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Old 01-13-2007, 04:41 AM
Gerald McClaren Gerald McClaren is offline
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Overexposed and color correction

I would like to know how can I correct the overexposed female and color correct her face. I had tried to use multiply blending mode on a layer but it didn't come out too good, her skin had some dark blotches on her cheeks and chin, also, the color was not even.

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Old 01-13-2007, 01:19 PM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

I’ve done selective adjustments to the lady’s side of the picture,
some patchwork on chicks & forehead and all exposure fix + color correction, but not so much to the man’s face
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Old 01-13-2007, 02:36 PM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

Gerald,

Did you apply some smoothing or other corrections already? It looks like it.
If so, could you post an uncorrected version?

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Old 01-13-2007, 04:36 PM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction(Uncorrected Version)

Ken, here is the original uncorrected version.

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Old 01-13-2007, 06:30 PM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

Gerald,

I tried the healing brush with a grain pattern (per a tutorial I found & posted under "Dodge/Burn to smooth skin?", AND then ran ByRo's "Color de-clipping" action and painted in areas that were still over-exposed. Then did levels and a curve adjustment to add contrast again.

ByRo's tutorial on Color de-clipping is very useful for overexposed highlights, and I could have adjusted his default settings and probably completed the work just with that procedure, but I've been playing with the grain pattern healing brush technique and decided to give that a go. (Oh, I also added an inverted desaturated layer set on overlay blend -- blurred and opacity reduced to taste, because there was still a bit too much contrast.)
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:38 PM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

Gerald,

I used byRo's de-Clip action to identify the clipped areas of the ladies face and painted them back in. I selected the womans face and used Curves, empty layers set to Color, Softlight to improve the face. The blacks were pretty well clipped so I tried to bring them back into specs with Curves.

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Old 01-13-2007, 11:00 PM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

Thanks CJ and Ken for both of your input on helping to correct the overexposed photo. I'll try ByRo method and see how it will come out.


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Old 01-14-2007, 05:22 AM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

In LAB, I used the clone tool to work on the A and B channels in one layer, adding, basically painting the colors of her face from one area to the blown areas. This layer was set to color mode. Brush was set to Darken.

Then on another Layer, I did the same sort of clone painting on the overflashed areas in the L channel. This layer was set to Luminosity. (I do this sort of painting individually on the three channels so there is some randomness occuring when they are composited, and the result doesn't look as cloned.)

Then I set lowered the opacity some on each of my layers. I think I used about 55% on the luminance layer, and about 80% on the color layer.

Then back to sRGB for curves. I took the boa to be black, and used a dark point on it to set the black point. The name card on the man's jacket is white, and it was fine, so no need to set a white point. Then the question was: what color was the man's jacket and tie. I decided it also had to be neutral, and not the blue that the original shows. Once the neutral areas were set, I did some slight tweaking on the curves to try to balance the skins.

Finally, I did a small shadow/highlight adjustment to bring some shape to the man's jacket, bring out the background a bit, and to up the highlights (her skin) detail a bit more.

This correction brings the overexposure on the woman more into line with the excess flash on the man. But the flash is causing at least as much havoc on the man's face, and I think it would be a bigger job to fix it there.

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Old 01-16-2007, 01:00 AM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

i added a layer painted a fair tone, over the hard light area and set the mode to darken
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Old 01-16-2007, 01:40 AM
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Re: Overexposed and color correction

Hi! evilworkz.com, where did you get the color tone to paint over the female from? Nice job.

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