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Old 12-02-2015, 11:43 AM
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A mass of multicolored dots!

This photo of my daughter and mom is priceless AND it is a mess. The red and green channels are pretty bad but the blue is shot. Does anyone have ideas about how to tackle this problem? I've done a little bit of work with channels, switching to LAB, Apply image, but I don't know if that's even the place to start. I'm working in Photoshop CC if that's helpful.
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Old 12-03-2015, 04:35 PM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

Here is a beginning - some lab adjustments to bring out more detail, then noise reduction and color blending. All that's left is to use a brush to improve the skin (time consuming).
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Old 12-03-2015, 05:28 PM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

Interesting result! In my most current version, I also used a lab adjustment and did some blending. I put together a mask for the faces which helped contain the changes. The mask is a little stiff around the edges but I can fix that I think. You did a great job getting the little green specks out - what blending did you use to achieve that?
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:42 AM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

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Interesting result! -what blending did you use to achieve that?
Up to this point the only brush I used was the history brush. After the LAB adjustment to open up the shadows, I did a Reduce Noise adjustment, which softened the grain in the face (notice the hat on the boy is still very grainy in the shadow area - I focused on the faces for this quick fix).
After reducing the noise there were still large brown specks, so I made a duplicate layer, and using curves, I lowered the color contrast in the skin (which wiped out most everything, but created a soft, flesh colored blob that I blended into the faces to reduce the noise even more - old technique). Then did a contrast adjustments with curves to enhance the detail, along with a selective color move to brighten the skin, and then did some sharpening.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:47 AM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

Thank you so much for your help! I'll post it again when I've gotten to a good point.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:07 PM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

Hi Pentaxlover
Here is a B&W shot using mostly camera raw filter functionality and removing some background objects:
liza-omi.jpg
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:07 AM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

Hi John,

I like what you did. I'd been thinking about making it black and white and after seeing your version, I'm pretty sure that I will. I'll play around in Camera Raw and sometimes I've had good luck with the Photoshop CC B&W.

Thank you!
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:03 PM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

John's B/W got me thinking about an alternative workflow.

1. I split the channels into individual greyscale images.
2. Opened each image in Camera Raw to reduce the noise and open up the shadows.
3. Pasted each channel into a blank RGB image.
4. Applied another Highlight/Shadow adjustment to the composite image.
5. Then adjusted color with blending to improve contrast.

Result is similar to my original but with less saturated skin (I toned it down using Hue/Saturation) and smoother shadow areas.
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:21 PM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

What a cool trick! I love how much I learn every time that I go into this forum. I've done the split channel on this end and when I'm done with what I've got I'll post it. Thank you so much for all of the help and information!
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:11 PM
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Re: A mass of multicolored dots!

I think it is soooo kewl that their noses form a heart.... A sign of true love?? I think so!

fixed as above with a little noise removal added
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