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Old 09-23-2010, 12:35 AM
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Re: any ideas?

I was fiddlin with the image without an intention of posting the final result, so I have no particular order of work. Levels, Dodge and Burn, Cloning, Patch Tool, Hue/Sat Adjustments, Selective Colour Adjustments, Sharpening. I converted to Black and White as well to see what it looked like. Needs a bit more work.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:37 AM
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Re: any ideas?

Originally Posted by paulus View Post
Hi Chillin,


Any pointers for how to turn my rubbish version to your very good one?

Thanks again for your help
A quick curves sample. Replace the output values with the sample output numbers. You can take sample points from other photos.
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:00 AM
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Re: any ideas?

Originally Posted by paulus View Post

I've tried this pic from archives and I've got pretty much nowhere with it and wondered if people could point me in the direction of solving it

As you can see I stopped working on it when I stepped back and realised how rubbish it was and left the nose!

Firstly, I started with color correction with curves using the white of the button and the pupil of his eye then onto getting the skin colors by painting on empty layers in color mode, curves to adjust saturation and contrast of these layers, etc. Each was selectively applied with a mask. I then extracted the subject to a new layer, placed a blank layer below, painted a BG and applied texture and sharpening.

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Old 09-24-2010, 05:59 AM
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Re: any ideas?

At first i did the colorcorrections according to a reference image of a little kid i found.

Then i did som d&b on the face an some recoloring on the clothes.

It´s quite difficult to get a result that doesn´t look to overdone and still naturally.


Here is my try
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:54 PM
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Re: any ideas?

Used Color Mechanic to tone down the reds in photo. Then dust and scratches and a quick trip through noise ninja.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:42 AM
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Re: any ideas?


Thanks to everybody who's contributed so far - I've got a lot to learn!
I'm currently playing with the curves from Chillin so hopefully I'll be able to put a better effort up shortly.

Thanks again to Tom, crfbillmann, Gary, Alison and unimatrix
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