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Old 02-18-2005, 02:02 PM
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Ok I give up. I think the problem is how I am trying to setup and apply the layers. I have attached the PSD file. Can someone look at it without laughing and tell me or show me what I am doing wrong? I do understand layers and masks to a point. I believe my problem is using the tool.

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Old 02-18-2005, 03:21 PM
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Jonk and Layers

Well Jonk here is my take on what Gary said.
First Duplicate the Background layer to make a copy of that.
Next place a levels adjustment layer. On my screen dump thats called levels 1. There are two boxes and the box on the right is the mask for the levels adjustment. By clicking on the box on the right you activate the mask and then what's white is shown and what is black won't be shown. The part thats white will show the levels adjustment and in this instance darkness will flow into the cloudy areas of the picture.

On top of that a new layer is made which is filled with 50% gray. In that layer you set the blend mode to soft light (or overlay). Painting the gray layer with a black brush will darken the picture and Painting that layer with a white brush will lighten it.

The grand finale of this is the top final adjustment layer.

Something tells me I made this more complicated than it is. Hope this helps.

I've enclosed my take on the layer structure.
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:26 PM
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How about this easier way to start with -- do the Levels adjustment layer, then click on the white box on the Levels layer, paint your image with black to lighten the effect of the Levels adjustment to your taste (you can repaint with white where you change your mind or make an error -- you can even use a shade of gray or just lower the opacity of your brush to reduce or increase the amount of the effect. You are painting on a "mask" instead of your image, so if you need to make a change or throw it away -- you can, without losing your original image in its original state.
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:45 PM
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Hi Jon, When I'd duplicated the background, I applied the levels straight to the duplicated layer, not on an extra levels adjustment layer.

So my layer stack was as follows.

Levels Adj Layer (Finally added to get levels across entire image)
Soft Light layer with 50% grey (Paint to refine tone.)
Duplicated Background with levels adjustment. (Layers mask to reveal just cloudy areas.)

Hope this clarifies things.
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Old 02-19-2005, 08:04 AM
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Thumbs down Thank You!

Thanks Again Everyone! I got it finally through my think head. I really appreciate the help that everyone gave me here and I hope to return the favor.

Thanks Again!
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