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Old 12-06-2006, 10:27 AM
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Re: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

this last pic you posted, neb, is quite interesting. i kept looking at it and looking at it and thought for a long while that it was a partially colorized image. but when i started playing with color balance on it, i began to think otherwise. there actually is green in the foliage that can be brought out and the dresses actually do start to come back to something believable.

so, that was the main thing i did here, color balance. i kept adjusting this back and forth and any time i'd get something that i thought was close, i'd do a copy merge and save as a new layer. then, i'd turn that new layer off and work on the original again. i ended up making about 4 or 5 of these copy merge layers.

i then went through all these copy merge layers, turning them on and off individually to see which i actually liked now compared to the others. i found two that were different from each other but that i thought were fairly good on the color balance. i left these on and set the top one of these two to soft light and did a another copy merge to new layer on those.

this was now my working image.

on this, i ran a curves layer and did another copy merge.

and on that i ran an unsharp mask at 2/100/5, a clarify at 2 and another adjustment layer of highlights/midtones/shadows. and that was it.

you shld understand too that the photograph was taken by an amateur. the woman in the middle's face is in shadow while the other two are in light. it was slightly out of focus and not composed all that well, being taken too distant to really show up the focus, the women.

and that's something that all retouchers and restorers shld be aware of when they do their work. sometimes what you're trying to correct isnt due to damage of the original; it's that the original wasnt done right to begin with.

p.s. i'm already looking at what i did and thinking i may have pushed the green too much, but i'll post it anyways as reference.
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Old 12-06-2006, 01:44 PM
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Re: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Good job craig
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:12 PM
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Re: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

I used levels to correct the photo. The white eyedropper on the lady on the left's glove, and the black eyedropper on the middle lady's hat. I sharpened some.
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:01 PM
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I thought you all where crazy..take the caste off and ta-da..was I wrong.
I think this was colorized or enhanced at some point. the colores are like randomly flying around..the middle dress color goes up into her chin..exact color of the handbag. The green on the left woman is too there. the flowers in the background some have color same flower beside it doesn't..isloated green sploches.

Anyway this is what I did..I corrected (fiddled) each channel (individually)with the level adjustment. That brought out the colors bigtime.
Then tried to control these wild colors with the color select and hue/sat adjustment.

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Old 12-06-2006, 10:17 PM
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Re: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

thanks, butch.

but i wasnt happy with it. i definitely had too much green in there. so, this is the 2nd version. i took the one i'd already posted and did another color balance on it then added a bit of clarify. looks better to me. the bad part of doing that is compressing an already compressed image and entering more artifacting.
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:45 AM
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Much Better, Craig. Good Improvement.
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:55 AM
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Re: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

thanks, phil.

i like yours too, except i think i'd desaturate just a bit the reds in the middle ladies' dress and the purse on the camera right.
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