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Old 04-17-2009, 11:46 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

holgaman and gladesman, thank you for your interest and comments. gladesman, we are just creating a luminence mask (and I'm lousy at tutorials so bare with me).
I'm in CS3, everything will be basically the same with slight variations in the diferent editions of photoshop.
From the top; create a new layer and make sure the new layer is active. Now in the channels pallet click on the red channel so only it is active and selected. Now click the "load channel as selection" icon at the bottem of the channels pallet (image 1).
Now click the rgb channel to make all channels active and go back to the layers pallet. Click on the add layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers pallet. Now you should have a mask on the background layer you created.
K, I think this is where we pick up at. Alt click on the layer mask, now you are working on just the mask. "image", "adjustments", "levels" brings up a levels comand that will only effect your mask. Now just bring in your sliders to close the contrast on your mask, lightening the shiny ripples a bit and darkening the rest, apply (second image). You can do about anything to your mask from here, if you need to select the bird and fill with black or if you want to get real detailed and burn down specific areas and dodge others.
Now just click on the background layer and change the blend mode to difference (or multiply, or exclusion, whaterver works for you) and lower the opacity to get the look you want. If you need to you can always go in and make adjustments to your mask. You can also try all the other great suggestions for taking down the shine like applying the shadow highlight filter.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:20 AM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

Originally Posted by 0lBaldy View Post
LOLO @ W.Smith... May not be A raw file but Prob is a piece of one
Yup, a piece of a RAW file maybe, who knows, but de facto as a JPG file...

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Old 04-18-2009, 10:12 AM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

This was an easy to follow tutorial, one of the posts that make this site great.
Really like Exclusion mode for this. I didn't realize it would leave the rest of the image alone like it does. Thanks.
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