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how was this done?

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Old 10-23-2008, 03:29 PM
julianmarsalis julianmarsalis is offline
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Re: how was this done?

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I've just happened to try the same retouching style as you are looking for. Well for me at least it looks like the same
here is the crop from the photo. Let me know if you want me to share the workflow.
The photo is not the best example for such retouch but I was just trying if it's working

Looks awesome please share your workflow!!!!!
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Old 10-23-2008, 04:00 PM
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Re: how was this done?

1. Choose the right photo. Because my photo is the worst for this kind of retouching))) It great works for old people or any pictures where you can get as much details as you can get.
2. Make all basic adjustments for picture like removing color casts, cloning out some unwanted details etc.
3. Image-Adjustment-Black and White-Maximum black
4.High Pass to bring out details
5.Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur to create soft glow. Blending Mode - Overlay
6.New Adjustment Layer-Gradient Map. Select black-and-white gradient. Make adjustments to gradient if needed
7. Group the layers, copy background layer and place it on the top of the group.
8.Doing the same for the whites. Image-Adjustments-Black and White-Maximum White
9. High Pass (I put the same value as for blacks)
10. Blur (see step #5)
11. Gradient map - double click on gradient and make adjustment to bring out "light parts" of the photo
12. Group all "whites" layers, add black mask and with white soft brush reveal which needs to be lightened up
that's pretty much it
would love if you show your results
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:29 AM
bgouler bgouler is offline
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Question Re: how was this done?

I have attached my examples of before and after. Not sure if it is correct.

Is it basically convert original photo to B&W using Max Black then Converting the original using Max White. Then using a hide all mask and painting in to reveal dark/light areas?

Thanks for looking

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Old 10-26-2008, 04:13 AM
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Re: how was this done?

what about high pass and blur? doesn't look like you applied those filters
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:29 AM
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Re: how was this done?

Do you apply them on separate layers? Or is just the gradient adjustment a different layer?


are steps 3, 4 and 5 of your workflow on separate layers? Do you create a background copy, then do blur?

I guess I cannot follow your workflow. Can you post your layers etc?

Thanks for your help Skauskas

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Old 10-26-2008, 12:33 PM
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Re: how was this done?

yes. everything on separate layers.
here is the layers palette
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:27 PM
julianmarsalis julianmarsalis is offline
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Re: how was this done?

On the high-pass and G-blur layers are those just select all copy merged and then add the filters on to those newly created layers?
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Old 10-26-2008, 02:03 PM
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Re: how was this done?

I decided to add little bit info to my workflow. May be I missed something

1. Choose the right photo. Because my photo is the worst for this kind of retouching))) It great works for old people or any pictures where you can get as much details as you can get.
2. Make all basic adjustments for picture like removing color casts, cloning out some unwanted details etc.
3. Image-Adjustment-Black and White-Maximum black
4.Copy the layer - High Pass to bring out details (the radius should be to an amount to bring out the most details) - blinding mode to overlay
5.Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur to create soft glow. Blending Mode -still Overlay
6.New Adjustment Layer (in the bottom of layer palette)-Gradient Map. Select black-and-white gradient. Make adjustments to gradient if needed
7. Group the layers, copy background layer and place it on the top of the group.
8.Doing the same for the whites (on our copied layer from background). Image - Adjustments -Black and White-Maximum White
9. High Pass don't forget to put to Overlay (I put the same value as for blacks)
10. Blur (see step #5) the same value. Overlay blending mode
11. Gradient map. Adjustment layer- Gradient map. select black and white gradient. double click on gradient and make adjustment to bring out "light parts" of the photo meaning to make gradient more white then black. but of course everything depends on the photo
12. Group all "whites" layers, add black mask on the group and with white soft brush reveal which needs to be lightened up

Now I hope should be more clear.

julianmarsalis - you need to group layers not merge them, (Layers-Group Layers)
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:22 PM
BillFrey BillFrey is offline
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Re: how was this done?

Information from the photo tags:

Fernando Delfini's photos were taken with a Canon Rebel 400d and PP'd with Lucisart.

a_Wanderer's photo was taken with the Nikon FM2 using Kodak Tri-X film, F1.8, 50mm.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:24 AM
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Re: how was this done?

The channel mixer can be of good help, changing the output of the separate color channels. Especially in CS3 when the Black and White adjustment layer got rather sophisticated.

Here I used very little of the red channel ( good for making dramatic skies ( cloudless )). And also added somelocal contrasts by dodge and burn.
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Last edited by pellepiano; 11-13-2008 at 03:25 AM. Reason: Adding info
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