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Old 05-31-2006, 03:01 AM
Angel_Ice Angel_Ice is offline
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Great work here!

Bart, can u explain better your way?

Ck, great result, can u do a tutorial about this? it's fantastic!
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for the praise! I retouched the image after studying a number of different tutorials and posts already on this site. Is there anything in particular about this image you want to know? The colours are a result of dodging and burning to provide depth and a 'silvery' glow, followed by a desaturation of the whole image, and particularly of blues and greens, then re-saturating the reds.

Anything specific you'd like to know, I'd be happy to answer.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:58 AM
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Thanks also for the compliment, and for explaining your method in detail. It will be something I will find very useful in the future.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Angel_Ice
Great work here!

Bart, can u explain better your way?
I think my way is the same as Butch's. I attached a snapshot of Photoshop when it's part-way done. I've put a curve layer (curves 1) and a raster layer (layer 2--color blend mode) into a group. The group starts out with a black mask, but I paint white in areas that have shadow--start with a rough painting. Then I boost the RGB curve (shown) until the brightness of the shade area starts looking close to the sunlit section. Then I either adjust the individual color curves and/or paint replacement colors on the color blend layer to fix the colors and then do some final tweaking on the RGB curve until it matches. In situations where the shadow isn't quite so deep and the jpeg artifacts aren't so severe, I'll usually use a color balance or HSL layer to re-balance the shadow colors. This might be a better way to go if your original has good detail in the shadow.

After that, more carefully brush the group mask to minimize the boundary and then do some healing to remove any remaining discontinuities.

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