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How to remove the shadow from face ?

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Old 07-12-2007, 10:05 PM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

Hi there

With my version I switched to lab then use the lightness channel and curves to lighten the face.

Butch
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:04 AM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

I selected the shadow area with a 15 pixel lasso and used curves to lighten and change color, then "hue" to increase saturation.
Hopefully the set of curves and hue shift are attached! I'm still new at this
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:10 AM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

Had a quick go with this (about 2-3 mins).

Duplicated to new layer, applied levels to this layer, then masked areas I didn't want to lighten. Then I increased the saturation of the new layer and sharpened the layer as well.

Still needs a little hand work to improve around the moustache area, but gets you somewhere close and gives you a starter.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:36 AM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

Did a rough selection of the shadowed part of the face, made it into a mask, gaussian blurred the mask to muddy the edges and then used a curves adjustment followed by a levels adjustment
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:21 AM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

I did a really quick D&B and color tweak, but it seems do-able, if u spend some time on it.
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:14 AM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

curve layer to open shadow up, then some curves in color mode to reintroduce a somewhat matching color of his forehead and neck area.

also removing the shadow that continues onto the wall off his shoulder helps abit.

small pic brings small results!
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:26 AM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

Big thanks to all gurus for your kind help.

Due to size limitations (100kb) I could not attach the big picture of which this face is a part.

Solitear, how much time did you really spent to make it look so? I think yours is more realistic. thank you once again.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:00 PM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

Thank you, Pranavy..... all of the versions submitted were excellent ... my version took about 5 minutes.... it was writing the first set of steps for you that took so long... that's why I felt bad when I 'lost' them and had to give you the short version.

I will re-type them and post them here, shortly.

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Old 07-13-2007, 12:59 PM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

Hi Pranavy…. Here are the steps…. Please don't take offense if I spell them out below your level of expertise….. I remember how grateful I was/am whenever someone, who had the time, would explain things in detail …. so I try to do the same. I will assume; however, that you're working on a copy and not the original photo… 

1. Go to Image > Mode > Lab (Lab is great for color work)

2. Ctrl+J to duplicate the background….. set blend mode to Screen…. Adjust opacity (don't worry about garish colors here just adjust the overall brightness)

3. Go Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and move the middle slider to left to calm the colors down.

4. If you like what you see, flatten by going Layers > Flatten Image (most probably don't flatten as often as I but it's a habit of mine)

5. Now, loosely select the shadows on the face and, when you have the 'marching ants' click the Add Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the layers pallette and choose Curves.

6. Near the middle of the diagonal line, click and lift up to lighten those shadows (it helps if you can see your picture while you're doing this)…. Now go Filters > Blur > Gaussian blur to soften your selection lines……..Again, if you like what you see go Layers > Flatten Image to flatten.

7. At this point, some of the darker shadows were still too dark so I selected them and repeated steps 5 & 6.

8. Now, with your flattened picture, go Image > Mode > RGB

9. I clicked on the Create a New Layer icon on the bottom of the layers pallette and did some cloning to correct the jpg artifacts…. I adjusted the opacity and flattened….. you may not need to do this step on your larger file.

10. Again, with your flattened image, Ctrl+J to duplicate the Background and set the blend mode to Soft Light.

11. Go Filters > Other > Highpass and adjust the sharpness.

12. You can adjust the opacity of this layer then flatten.

13. The final thing I did, even after sharpening, was to lighten some areas on the face because it looked a little 'flat'. I selected the areas that would normally be highlights (the highest 'circle' on the cheeks, the slightly raised areas on the chin and forehead)…. When you've selected these and have the marching ants, do steps 5 - 6 one last time…

Hopefully, I've remembered everything.... if it isn't working then I may have omitted something.... let me know..... Also, the others here may have some really helpful insight and tricks that I'd like to know, too.

Beth
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:21 PM
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Re: How to remove the shadow from face ?

Thanks Beth for taking time to type each and every step for me. I started practicing these. Hope I will be able to retouch the photo to look like what you did, some time soon.

Wishing a great weekend to all...
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