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Old 08-15-2005, 05:04 PM
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jen,

i dont think it's going to look right. on my monitor, i see a lot of very dark in the pants and left skirt and a lot of very light up top. there's also quite a bit of grain showing in places, especially on the faces.

i gave this one a shot also. it turned out to be a lot trickier than i would have imagined. i ran all the standard adjustments with curves, levels, contrast/brightness but it still wouldnt correct right.

so, i made a mask over that bright blown out area on the left, the house part, and darkened it on a gradient.

i ran the whole image thru neat image, but that didnt clean it up enough.

i ran selections on the dark skirt and dark pants and used a median filter on both to clean these.

i ran one very light salt and pepper filter on the whole image

i ran another very light median on the whole.

i then ran the whole image thru the 'one step photo fix' of psp 9. this finally got the levels and contrasts better.

i did some other minor cleanup with push, clone, and smudge in various small areas.

very deceptive image, this one.

Craig

edit: and i still dont really like it
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:11 PM
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thanks Kraellin. Your version looks better then mine. I've redone this one over and over. It's funny after awhile it doesn't matter if you get this picture or not but it becomes a challenge.
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:15 PM
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Hi Jen,

It sounds like people are finding this one a bit tricky. I opened your original up in Photoshop and noticed something odd - the levels look like they have already been manipulated in some way. (See attached) Did you have any automatic settings when you scanned the picture?
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:19 PM
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It's funny after awhile it doesn't matter if you get this picture or not but it becomes a challenge.
i start taking them personally after a bit, jen

and yes, cathy, i had wondered about that.

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Old 08-15-2005, 05:52 PM
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HMM i not sure whats going on at this point. When i open up the original and go to Levels it doesn't show it like that. But i got a new printer so i'm not sure. I thought i turned off all the printer corrections.
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Old 08-15-2005, 08:45 PM
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Kraellin,


I printed out your picture just to see the difference in the contrast. It seemed very gray and wasn't much difference from the original. Which makes it kind of funny because it looks better on screen then in print. Hmm i give up on it. Thanks everyone.
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:07 PM
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jen,

you may have to make some adjustments in how your printer talks to your computer and photoshop, possibly with new drivers, or by using a different mode. i've seen lots of talk on the site about printing from cmyk instead of rgb. i dont have this problem in psp, but photoshop might need some different profile or mode change or something of that nature. if i run across a specific thread that talks about this i'll post it up here for you.

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Old 08-15-2005, 10:07 PM
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JPEG: Jam Packed (with) Extreme Garbage

Hi Jennifer,
It looks like the problem has more to do with the original scan than it does with Photoshop, the monitor or printing.

The JPEG artifacts are very toublesome. If possible, you should rescan the image and choose to save it as a TIF file. TIF won't give you this blocky arrangement. It gets very noticeable when you lighten or saturate an image like this. Honestly, any image-work you value, JPEG should be the last choice.

Once you have a good scan, Levels, Curves or Shadow/Highlights should easily correct the contrast balance of the image and give you a good print.
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:32 PM
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I saved as a Jpeg later when i put it through neat image, beacuse i think that is the only format i can get to open up in that program. Its not the plug-in filter its seperate. Anyway it was saved as a Psd. I just printed out again the same picture i did before and it looked totally different when nothing was done to it. Maybe i got ghost here!
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:05 PM
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jen,

i almost always do neat image images in .bmp and i also only use the stand-alone, so i know .bmp works.

not sure what's going on with your printer, though.

i gave this another shot, only this time i didnt do much cleaning, just trying to get the contrast and levels right. i also didnt bother with the blown out area on the left.

Craig

edit: resized and posted another of the same.
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