and decide the next step according to the result I get from my first correction...(I bet you thought I was incredibly organized.... .... well...on the contrary!!!)

Because of a particular moment I'm going through, I'm 'stuck' at home most of the time so this gives me plenty of time to 'experiment, try, mix, bend, etc.' and this is how I get to 'my' results...

As for the Apply Image technique, I took those steps for the following reasons:

1) I prefer working on RGB images and I read somewhere that changing back and forth between LAB, CMYK and RGB leads to loss of details therefore I change the second duplicate into whatever Mode suits me best, taking (copying) from it what I need..

2) In this case, I chose CMYK exclusively because of the Black Channel (not available in RGB), since tweaking the CMYK Black Channel changes Tone & Contrast only, without altering the colours.

3) I like to keep a duplicate of the original picture as my Background Layer for immediate comparison or correction of the changes I've done, without having to keep an extra window opened in my limited workspace!)

Carolyn... sorry to have confused you ... ... I think the problem are the Source and Target Channels in the Apply Image or Calculation dialog boxes..... If after 'highlighting' a channel, in this case the black one, you open the Apply Image dialog box, you'll see it selected as both Source and Target Channel .... at this point you can't change the Target Channel, but you can still choose your Source one! ..... In this case, I chose:

Source -> CYAN
Target -> BLACK
Blending -> MULTIPLY
Opacity -> 100%

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Old 05-09-2003, 08:39 AM
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Incredible job Flora! Yours is the best correction I've seen; far better than mine.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:57 AM
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You ask how to get rid of the yellow cast in some areas. I am surprised to see so many folks trying to use PS functions to achieve this when there is a much quicker method, which will take care of just the overly yellow areas without affecting color in other parts of the photo. All you need to do is use the paintbrush, a really big fuzzy one, set to low opacity and color mode. Then choose a few colors to use instead of that yellow and brush over the areas a few times here and there. Mixing slightly different colors will give it a more natural look.

As for softening the edge of your mom against the blue background, put her on her own layer, put a solid blue layer behind her, then go around the edges of mom with an eraser set to a soft brush. This will remove the sharp edge. You could also try selecting the empty area around her, feathering the selection a bit, then hitting delete.

Hope this helps a bit.

By the way, Flora, ditto on "great job!"

Phyllis
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