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Old 04-04-2004, 05:26 PM
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Unhappy Hello Everyone...I'm new and need help...

Hi to all, I have been on the sideline and finally decided to post my first thread and what perfect timing. I have a a couple, actually more than a couple, of shots that are completely underexposed, have a shadow and need some adjusting. I'm very new to PS7, and need some assistance with it.
There's one catch, the image is a nude lady and not only do I feel uncomfortable posting it but I don't want it to end up in the wrong hands, you never know with people now a days.

Any ideas on how I can make my images better???

Thank you so much.
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Old 04-04-2004, 07:58 PM
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Is there a way you send a portion of the picture. If you can, make sure you increase the resolution before sending.

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Old 04-04-2004, 09:16 PM
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See attachment...Thanks!

I cropped the image. The background was white.
As I said before, I have PS7 but not very familiar with it. Any help if very much appreciated. Also any recommendation on PS books or classes I need to take.
Thank you!
Gracia
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Old 04-04-2004, 09:36 PM
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Sorry, trying again

Thanks A Million!
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Old 04-04-2004, 09:55 PM
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Good news These aren't too bad to deal with.

In this case, it is all about the levels. If you go to Image, adjustments, levels you will see a window with three little triangles on it.

From there you can adjust the levels of the lighting.

As for training, I would highly recommend Total Training's Photoshop 7 courses by Deke M. You will learn an incredible amount in a fairly short time.

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Old 04-04-2004, 10:03 PM
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Gracia

As a starting point, duplicate the background (your picture). At the bottom of the layers palette is a circle icon with white half and black half. Click on this and it will open up a menu. Click on Levels adjustment. A Histogram will appear. Drag the right white arrow to the left. You should see dramatic lighting of your image.

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Old 04-05-2004, 06:04 AM
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Hi Gracia,

in addition to the excellent tips you got from Noel and Duv, here are a couple of other things I did with your picture:
  • Applied a Contrast Mask (don't panic .... I'll explain ) before the Levels Adjustment Layer, to brighten up the image even more.

Contrast Mask: (which can be used for sharpening as well)
  • Duplicate the Background Layer.
  • Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate the newly created Layer.
  • Change the Layer Blending to Overlay (or Soft Light).

After applying the Levels, to boost colour and consistency,
  • I Merged Visible (To merge visible without losing any correction Layer, create a new empty Layer on top of all the others and, keeping the 'Alt' key pressed, click on 'Merge Visible' in the Layer Palette).
  • Duplicated the merged Layer (Blending = Soft Light).
  • Strongly Blurred the duplicate merged Layer. (If the colours are too strong, you can always 'desaturate' the Blurred Layer until you are satisfied.

Another book I recommend is Katrin Eismann's "Photoshop Restoration & Retouching" .... (my Photoshop Bible ) .... You might be interested in the second Edition as it concentrates on PS7.
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Old 04-05-2004, 07:47 AM
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Smile Thank you all so much... one other ???

I'm @ work right now and as soon as I step a foot in my house I will immediately try all of your ideas. I will also look into the course by Deke and the books that you guys suggested...actually I buying one at lunch time.

Is there any way I can change the background to completely white?
That's the original color, or maybe some other color without making it to obvious?

Also, if you notice closely to the right of the model you will see her shadow, damn lights were set-up wrong. How can I remove the shadows?
I'm more of a nature light person, trying to get a good grasp in studio lighting.

Once again, thank you!
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Old 04-05-2004, 10:37 AM
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Hi Gracia,

There are many ways to do all this, but what I did here is the following:

Changing the background to plain white is very easy:
  • Open a Hue&Saturation Adjustment Layer.
  • Click on the small arrow close to 'Master' and choose Cyan (this is the slight cast in your background).
  • With the Color Picker, click anywhere in your background.
  • Move your Saturation Slider to the left.
  • Move your Lightness slider to the right.

To completely remove the shadows (also the one between her left arm and back) :
  • Select and Crtl+C (Copy) a similarly shaped, but bigger, part of the background.
  • Ctrl+V Paste it on its own Layer.
  • 'V' Move it around until it covers the shadow area.
  • Decrease the Opacity so you can see through it.
  • Carefully erase round the contours of the model.
  • Increase the Opacity to 100%.

For changing the BG colour I used the technique described here...The kind and colour of BG I used here, are not what I'd normally go for .... I rather go for gradients ... I just wanted to show you that it can be done and the result looks very natural ....

Should you still have doubts, just yell ....

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Old 04-06-2004, 12:38 AM
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