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Old 09-26-2006, 10:35 PM
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Need Help Retouching Wife

Hello all,

I need help with this photo of my wife taken in Positano, Italy at dusk.

As you can see, the sky is completely blown. I'd like to add some color to the sky. Is this possible? How about a composite, blending in a blue sky from another photo?

Also, I've tried fixing the overall tonality of the photo using a combination of screen, overlay and blend layers without much success.

So I now defer to your superior skill and judgment.

Any help is appreciated.

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9638/positanocr3.jpg
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:37 PM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

Have you tried Swampy's method? She seems to get great results. She outlines the process here...

Fixing a Blown Out Sky

Kerry
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:45 PM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

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Have you tried Swampy's method? She seems to get great results. She outlines the process here...

Fixing a Blown Out Sky

Kerry
Thank you for your reply. I will try Swampy's method.

BTW, my camera was set at ISO 1600 resulting in the blown sky.
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Old 09-27-2006, 12:20 AM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

Ok, i just tried using Selective Color Layer without success to change the white in the sky to blue. Moving the Cyan and Magenta sliders changed the color of the water and the mountain; however, the sky remains white.
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Old 09-27-2006, 12:50 AM
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Hi stretch

Here is a quick version... a little over saturated I'm afraid. I used a red channel copy. I inverted it then painted with white over the foreground and girl. Then with white or black as needed set to overlay and 50 opacity to refine the edges. I let the sea stay gray so the new background would blend.

When I was satisfied I ctrl clicked on my new layer to get a selection. Clicked on RGB then layer. Then I duplicated the background and on the top layer added a mask. The selection was transferred. Between the two layers I inserted a sea and sky picture.. It needs some cyan haze to match the cliff on the right but too lazy to do it...lol... That was it... lots more work but you get the idea.

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Old 09-27-2006, 01:00 AM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

Hi Stretch, I decided to try Swampy's method myself and was having the same problem with the selective color layer until I realized that I had not selected Absolute as opposed to Relative. Once I switched that no problem. Here is a TERRIBLY sloppy example.

Kerry
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Old 09-27-2006, 01:43 AM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

The bad news is this picture is not going to be able to handle much of anything you have in mind. The location of the subject relative to the lighting will create this problem.
Besides the lighting problem, the health of the photo is poor, as you can see when you look at its channels. However, the lightness & green channels are ok, so your best bet is to switch it to grayscale and use those channels as a foundation. I really doubt you can get acceptable results in colour, but the picture isn't a complete lost cause, although doing the opposite of what most would attempt is probably the way to go. You'll see this as people reply and post their ideas. Most will attempt to lighten the foreground to bring her out. It won't work. Not only will it look bad, but it also won't make any sense since the sun is pretty much hitting her in the back.

The good news is that while the photo might not be what you wanted - and it's a great shot too - at least you get to keep the girl. She's gorgeous.

Mig
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Old 09-27-2006, 03:29 AM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

Hard to give any real opinion on such a small picture 360x239 pix 46K.

Might help if you posted a larger copy of your image, the file size limit is 100K, so you should be able to manage something larger.

Flora has written some instructions on posting Images to the forums Here

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Old 09-27-2006, 06:59 AM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

Nothing sophisticated here, just the sky, no other alterations.

Selected the blown out area using the magic wand and a tolerance of 20.
Copied to new layer, keeping selection active.
Sampled the water in various areas including what appears to be slightly pink areas and drew rough lines in the selected area. Chose an orange to stroke near the water and a strong yellow to stroke down the hill.
Gaussian blur of 250
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Old 09-27-2006, 07:57 AM
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Re: Need Help Retouching Wife

lots of curves/levels/masks and gradient sky -- your wife is very beautiful and so is the photo.

marsha
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