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Old 04-25-2007, 06:25 AM
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Got a tough one here

Hi Everyone,

I've got a tough one here and I was wondering if any one has some ideas on this. I've tried everything I can think of but can't seem to help it much. Any help would be greatly appreciated, maybe someday I can return the favor.
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Old 04-25-2007, 06:56 AM
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Re: Got a tough one here

Your photo opened up so tiny on my computer otherwise I would've given this a shot before I went to work...I'd probably start with a levels adjustment layer, use the eye dropper to pick out neturals, etc and play with the sliders. If that didn't produce much, probably would go to curves or maybe even try a color correction with a photo filter.
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:28 AM
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Re: Got a tough one here

Hi there

Just seems to be a low light shot and the example is too small to work on I think. I used a couple of curves adjustment layers and reduced the saturation a little.

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Old 04-25-2007, 08:32 AM
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Re: Got a tough one here

Hey, that looks great, I don't know what to think about the size of the photo, it says the image can't be larger than 100k so I've been trying to stay in that ball park. Either way, this looks real good, I'll see if I can match what you did.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:29 AM
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Re: Got a tough one here

This is my try.

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Old 04-25-2007, 12:11 PM
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Re: Got a tough one here

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... I don't know what to think about the size of the photo, it says the image can't be larger than 100k so I've been trying to stay in that ball park. ...

Larbear -- if you use Photoshop, you can use File Save for Web and make your image approximately 800x600 pixels (under Image Size in the Save for Web page) then tick the "Optimized" box up on the right hand side and click the right-facing arrow to open the "Optimize to file size" box -- then type in 100 in the box for "Desired file size". Click "OK" and save. Then you can upload to RetouchPro without going over the forum size limit while showing us an image that is large enough to actually work with -- I included an upsized version of your original just to show the difference -- if it's blurry or has artifacts, that's because I didn't do any special enlargement steps -- just upsized the small original. Your original will look better when you size it for the forum.
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Old 04-27-2007, 06:16 AM
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Re: Got a tough one here

CJ,

Thanks for the tip, I'll do that from now on. I don't know what it is about this picture (and several more like it) that has caused me to go brain dead. It definitely is repairable, you folks are great. I just need to figure out the right combination of the curves now. These are for a close friend of my and they are the only wedding pictures they have, but they all look like the one I uploaded. Again, thanks for your help and I'm going to become more active on this forum now that I have alot more time.

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Old 04-28-2007, 12:05 AM
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Re: Got a tough one here

Here is your image with nothing more than a level adjustment. You can easily do this, by adding a levels layer, and adjusting the white and black sliders to where the spectrum just begins in the levels view. Do this for each of the red green and blue channels, and then adust the middle slider in the master view for overall contrast. This is often the first adjustment I make even if other work is required.
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Old 04-28-2007, 06:06 AM
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Re: Got a tough one here

Thanks Dave, I'm out of town this weekend so when I get home I'll work on the rest of the photos, have a great weekend.
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