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Old 08-24-2006, 06:31 AM
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Here is my try
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I love to try to match styles...did I come close?
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:33 PM
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Re: How can this be done...

Sorry to revive a dead horse but I really liked this processing effect. And thought Id give it a try and found a real simple way to get to the final image.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...-u-2005-FA.jpg
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:53 AM
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Re: How can this be done...

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Sorry to revive a dead horse but I really liked this processing effect. And thought Id give it a try and found a real simple way to get to the final image.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...-u-2005-FA.jpg
In the essence of the spirit of these forums, would you care you share the technique?
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:03 PM
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Re: How can this be done...

Oh most definitely,

You need a decent image to work on. Good lighting with lots of contrast.

First you have to enhance the highlights with a diffuse glow effect. Duplicate the image, apply a Gaussian Blur of about 10-20px and set the blend mode to Screen, then access the advanced blending options.

In the "This layer" blend if slider, take the blackpoint slider to the right until you see the highlights in the image selected then hold the ALT key down then slide the other half of the black point slider further right until you get a good blend/diffuse effect.

Mask out any areas you don't want the diffuse glow on.

Flatten then duplicate the new layer, select the duplicate layer then go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate - then set the opacity to around 60% just enough to get the color back but with a subdued tone.

With the new layer still selected go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and give it a Contrast of +15

Use CTRL + ALT + ~ (tilde) to select the highlights then under the select menu choose Inverse (Shift + CTRL + I)

with the selection still active, go to the layer Adjustment menu (black and white half circles in layer pallete) and choose Solid Color and pick a color you want used in the effect. (I used #16534C)

Change the adjustment layer's blend mode to Darken. Change the Opacity to taste. Select the Solid Color's Layer Mask and with a soft black brush set around 25% gradually mask out the hair to reveal original color.

And basically that's it. It might look complicated now but do it a couple of times and it will be a breeze.
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