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Old 04-09-2007, 02:01 AM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

I started with opacity layers mix green-100%, blue-30%, red-25%.
Next I worked with the face & then the rest. a lot of masking.
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:06 PM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

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Hi Mark,
Hi Roger.

I've been working on this for about two hours now and I just can't seem to get it to happen. Your version considerably improves the silvering at the bottom of the image and nicely smoothes the shadows and texture of the dress. Mine still shows a lot of mottling. There's noise too, but I'm dealing with that as a separate issue.

I should also say that I'm working with the GIMP which is not a PS equivalent, but I can access the RGB and LAB layers through decomposition. (See attached.)

Regrettably, my (cruder, more labor intensive) method seems to be getting me better results. At least that's the way it appear on my monitor for now.

Thanks for the time on this. Working with these layers seems very sophisticated to me and I wish I could get a handle on it. I appreciate the attention.

Mark
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:11 PM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

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I started with opacity layers mix green-100%, blue-30%, red-25%.
Next I worked with the face & then the rest. a lot of masking.
The dress looks really good chillin. What did you do in the "dress_ret" and "dress_ret" mask layers?

Mark
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:28 PM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

The dress_ret is cloning & layer opacity 86%
The dress_ret_mask is healing with a brush opacity from 6 to 21
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:42 PM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

Mark - you are welcome, I hope it is a help. There are multiple ways to do anything in this game and no right way. My first impression looking at the last photo you posted is that the dark areas are too dark, there is dark damage and then not so dark areas, they are now all dark. I think you have gotten heavy handed looking for the image to 'pop'.

I have 30 years printing in a black and white darkroom, one of the things I have learned is to look at the highlights/shadows/midtones seperately. In other words, just looking at her light skin tone, is there delicacy and roundness or is it grey, or lack roundness, do you see a highlight within it? The midtones feel full with shape, not garrish or flat? The shadows in the dress hold detail and feel natural? Levels work part way - but in this case a little playing with curves is probably best. I don't know Gimp (where else can you say 'I don't know Gimp' :-) ), but if I can be of any help I would be glad too.

Waxing philosophical, it is a little like playing a musical instrument, active listening is totally required - play with the image, keep a light touch, and the image will teach you. We never know it all and the next image teaches us again. That is why, I think Chillin's retouch is so good.

Chillin, I want to complement you on your retouch - excellent!

Regards,
Roger
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:07 AM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

Thank You Roger. That's really nice comment.
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:25 PM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

My try.
Hope you like it.
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

i did most of this the other day, so i'm afraid i dont recall all the steps. but, it was pretty much my standard fare, clone, airbrush, digital camera noise removal, push (smudge), a bit of soften here and there and a bit of sharpen here and there.
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:10 PM
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Re: Howdy Strangers -- Any suggestions on this one?

Hey Craig,

The bottom of the dress looks grainy, but it's still better than the results I'm getting.

Thanks for contributing.

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Old 04-10-2007, 11:18 PM
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you're welcome.
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