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Old 10-24-2006, 08:38 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Hi Cygnus,

Did a very quick and "dirty" job on your photo.

Duplicated image, set new layer to Multiply mode, reduced layer opacity.

New levels adj layer and tweaked a bit.

New layer set to Normal mode, sampled colour from pic and painted over blown areas. Blurred with Gaussian Blur and reduced opacity of layer. Finally added a bit of noise to add texture.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:05 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Welcome to RetouchPRO, cygnus.

Just the sort of challenge I like - difficult but not impossible.
As Tpage pointed out the blue channel has preserved the details. However the problem using the blue channel is that is has too many details! (In fact this is why the blue channel can be used as the base for the Dragan technique)
The trick is to combine the blue channel only where it is really needed, seeing as not all of the other (kinder) channels has been blown out.

Actually the bigger problem here is the lack of colour. I just pretty well gave up on the original colours and painted some new ones.

Another step that folks often forget is that after you have "salvaged" the image you can get a much better result if, starting from there, you now do a "portrait" retouch - this often helps by distracting the attention away from the parts that you have fixed.

Here's my shot.
(about 40 minutes of work)

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Old 10-24-2006, 09:32 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Thank you for your help, everyone. Now, let's see if I'm doing it right. I'm walking on thin ice here!

If I succeed, I hope you will jump all over my retouch efforts. I'm very new and very eager to improve and learn.

Sally
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:34 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Very well done Sally, lovely, personally I'd adjust the levels just a little.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:46 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Hi there

I gave it a go using the blue channel to start. Then adding some color back in

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Old 10-24-2006, 09:49 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Here's a quick try - dupes with multiply mode and lowered opacity. Then painted back on a neutral grey layer only on skin(not sure this did much); then added a layer and painted only skin again with soft light with a flesh tone. Had to do this last step, since as Byro said, not much color left in skin. Levels adjustment.
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:45 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Thank you Cas. I'm very encouraged that you approve!

Yes, compressed so much she came out pasty-faced, didn't she.

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Old 10-24-2006, 11:03 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Maybe this is better?

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Old 10-24-2006, 11:41 AM
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Re: Too Much Flash

Had a spare 15 mins so thought I'd give this a go. equalized a dup layer, did a few blends over 3 layes. Cloned (argg yes) some real bright spots out. burn and dodged to make more natural and a quick colour balance to end it.
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Old 10-24-2006, 12:11 PM
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Re: Too Much Flash

I am overwhelmed with the responses to help me out. Being a photographer I have been using forums since last few years and I have no hesistation in saying that this forum is way ahead of most. I can feel the welcome and the warmth from each poster.

Thank you so much.

Getting to the business. I find Edgework, byRo and johndiablo technique appealing for mainly 2 reasons. Each have been able to maintain the hair color and texture of the original image and their results are more closer to the skin and tones of the model.

I am at a loss as how to go about doing/replicating their technique as I don’t even know some of the phrases used by them.

Hoping someone will show me the direction I should take.

Thanks once again to all.
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