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Old 09-20-2008, 12:46 AM
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Dark prom photo rescue

This beautiful girl is my... sorry, I don´t remember the English word but I'm his uncle. She show me her compact camera prom photos and I copy this one to try to make it usable.
http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/9...agen022xb2.jpg
It had a lot of noise so I opted for an artistic version, I used highlight and shadows, a simplifying action and some local adjusments. I know is not the best option but I think she will be quite happy. Please, tell me and show me if you have other ideas. Thanks.
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/1...022copyrv1.jpg
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:49 AM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

cristiano, What a difference! I am sure she will be very pleased with your finished picture!

It is much better if you do not link to images on other servers, since those links can break and that makes the forum thread essentially useless for future readers.

These links might help:

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After you post your less than 100K version, you could link to a site that is hosting a larger version.

Just some minor suggestions:

I cropped a bit to bring her closer
For the noise and a slight sharpening I used Imagenomic Noiseware
Painted the distracting highlights with nearby colors on a new darken layer then adjusted opacity
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:42 AM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

Hi cristiano,

I've just installed the update on my Adjust plugin and thought I'd try that.

I saw the photo as a bit darker and moodier.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:12 AM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

Cristian,
We would need a higher resolution image to play with it successfully. However, what you have done is very good. It would be nice to give her some options. If she op's for a natural image, then be sure you save your work prior to doing the artistic versions.

I think a natural image looks good for a prom. In that case, I would simply lower the saturation a bit, do a little sharpening and see how it comes out.

If you get a chance, post a higher res image on imageshack (if possible, not familiar with their limitations). We would love to try some other techniques on it.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:43 AM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

As always your very nice and very professional people, here is the higher res version of the original, I'll post the 100k versions later and comment detailedly (?), OlBaldy, sorry, I'm in a hurry now...

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/6...agen022vf8.jpg
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:39 PM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

Cropped and cleaned
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:36 PM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

Had a go at it by first bringing into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and working mainly in the Basic panel. Once in PS, I only added one quick pass with NoiseNinja at default settings. I don't see that it is any better than what you have already done Cristian.

I am afraid that your colors are too saturated to print well, though. You may want to have a few versions to send to the printer just in case. If you can obtain their printer type and soft proof to see how they will convert, that would be a good test also.

(I also may have left the windows a bit too bright - I like yours better.)
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:49 AM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

Here's my try. I won't describe the workflow because it involved a whole bunch of plugins.

Let me know if you want the bigger version.
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:19 AM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

Just had to take a shot at this. Lots of steps.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:36 PM
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Re: Dark prom photo rescue

Here are my comments for you. First of all, I'm so grateful you take the time and share your talent so generously, that is hard to stop saying thanks.
  • OlBaldy, your version looks more artistic than mine, more like an oil painting, better illumination and the crop is a great idea.
  • Inkjet, your approach is very interesting, a comic book version. Maybe too dark fo my taste but maybe I'm too old and she'll love it.
  • grannysdc, wow very beautiful, I'd like more context but nice glamour approach, flattering
  • TommyO, believe or not, you capture perfectly the spirit of the girl, she is just like that. You don't know her but you get the right image, amazing.
  • Verywierd, I love the vintage approach, nice colors and contrast, very poetic.
  • duwayne, she shines out of the blue, great effect indeed, kind of comic too, but not dark at all.

As you can see, the uncle's heart favorite is TommyO's ethereal pink happy glow version, but I love all versions, each one is unique and has something wonderful in it.
Thanks again for a great experience.
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