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How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high key.

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Old 03-26-2008, 12:32 PM
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How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high key.

Hello together,

my first post in this forum is related to an image I found in the web. I really like the effect of this image and wonder how to mimic it. I thought its only something like bleach bypass, but it seems to be more than that... I'm especially interested in the editing of the background, you can imagine the sky was bright blue and the grass on the dunes was green.

Here's the image (unfortunately its a flash album, so no direct link possible). Same effect on the second image, the halo around the person suggests some selective editing of the background...

Thanks for all suggestions.

Ben
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:13 PM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

Looks like a major sharpening halo on the second one.
It's prob just high pass sharpening or USM at quite large/high settings.
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:35 PM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

it looks like bleach bypass probably with some selective masking. perhaps some density changes of the sky.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:33 AM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

Duplicate your layer and put it in overlay mode.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:34 AM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

Hello,

thanks for the replies so far. The halo is probably really from USM or adding "clarity". But with the duplicated layer in overlay I never manage to get this high key effect without loosing a lot of details (same true for channel mixer overlay in grey mode). But if you look e.g. at the water, the details and shading are nicely preserved, but the color is changed... I don't get it
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:20 AM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

Let see if this helps. As Cainam said, duplicate your layer and put it in overlay mode, it is a good starting point. But I would also add some adjustments layers.
I did a quick tutorial so you see what I mean. I hope it will be useful.

p.s.: Sorry but my Photoshop has all the windows text in Spanish. Anyways they are the same windows and have the same distribution that the ones in English. If you have any question, just let me know.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:24 AM
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Hi Ben

In Photoshop..
It might be an adjustment layer, called hue and saturation.
just pick the color you want to desaturate and pull down on the slider.

Halo could be bad masking before gaussian blur or curvelayer.

BR Orisinal
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:40 PM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

Thanks Rhasval, I never thought about the possibilty to use the Black&White dialog instead of the channel mixer. I will have to play around with that a bit. In your (great!) tutorial you set all layers on overlay? And what does this little arrow say on the B&W layer?

Thanks a lot, Ben
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:22 AM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

You're welcome Ben.
Nope, there are just two layers on overlay.

Sorry, I did the tutorial too fast and I forgot to say that it's another layer on overlay. Here is a new version.

About the B&W adjustment layer, for me, is one of the great new features in CS3. It let you control all colours in the image separately in a very easy way. A great trick and something to experiment a little bit is a B&W adjustment layer on luminosity, above a colour image. Try it.

The little arrow on the B&W layer is call clipping mask and it minds that this layer use the layer below as mask and only affects to that layer is pointing. One way to add a clipping mask is holding down the Alt key (Win) or Opt key (Mac) and move the cursor to the line inbetween the clipping mask layer and the one below. As soon as you move the cursor on the line, the cursor will change showing two circles. Then click and the little arrow will show up.

Did you get it?
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:12 AM
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Re: How do I get this effect? Sort of pseudo high

I'm not a waged agent about it, but assigning the rgb colorspace with the linear gamma in photoshop, solves the most of this looking.

attachment:
assign rgb profile with g=1
convert to adobe rgb 1998
assign rgb profile with g=1
convert to adobe rgb 1998
duplkicate backgnd blending mode: multiply
blend if this layer gray not white (soft transition 60/200)
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