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Old 04-28-2004, 06:41 AM
christine66 christine66 is offline
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Flora & Kiska! Wow! What a difference! Flora... do tell! (BTW, I also have been putting the soft drop shadow to the image, but the subject's color was way off... This is MY end result (notice the yellowing to the right): (sorry, not sure how to post a picture here so I have to give you a link): Constructive criticism welcomed!

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Old 04-28-2004, 08:19 AM
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Hi Christine,

..I think you did a very goo job on selecting and balancing lights/shadows in your picture!!

What I did is:

Balancing lights/shadows
  • Duplicated the Background.
  • Desaturated the duplicate. (Ctrl+Shift+U)
  • Inverted it (Ctrl+I)
  • Set the blending to Soft Light and adjusted the Opacity.

Removing the yellowish tinge
  • Created a new empty layer, set the blending to Color.
  • Used a soft Brush (Opacity 30-60%), keeping the Alt key pressed, sampled 'good' colour ... released the Alt key and carefully painted over the tinge.

Merge Visible*:
* Create a new empty Layer on top of all the others.
* Open your Layers Palette's Menu and, keeping the Alt key pressed, click on 'Merge Visible'.

A new Layer containing all your corrections will be created on top of all the other Layers containing each single step you took before. ....

This procedure enables you to carry on with your restoration from your advanced point... without losing any of the previous steps/Layers... thus giving you the possibility to retrace your steps and making changes wherever necessary.... even after you've 'finished' the job....

For the softer look
  • Increased Saturation.
  • Duplicated the merged saturated layer, Blending Soft Light.
  • Strongly blurred the duplicate and adjusted Opacity.


Very well balanced!!!

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Old 04-28-2004, 05:45 PM
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Hi Christine, sorry about the earlier post, just was'nt quite sure what you wanted. Can't really help with the photographic advice, I'm just a common or garden snapper myself. Only thing I can suggest is that your friend checks her white point if she's using a digital camera, if she's using tungsten lamps (ordinary light bulbs) for her light source, then the white point of the camera needs to be set for that. She could also try swapping out the bulb for a brighter one when she wants to take photos. I've also attatched a retouch of your image, is this the sort of thing you wanted.
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:39 AM
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Yes... exactly, Gary! Nice job! Thanks everyone, for all your helpful suggestions and input!

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