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Old 01-21-2009, 05:22 AM
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Soft/Diffused highlights

I'm missing my softar look from film days, trying to recreate the soft diffused highlight rather than a usual guassian blur effect. Try as I may I cannot get what I want, so decided to track down an image that shows what I'm after and ask the experts here.

The intro images show what I'm after particularly the girl’s dress where the highlights spread and diffuse.

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Old 01-21-2009, 06:20 AM
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

Duplicate layer - Blur - Set the blending mode to screen (do it several times if u want it stronger or add another blured-desat layer set to overlay on top and lower opacity if u want it more contrasted)

Then make a grup of these layers, mask to hide and paint the mask with white where u want the effect.

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Old 01-21-2009, 06:29 AM
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

Thank you Godmother I'll give that method a try.

This is the images I shoot, I want to keep it real keeping the detail with just a touch of diffusion.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:53 AM
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

Hi. Here's one I quickly did using an Eddie Tapp action to replicate the Monte Zucker soft filter. Similar to a softar.

There's also his Dream Glow technique here. http://www.eddietapp.com/e_techniques.html
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:43 AM
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

A simple method with good results is to open the image in AdobeCamera Raw
in Photoshop CS3 or CS4 and slide the Clarity slider toward the negative side
(left) until you get the desired effect. Then drop the softened version on top of the the original and add a layer mask and paint in the unsoftened eye, mouth, and edge of the nose and flatten.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:45 PM
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

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Hi. Here's one I quickly did using an Eddie Tapp action to replicate the Monte Zucker soft filter. Similar to a softar.

There's also his Dream Glow technique here. http://www.eddietapp.com/e_techniques.html
Thanks John I did the technique and built an action that gives as much flexibility in tweaking the final effect, it's looking pretty good straight off.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:48 PM
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

Thanks Wolfman, I used this technique from Lightroom a few times but will explore it further, maybe a call for the smart object way of working.
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

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Hi. Here's one I quickly did using an Eddie Tapp action to replicate the Monte Zucker soft filter. Similar to a softar.

There's also his Dream Glow technique here. http://www.eddietapp.com/e_techniques.html
Thank you for the link i too have made the action and will no doubt use it

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Old 01-22-2009, 08:06 PM
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Re: Soft/Diffused highlights

I have a free .PDF tutorial that explains how to add diffused highlights.

http://www.thelightsright.com/GivingYourPhotosAGlow

I also have a free Photoshop action set for adding various diffuse glow effects.

http://www.thelightsright.com/tlrdiffuseglows

Cheers,

Mitch
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:09 AM
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Thanks Mitch I really appreciate your offer but your server appears to be off line I'll try again later.
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