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Old 08-23-2006, 12:50 PM
Sobe203 Sobe203 is offline
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Whoa, that looks phenomenal!!! It blends seamlessly; you can't even tell there was a new picture placed in. Thank you so much for getting such a perfect balance, that is exactly what I was hoping for. [Edit: I compared my work to your final product - thank you for all the other changes you made, such as red eye reduction, resizing and slimming my botched attempt at scaling down the new me, getting the yellow glow out of my hair (I took the picture with a yellow background), and somehow straightening my head - I really appreciate all that you did, and you gave me a lot to take into consideration. How did you straighten my head, btw, did you make a new layer for my head and keep it separate from my body?]

Can you let me know what hue/saturation adjustments you made to get it to match? I'd like to give it a try myself so I can do it in case this problem ever comes up in the future. I'm going to give it a shot tonight at red eye reduction and a better resize, then work on the hue.

Thanks so much again,

P.S. Do you happen to have a slightly larger version of your finished modified work? If not, that's ok - but if you do, I'd love a copy because my mom would like some digital prints.

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Old 08-24-2006, 03:30 AM
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I agree with Flora. It is very difficult to match two photos. The lighting and direction of the lighting are the major problem. I played with these two for an hour but couldn't get anything I was pleased with. I think the easiest thing to do is to go back to the original and "comb" your hair. I no hair stylist but a few clone strokes made the picture a lot better. I looks much more natural and is a lot easier to do.
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:12 AM
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Hi Jen,

thank you so much for your kindness... so glad you liked my retouch and sorry for not reacting earlier...

What did I do with your pictures? .... Are you ready for the kitchen sink? ..

Well, here it comes ...

Using PS CS2, I worked with your full size .psd format.. Keepin the 'old you' original open for quick comparison, I concentrated first on the 'uncropped' New you' original:
  • Created a Photo Filter Adjustment Layer [Cooling Filter (80)] to remove the yellow cast and get closer to the colouring of the 'old you'.

  • Used Filter>Render>Lighting Effects to change the direction of the lighting and simulate light coming from above lightly right (my right) instead of slightly bottom centre ..

  • I used the red eye Tool to remove the red in your eyes.

    (Attachment 1)

  • Using the Green Channel, I created a mask around you for selection ... (Attachment 2)

  • Copied my selection and pasted it on top of the background of the 'old you' original

Combining the Images:
  • Used the Transform Tool to adapt the copied 'new you' (resize, rotate etc. meaning I didn't straighten your head ... I rotated the whole until it looked right...) so it fitted on the 'old you' covering it nicely while keeping the proportions right ...

  • After this, selecting specific areas each time, .... the kitchen sink .... meaning everything: Levels, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Selective Colors, Brightness/Contrast for correcting/adapting colours, tone and contrast; blank Layers set to Overlay, Soft Light, Color to further correct all the above and simulate the original 'play' of lights and shadows on your face and body ... Gaussian Blur and USM to blur and sharpen as close as possible to the rest of the picture
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:10 PM
Sobe203 Sobe203 is offline
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Thanks so much! I'm going to give it a whirl myself in Photoshop and see how close I can come to yours. I guess it'll be a matter of trial and error when it comes to the shading. If worse comes to worst and I can't get it right, thank you for your work because it turned out perfectly.

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Old 09-21-2006, 01:22 AM
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You can do better in photoshop and you can do even better than that if you just take another photo with the lighting coming from above and behind rather than from the front (a flash).

I did a quickie tweak on your shot. Pictures are quicker than words, so I attached the result and the layer palette.

I just clipped a photo filter, curve, and color balance to the new you.

The curve is there to adjust the lighting. There's a mask on the curve which is based on the inverse of the new you--the ideal here is to attenuate the appearance of the flash, but it wasn't terribly successful. (The shadow/highlight tool might achieve a similar result.)

The photo filter (cooling) and color balance are there to match colors. Again, since you used a flash in the new you, it's not really possible to get a good match.

The top layer was for cloning out redeye and flash-induced shininess on your face.

You're going to have to do all this (except for that last clone layer) even when you shoot a new photo of yourself unless you happen to get everything perfectly matched (unlikely).

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