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How to darken a picture!

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Old 05-28-2007, 03:23 PM
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How to darken a picture!

well, this is a tough one! I have this portrait it's light and very nice! BUT, I want to get a more darker feel to it...I have tried burn and adding black to different layers, but it seems to get a bit too fake!

So I'm wondering if any of you nice people on RP is having the knowledge and the "know how" to "show me"...haha...

please help...

here is the picture:

http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/7...tainer1bm5.jpg

And here is the idea on what I really want...

http://photos.photosig.com/photos/51...94ef8f1a8c.jpg
http://photos.photosig.com/photos/81...a2dbe48ee6.jpg


can it be done?

cheers!

Gerry
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:06 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

Try doing a selective color-Relative-Midtones... Slide the black slider to the right.
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:11 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

Thanks...but....
is there any sliders named midtones there or do you mean the colours that lies within the midtones?
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:18 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

The Selective Color dialog defaults to RED... Pop up the menu and choose Midtones (or whatever color you want to darken)
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:19 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

how about this? managed to work out some contrast and adding a vignett effect, then darkening with a dark filter...does this look fake to you? I think it looks realistic...

Gerry
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:24 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

You can pull downward on a Curve adjustment layer or
You can copy the layer and set blending mode to Multiply and set different opacities.
If the dress gets too dark, you can mask part of it out from the effect.
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:38 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

Hi i dont know if this is what you are after.
I used 3 adjustment layers of progressive steep curves then selectivly removed what i did not want each one to effect in the mask. finally removed a little saturation.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:22 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

Is this what you had in mind? If so, let me know and I'll tell ya what I did (more or less).
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:27 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

Did you try to use multiply with a layer mask?
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:30 PM
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Re: How to darken a picture!

Any interest in this version?
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