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Old 07-06-2005, 05:16 PM
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Maureeno, I really really like the toning of the edit you gave. I think thats exactly the kind of atmosphere I am looking for, although I think in my case I may leave out the bluring effect. Can you tell me how you accomplished the toning? Thanks.

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Andreas
Andreas, I edited your image in Photo Impact XL using several edit FX.

To achieve the toning, I used a built-into PI "task," which is used to create the sepia tone.

You can achieve a similar effect in PS by desaturating your image, adjusting your colours (highlights, shadow, midtones) then deeping your tones in Curves.

I copied and pasted the image onto itself, reduced transparency to 44%, flipped the copied/pased image horizontially and applied a fadeout effect, then flattened the image.

After that I used the zoom blur, cropped a wee bit, and dodged the bottom of the children's feet area to deepen the effect.

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Old 07-06-2005, 06:44 PM
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Bill, your edit is very different from the others. At first i didnt like it, as it was not B&W nor high contrast. But now I think the hazy, desaturated look may suite the photo as well if not better. How did you select the figures in a way that there are no jaggedy edges showing?

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Andreas
Andreas,

I used a feathering selection of 15 which was pretty wide for the size of the photo. Then I selected a rough outline from well inside each figure so that the feathering extended beyond them when the selection was inverted.

Personally, I thought Maureen's version was great! It would be my first choice. One of the always interesting things here is to see how different folks approach the same photo or solve the same problem. That's why I so enjoy the challenges

Bill
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:15 PM
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hi,

it looks like the picture is flat, so my approach to do this, handle buildings, sky, people etc seperatly. I used many channel mixers burns and curve.

ralaqu
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Old 07-07-2005, 05:23 AM
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Hi all,

Taking a bit of advice from everyone, I have arrived at the image atached below. I think its a bit less "extreme", than some of the edits posted, not that thats good or bad, just more towards my taste.

I would appreciate any comments or further edits if any one has anything to contribute.

Thanks again,
Andreas
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Old 07-07-2005, 07:17 AM
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Hi Andreas,

Looks good, and what's more to the point, it's as you want it.

Glad we could help.
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Old 07-07-2005, 02:20 PM
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andreas,

glad you got what you were looking for

interesting how a simple crop can change things too. here's 3 examples...

Craig
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:18 PM
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Kraellin,

You're absolutely right. The only limitation I have is the pixel count, as I would like to be able to print the final image. In most cases my 4 MP canon G2 is enough for me in terms of pixel count, but cropping is one of the many reasons the 8 MPl canon DSLRs make me drool

Andreas
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