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Old 05-24-2005, 03:48 PM
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I tried to fix it again but I can't seem to get it down. I did learn something from you two though, i never knew you could put a blank layer to color blending mode and just paint a new color on your picture. Anyway here it is. I tried.
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Old 05-25-2005, 05:07 PM
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that's pretty good, jenjen. trying to match flora's quality is always a trick

you might try another layer of hue/saturation/light and nudge it a bit towards the red. it is a bit tricky and skin tones can always give me fits, but you're on the right track!

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Old 05-26-2005, 05:34 PM
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I agree that with an image this degraded, serious surgery is usually called for. However, it's not impossible to recover a sense of the original colors before going in and cutting masks for everything.

This image used a slew of curves and other adjustment layers but retained all original channel information. I moved into lab initially and used three different curves, one violent move to suck the red out, a second to neutralize the background (and bring the rest of the image into some kind of balance) and a third to enhance and separate the colors that remained.

I then went back to RGB. I converted another copy to CMYK and used the black channel from that file as a layer mask on a curve adjustment layer in the RGB file and jacked up the master curve. (That's always a good way to enhance "blacks", if the RGB file is deficient in the shadows). Then I applied a host of saturation and selective color and curve layers.

This wouldn't be considered a final copy; it is, however, a decent starting point to begin working on things like dress color, background, skin tones, and the resulting moves at that point would be subtle, rather than violent.
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Old 05-30-2005, 06:30 AM
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Hi,

sorry to get back this late, but I've been away a few days ....

Kraellin,

thank you so much for your kindness!

In Photoshop, LAB is a colour 'Mode' ... divided in:
Lightness/Luminosity Channel
A Green-Magenta Channel and
B Yellow-Blue Channel.

I use the LAB Lightness Channel very often for 'brightening' images up a bit, for substituting damaged RGB channels when necessary (you have to tweak it with Levels or Curves for this), or for sharpening whitout affecting colours...

jenjen,

very good job!!
I agree with Kraellin, though, it needs a bit more red in the skin ....

edgework,

nice start ....
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:26 AM
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Flora,

you're most entirely welcome

thank you. if i ever get photoshop, i'm going to have a lot of terminology like that to clear up, i'm guessing. in the meantime, it makes it a bit rough trying to follow others' explanations of things when i dont have that particular function or tool. but, despite all that, i'm learning

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