I was not able to get the clearity and good color that Chuck has gotten with the image.
I also used levels, curves, brightness/contrast, and some hue/sat.
I used the screen blend mode and unsharpen mask.
Chuck is the USM the key to getting the clearity?
I also cropped.
You guys are all doing great at saving the endangered Nyala!
I cropped to hopefully place the subject in a location to catch the eye, then did some Color Range Selections, and tried to bring out, rather than change, the colors-- other than the sky, to which I added some blue.
After looking at Chuck's BIG version, I got jealous and RE-sampled the image larger after the crop, then sharpened. Not a practice I recommend.
Last edited by CJ Swartz; 06-03-2003 at 01:01 PM.
Feivel.... Offered me some addition improvement help with my first rendition.
Previously had used the Photoshop 7 tools, mostly curves and contrast. Cloned away most of his surrounding scrub and the tree close behind him... Then using the magic wand - had put a very pale blue sky in place.
This was what Fievel wrote.....quoted
"take your excellent retouching job, as is, and do the following to it.
i think it will improve it further.
called: "contrast mask" technique
duplicate the layer
while the new layer is still active:
set blending mode of layer to overlay
give a very heavy gaussian blur to the top layer
see how that looks ."
This was the results......
Last edited by GOLDCOIN; 06-03-2003 at 01:30 PM.
I'm not jealous -- I was kidding about that, but I do admire and envy (there's a difference) your photography. Even though this is mixing subjects in a thread, I'll warn you that I borrowed the use of a photo you submitted for our play -- it's the twins, again!
Froggy went a courtin'
Now, back to this thread before I get my knuckles rapped!
Goldcoin, the use of the contrast mask is indeed a handy tool.
Thanks Jill....... Nice to hear a positive comment, when one has worked hard.
CJ post a great link, it had a more detailed tut. for that contrast mask technique.
Another person named Vernon posted this technique for this pix ....didn't get a chance to get it a try....
"I used Photoshop 7.
1. Open Image
2. Layer> Duplicate Layer
3 Image> Adjustments> Invert
4 Image> Adjustments> Levels and adjust to 0 0.75 255
5 Image> Adjustments> Desaturate
6 Set Layers Blending Mode (Top of Layers Palette) and select OVERLAY
7 Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur -- set Radius (slider) to 76 Pixels
8 Layer> Flatten Image
9 Image> Adjustments> Levels and adjust to 0 1.70 255
10 Image> Adjustments> Brightness/Contrast and set Brightness to +5 and Contrast to +20
11 ----- NOTE: I skipped step 12. See comment below regarding sharpening -----
12 Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask and set Amount 35%, Radius 5 Pixels, Threshold 0 (zero)
13 Save Image
Save the image (13 -- is just for precaution) to come back to it if needed.
Then, do the following:
Image-> Adjustment-> Selective Colors – than select Neutrals and make the following changes:
ALL are (minus) adjustments: Cyan – 6, Magenta -10, Black -6 .
Next: Image-> Adjustment-> Levels and change to: 49 -- 1.00 -- 228 .
This completes the adjusted image unless you desire to apply some sharpening to your liking.
Note: Below are the substitution steps for use in Photoshop Elements 1 (I don’t have Ver 2 to test)
4. Enhance> Brightness/Contrast> Levels -- 0, 0.75, 255
5. Enhance> Color> Remove Color -- (I think this should be the same thing as DESATURATE in PS7)
9. Enhance> Brightness/Contrast> Levels -- 0, 1.70, 255
10. Enhance> Brightness/Contrast> -- Brightness +5 and Contrast +20 "
First I enlarged it to about 180%, cropped, then selected the sky with Color Range. Did an inverse, which left me with everything BUT sky, then did an auto Levels, which brought out the detail. Some Unsharp Mask and hue/sat and resized to 800 pixels wide.
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