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Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching'

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Old 10-30-2007, 12:14 PM
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Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching'

Anyone out there with this superb book might be able to help me with a slight problem right at the end of the book.
Page 441 - After applying a curve and lowering the highlights down to darken the image, you are told to 'with white as the foreground colour - select the gradient tool - choose the white to transparent gradient and then draw a number of gradients well outside the image toward the centre. When I do this nothing happens, but then drawing a white gradient on a white mask I wouldnt really expect it to.
Im obviously missing something very basic.
Can anyone help?
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:59 PM
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Hi Hilda,
What Katrin failed to point out, but perhaps assumed readers would realize, is that after you add the Curve Adj layer, you need to hit Ctrl+I to invert the layer mask to make it black. What this does is completely hide the darkening you just did with the curve, so that it leaves the image looking as bright as it did before your curve adj layer was added. Now by applying a white to transparent gradient from the edges inward, you are whitening the perimeter of the mask allowing the curve's darkening to be applied. Wherever the gradient is transparent will leave the layer mask black and therefore will hide the effects of the curve. Hope that helps,
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:59 PM
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Re: Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching

Hi Murray,
Oh dear, now I feel silly. Thats just so obvious. Must be having a bad day. Thank you for your help.
Must find another book like Katrin's but it will be a hard act to follow.
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:04 PM
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Re: Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching

I have three of her books and I have found things that just don't seem to work. However, was not a member of RetouchPRO when I did this book.

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Hilda, if you have not yet purchased her book called Photoshop Masking and Compositing, you should. Really worth it and then some!
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:59 AM
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Re: Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching

You've gotta ask, why didn't she just use a graduated mask. Black/White

I haven't looked at the book so there may be some obvious reason I'm missing, but from what I've just read in this thread, it seems she's doing things the hard way.
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:35 PM
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Re: Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching

Gary, she is creating a vignette but not a uniform circular one. She is slectively unmasking parts of the image. With the gradient not fading to transparency the areas of black that need to be protected will get covered in white and vice verse.
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Re: Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching

I bought katrin Eismanns book third edition I found i just cannot follow her tutorial i've had to put the book away for now perhaps i need to concentrate more but i just cannot grasp the way she wrote her tutorial everything seems unfinished.



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Re: Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching

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Gary, she is creating a vignette but not a uniform circular one. She is slectively unmasking parts of the image. With the gradient not fading to transparency the areas of black that need to be protected will get covered in white and vice verse.
regards, Murray

Thanks Murray , that's what you get from reading things out of context. Really must dig up Katrin's book, I know I've got it somewhere in the house.
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Re: Katrin Eismanns book 'Restoration & Retouching

Personally, I 'd have to agree with sergio2263. I find the book: 'Photoshop Masking and Compositing' to be rather flawed. I find her step by step instructions either miss out vital operations or simply do not work as stated. Some of her operations for masking seem pretty pointless. She takes you through a bunch of operations to increase contrast between the object and the background and then you find that you have to carefully paint around objects anyway. Not impressed.
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