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Old 02-13-2009, 02:31 PM
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hi pls. tell me how can i retouch this ring into the second ring. thanks.
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:59 PM
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Re: need help

Duplicate the Background layer twice.

Run a curves on the first copy and set the white eyedropper for a specular highlight in the ring.

Desaturate the top layer, set the blend mode to Color Burn and adjust the opacity to taste.
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Old 02-13-2009, 04:16 PM
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Re: need help

Thank you. But how can i make the bottom clean?
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Old 02-13-2009, 04:37 PM
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Bottom of what? Do you mean the white background under the ring?
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:05 PM
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Re: need help

By using more exposure, but if you don't want to blown out something then use level/curve adjustments in photoshop.
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:07 PM
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yes, the white bakcground under the ring. thanks
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:16 PM
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My attempt

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3281/smplrkc2.jpg
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:39 PM
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Old 02-13-2009, 07:29 PM
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Re: need help

Tareq, you did a great job on that ring.. Outstanding!

Luvmeeh, I am starting not to Luv you.. when you ask how to clean up the bottom under the ring it leads me to question if you are even trying.. An erasure would work just fine to get rid of the dark areas.. Painting with white would work also.. and those are the first tools anyone learns to use

I don't know how much you can do using elements 2 and the Canon G10 should have good glass... but may not be good enough for fine jewelry photography..
Jewelry is all about great glass, manual focus, and F64 or F90
Photographing Jewelry is also about learning proper diffused lighting, and learning where to place black, white, silver, gold reflectors in conjunction with some LEDs for the jewelry to sparkle, shine and look good... Lots of trial and error on each piece.. study all the reflections in camera before pressing the shutter.. if you can shoot tethered.. all the better to be able to see a large image of what you are shooting because you will have to compensate for the digital cameras inherent way of making jewelry look flat and lusterless... In my opinion.. film is still the best for jewelry... sharp, crisp, beautiful colors

Don't just put it in a tent, shoot, then have to do a whole lot of post processing (Photoshopping) or come here and ask, "How can I fix this?"...

Shooting it right the first time saves a lot of work later...

This site (jewelryphotography.com) might help you with the photography.
(Click Here) for the retouching page
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:37 PM
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Amen to that.
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