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Help on making adjustments.

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Old 07-27-2008, 12:09 PM
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Help on making adjustments.

Care to share your knowledge on how these photos were achieved through post processing? I don't have the "before" photos because these were from one of my acquaintances in a social networking site. I asked permission from her to upload these photos so I can ask here for help (she doesn't want to reveal her worklow so I came here for help).

Basically, I'm looking at what adjustments do you normally tinker with in order to arrive at this kind of tone.
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:54 PM
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Re: Help on making adjustments.

Go in Lab mode. Desaturate a bit and then adjust the L channel.

Well that's how I would attack that.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:16 PM
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Re: Help on making adjustments.

another way is to add a new layer above the background, blending mode set to color, fill with black and lower the opacity to 25%-50%. You can add a layer mask to restrict the affect to certain areas.

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Old 07-31-2008, 09:58 AM
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Re: Help on making adjustments.

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Go in Lab mode. Desaturate a bit and then adjust the L channel.

Well that's how I would attack that.
Time to study Lab mode. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:05 AM
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Re: Help on making adjustments.

De-saturate and slide the hue to green(ish). Not a desirable effect IMO.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:08 AM
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De-saturate and slide the tint to green(ish). Not a desirable effect IMO.
When you say desaturate...that means using the Hue And Saturation Adjustment Layer?
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:28 AM
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Re: Help on making adjustments.

Yep. If "hue" doesn't do it, an additional curve adjustment will. But de-saturating first will suck the life right out of it.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:21 PM
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Re: Help on making adjustments.

You could also try using a color balance layer to selectively add greenish hues into the shadows, highlights, and midtones, after de-saturating a bit of course. For de-saturating I usually use a channel mixer set to "monochrome" with the layer opacity set to the desired amount. That way you have more control over the type of de-saturation that you get.
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