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Old 10-23-2005, 07:00 AM
jabomano jabomano is offline
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How Is This Done...?

I've finally found a photo done with the technique that I've been trying to learn about..... the Old Master's style. This was done in Photoshop and I was told it was done with 'global changes with color filtering by hues/saturation in several layers, and contrast by curves'. I really don't know what this global change means but I've tried to achieve this look in my photo's but I just can't do it.

Can anybody help me with any suggestions?

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Ray
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:07 AM
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I really don't know what this global change means but I've tried to achieve this look in my photo's but I just can't do it.
Global just means something has been done to the whole image, rather than to a portion, e.g. by making selections.

First thing to note is the way the image has been shot: Lighting very much in the 'Old Masters' style - it really helps to get as close as you can with the photography

Beyond that, you can use Hue Saturation adjustment layers, and you can target specific colours if needed. Then you can go back & tweak the adjustment as your work progresses, (or reduce the opacity, etc.). Same thing for Levels & Curves - use adjustment layers & keep going back & fine tuning, always referring to your 'target' or reference image as you work.
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:33 AM
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To William...

Thanks for your input. I've tried the saturation route but just can't seem to get it right. I too try to shoot my portraits in the Old Master's style but the image I posted goes far beyond what I can accomplish. I just was looking for the steps it would take to achieve this type of color profile.

Here's one of my portraits in this style.

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Ray
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:50 AM
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This image is in a style people sometimes refer to as "Painting with Light."

I have a learning gallery that demonstrates the effect:

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...y-lighting.htm

If you go to the Retouching forum at DPReview.com and search for "Paint with Light" or "PWL", you will find lots of discussion.

Cheers,

Mitch
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Old 10-23-2005, 02:58 PM
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not quite sure what you're going for here. your last image is good, but lacks a bit of punch i would say. the hue/sat technique is a good way to adjust the colors and brightness and saturation at different levels, working the different color channels. and the curves contrast trick is one of rather than using a lightness/contrast adjustment level you simply use the curves adjustment level to get contrast. this allows you not only control of the master but also of the individual channels. in the case of your photo i adjusted both the master and the red channel. you bring the lights up and the darks down to get the increased contrast.

now, i'm not sure if this is what you're going for, but i gave it a shot.

Craig
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