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Old 09-19-2005, 10:00 PM
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I used a custom RGB gamma profile of 1.4 (ala D.Margulis) to simply shift the pixels into a lighter direction... Took only 30 seconds...

-heyrad
Good one. I use that technique a lot too. However, the Highlight/Shadows dialogue is quite useful, particularly in an image like this with decent midtones and highlights.

I used a setting of 50 50 30, then duped the layer and ran dust and scratches, filled a layer mask with black and then painted back over the scratches. Add'l retouching is called for to smooth out the blotches, but this is definitely a useful tool.
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Old 09-20-2005, 08:44 AM
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Hi Craig,

Just spotted this one, it's months since I did this.

Yes, that's exactly right, by inverting the image you've got a negative. But because the blend mode is Soft Light, the darker bits of the underlying layer get lighter, and the lighter bits get darker (in other words it reduces contrast).

If you don't invert the layer, the result is an increase in contrast.

You don't have to use "Soft Light" blend, similar (but harsher) effect is obtained using "Overlay" or "Hard Light" blend modes.

Gary


have cleaned up original post a little.
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Old 09-20-2005, 01:30 PM
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thanks gary (and ken).

and ken, you said make sure the printer is on B&W, but i think it's the opposite for some printers. some do better on B&W's by printing in color. for instance, i print all my B&W's on color settings for the printer. they just seem better to me that way. it may be the inks. i think the HP printers want you to change cartridge types if you print in B&W and i just find that annoying.

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Old 09-24-2005, 01:57 PM
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I found that using shadow/highlight worked fairly well. I moved to lab first, and made my edits in the lightness channel. Once in lab, I realized that only the lightness channel had any real detail, so once back in RGB I chose to dump the extra channels and work on the image as a greyscale. That way I could dodge and burn without worrying about 'channel chatter'. After the edits were complete, I cropped it and made it a duotone.
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Old 09-24-2005, 02:47 PM
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I found that using shadow/highlight worked fairly well. I moved to lab first, and made my edits in the lightness channel. Once in lab, I realized that only the lightness channel had any real detail, so once back in RGB I chose to dump the extra channels and work on the image as a greyscale. That way I could dodge and burn without worrying about 'channel chatter'. After the edits were complete, I cropped it and made it a duotone.

I think the best thing to do with this one is to make a selection of the scratchy shadow area and fill it with a dark colour, hard light, and flatten and blur the edges. It worked fine for me but I can't get the image size to 100 kb to post it here.

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Old 09-25-2005, 10:34 PM
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Thank you everyone for all your advice.
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