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Old 09-25-2005, 06:57 AM
g0t0 g0t0 is offline
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Where to start??

I am trying to fix this photo, but I have no clue as to where to start. Or even how to start it. I pretty new to most editing. I have Paintshop Pro 9 and Photoshop 7, but VERY limited on using either's full potential. Any and all help is much appreciated.
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:15 AM
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Query....other than improving the focus of the pic, what else are you wanting to do with it? I personally like the colour cast.
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:17 AM
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First job is to analyze the photo. It appears to be a wedding shot (dress). Are you familiar with the picture or doing it for someone else? That would help.

You have a lot of grain and some lack of sharpness, so most of what you can do is try to balance color. MOST wedding gowns are white, so I'd begin by making that assumption. Use the highlight dropper in Levels or Curves to "pin" the brightest white you can find (woman's shoulder?). That should remove most of the yellow (tungsten light) color cast.

Can you assume the groom's tux is black? Try that with the dark dropper on the darkest spot you can find.

Finally, take a look at overall color balance (since there are no neutral gray areas that can be depended upon) and see how it looks.

Be very careful with sharpening not to accentuate grain.
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:25 AM
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Goto,

Here is a simple quick fix. In PS7 go to the top of your screen to Image,then down to Adjustments and in that window down to Match Color
In the Match color window check Nuetralize. I would then again go to Image>Adjustments>Levels, and in Levels take the furthest, little arrow at the bottom of the window and click and slide it left to the edge of the Histogram.

Here is my workflow I have PSCS2:

1. Duplicated the background Layer
2. Image>Adjustments>Match color, checked the Nuetralize window
3. Curves Adjustment Layer
4. Merge Visible----Shift+Option+Control+E
5. Shadow/Highlights---Image>Adj.>Shadow/Highlights, (Not in PS7)
6. Reduced Noise----Filter>Noise>Reduce Noise, (Not in PS7)
7. Selective Color Adj. Layer---Image>Adj.>Selective Color
Reds C-39, M-18
Yellows Y-100
Whites Y-100

8. Flattened and Sharpened.

K
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Old 09-25-2005, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Ken Fournelle
Goto,

Here is a simple quick fix. In PS7 go to the top of your screen to Image,then down to Adjustments and in that window down to Match Color
In the Match color window check Nuetralize. I would then again go to Image>Adjustments>Levels, and in Levels take the furthest, little arrow at the bottom of the window and click and slide it left to the edge of the Histogram.

Here is my workflow I have PSCS2:

1. Duplicated the background Layer
2. Image>Adjustments>Match color, checked the Nuetralize window
3. Curves Adjustment Layer
4. Merge Visible----Shift+Option+Control+E
5. Shadow/Highlights---Image>Adj.>Shadow/Highlights, (Not in PS7)
6. Reduced Noise----Filter>Noise>Reduce Noise, (Not in PS7)
7. Selective Color Adj. Layer---Image>Adj.>Selective Color
Reds C-39, M-18
Yellows Y-100
Whites Y-100

8. Flattened and Sharpened.

K

That's brilliant, Ken!!

Maureen
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Old 09-25-2005, 11:40 AM
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Hi GoTo. Welcome to RP.

The Blue channel is Bad, and equalising it does not help.
The camera has focussed on the background rather than the subject.

Levels as MDavis but found a grey point on the stand in the background.
Reduced the saturation (except the flowers)
Neat image
Lightened the eyes
Darkened and blurred the background.

It’s a shame the boys mouth is obscured.

Ken. Match colour is only available in CS and CS2 not PS7.

Ken
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Old 09-25-2005, 11:58 AM
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lots of color balance

lots of color balance and some histogram adjust, noise removal and 'reverse' usm

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Old 09-25-2005, 12:13 PM
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As everyone seems so keen to fix the colour cast, mine consists of blurring the blotchy skin on the original and then performing a curves adjustment taking the suit as black, the lightest part of the dress as white and the wall behind as the grey. It doesn't entirely remove the colour cast but I don't think I want to fully remove it. A highpass layer in overlay mode to sharpen up a bit and then a bit more manual blurring on selected areas.
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:41 PM
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hi
I d like to use play with channels first then adjust the colors

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Old 09-25-2005, 04:13 PM
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If you assume the dress is white, make sure you take into account the shearness. If anything, it should be balanced to the yellow rather than blue. As with Ken, I used the stand for my midpoint. With the corrections in RGB I found magenta overload in lips and ear and corrected in LAB. Sharpening and Neat Image seems to hurt more than help so I just blurred a and b and left the rest as is.

Cheers

Dave
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