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Old 12-15-2008, 10:05 AM
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How to achieve these colors

Hi,

Could someone please take a look at the following link and suggest how to achieve these type of colors? These do not look ordinary sepia colors to me and was wondering what technique might be in used here.

Thanks.

http://www.novosartov.com/misli
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:38 PM
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Re: How to achieve these colors

Basily this color is very complicated...its not just one color.

Starts out by desaturating

Then, in curves adusted to be sepia of your choice as stated below, using blend if to protect the white areas. Set layer to Color blening mode

Next, its desaturated with hue sat to look old and faded, using blend if to protect the white areas

Lastly, exposure adjustment to detail.
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If your trying to recreate this look, Its more then a color. There is damage, cracks etc.

Hope this helps,
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:23 PM
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Re: How to achieve these colors

Thank you Kevin for your reply.

I have tried various techniques but for some reason I have not been able to generate colors.

For example, if you look at the images below, nothing about them shows they are old or trying to show old. They have excellent, smooth skin tones and all colors just blend right in to generate a complete atmosphere.

http://www.novosartov.com/misli/phot...OVxIR8iHAgq43w

http://www.novosartov.com/misli/phot...dkK7piRS24Du2A

I have tried various blending modes, hue/sat layers, played with level and curves etc and I can get nice sepia but nothing like these colors.

Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:54 PM
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Re: How to achieve these colors

You might try a duotone.

Convert to Grayscale Then Mode>Duotone. Mine is a three color tri tone below

Select black and 2 sepia tones to taste.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:12 PM
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Re: How to achieve these colors

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For this image it is the same process as stated above except this one was not desaturated to begin with.

She tends to use the same method of sepia and hue sat desat reduction. She just changes the blend if settings and the sat reduction.

Curves:
Red: Output: 26 <> Input: 0 , Output: 252 <> Input: 255
Green: Output: 13 <> Input: 0 , Output: 246 <> Input: 254
Blue: Output: 0 <> Input: 0 , Output: 233 <> Input: 255

Apply the opposite of these setting and you will see the original picture with out the sepia (ex. Red: Output: 0 <> Input: 26).

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This one is same sepia and method. But its desaturated to start with like my original explination. In this case it only the subject, the background had a brown color.

Its all the same, she probably has an action and the tweeks it to taste.

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But in all reality, you wont get results like this without pictures that good to start with. The sepia is simple, the picture is the harder part.

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Old 12-15-2008, 05:40 PM
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Re: How to achieve these colors

Their skin is icky.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:58 PM
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nothing about them shows they are old or trying to show old. They have excellent, smooth skin tones and all colors just blend right in to generate a complete atmosphere.
The skin looks like degrunge. The hair is blured. and everything elce is sharpened. Colors are selectivly punched in the color versions and whites are left mostly white in the black and white. Then finish it off the some D&B for evening out the shadows.

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Old 12-16-2008, 03:03 AM
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Re: How to achieve these colors

Thanks everyone, I will give it a shot and see how it goes.
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