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Old 09-08-2015, 12:29 PM
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Re: Where to start?

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Wow, I really like the way it looks. I am going to "attempt" to make mine look that way. Can you explain what you meant by "painted on new blank layers in color blend mode"? I'm not sure I understand what you're saying.
Set a new empty layer above a copy (original is untouched..) of the original (Shift-Ctrl-N), set the blend mode of this layer to Colour & with the brush tool selected, sample the desired colour. Once you have the target area painted/covered, Ctrl-click on the painted layer which will show a selection/outline of that area. Save this selection to an alpha channel by clicking on the wash machine looking icon, 2nd from the left at the bottom of the channels palette.
With this alpha channel, you can make overall adjustments to the project without affecting the saved selection or instead, target just the selected area.

i.e. You have painted his shirt blue, saved it to an alpha channel and would now like to make adjustments to the colour, saturation, etc., Ctrl - click on the alpha channel to activate it (marching ants now visible around the shirt) so that any changes made will effect this selected area only.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:53 PM
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Re: Where to start?

Probably did a no-no by straightening and cropping but repaired as utilizing the same methods mentioned by the others here
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:21 PM
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Re: Where to start?

Same as others have done, I worked on the white balance first and then applied a median blur selectively using a mask in order to get rid of the spots. Cloning and healing brushes, followed by some sharpening to bring out various details, and a final touch of colour blend alterations.


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