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Old 02-11-2005, 05:40 PM
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I didn't do much here in the way of retouching, but did establish a starting point for further work by dealing with some of the blown out areas in two steps.
Copy the original and set the blending mode to multiply. Duplicate that layer and then merge copies 1 and 2 (preserving the original Background)
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:54 AM
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Great job everybody!!


I had a go at your picture as well:
  • Cropped the image.
  • Duplicated the background.
  • Run the Curves on the duplicate and set the Blending to Soft Light (Opacity 100%) (values and result in Attachment 2).
  • Created a Layer mask for the Curves Layer and filled it with dark grey:
    R = 100
    G = 100
    B = 100
  • With a soft white brush (Opacity 30-60%), I painted over the family to gradually enhance the details.
  • I duplicated the Curves Layer + Mask three times (Total of 4) (see Attachment 3).
    At this point I had enough details to work on.
  • Merged visible (the action for merging 'visible' without losing the underlying 'steps' can be downloaded here.)
  • Duplicated the merged Layer and lightly blurred it (radius=0.5-0.7), created a 'black = hide all' Layer mask and with a soft white brush, I carefully painted over the worst artifacts to smoothen them out.
  • Created a new blank Layer (Blending = Overlay) and with a soft white/black brush (opacity 10%) I enhanced details and faded shadows.
  • Merged visible.
  • Loosely selected the family, strongly feathered the selection (10 pixels) and used USM to lightly sharpen my selection.
  • Merged visible.
  • Duplicated the Merged Layer, inverted it (Ctrl+I), strongly blurred it (radius = 25.5) and set the blending to Soft light.
  • Created a Level adjustment Layer (Input Levels : 0; 1.00; 243) to correct the contrast.
  • Colorized the image very lightly.
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File Type: jpg F_Tony.jpg (99.3 KB, 20 views)
File Type: jpg Snaps-0001.jpg (70.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg Snaps-0000.jpg (48.9 KB, 8 views)
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