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Old 04-16-2009, 02:06 PM
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Toning down water ripples

Need more advice. I tried to tone down the water ripples using soft mode and 50% grey, but all it does is make the ripples more grey with a blue tint. Is there any way to retain a bit of the water's color in the ripples?
The first image is my so-far finished attempt, and the second is a piece of the untouched raw file.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:28 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

i dont really have a solution to get the right color when you are burning on a 50% grey layer apart from paint with a color apart from black normally helps.
My solution would be to clone out the ripples then adjust the opacity of the layer to let has much or little show acording to taste.

i have done part of your picture to give you the idea
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:17 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

Hmmm, I had a couple ideas, thought it would be easy with shadow highlight or patch tool on a luminocity layer. Not so. I'll get back to you on this.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:14 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

OK this is what I came up with. If you use the red channel and just hit the "load channel as selection button you get a great selection" of what you want to dim. Make that a mask and then with the mask selected bring the levels command up and bring down the darks and bring up the lights till you get a good mask. (sorry if you know about channel masking already) At this point you can play with the blend modes, I found that exclusion on a low 13% opacity did a nifty job with little or no color shift.. hope this helps.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:33 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

I just tried the shadows/highlights on a second layer with a black mask and painted in the ripples. The layer was set to luminosity to keep the color.
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:45 AM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

I copied the layer, used Image>Adjustments>Replace Color.
The settings after clicking on the highlights were :
Fuzziness 93 Hue -67 Saturation +10 Lightness -54

Masked the layer and painted the bird black
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:58 AM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

Thanks for all the suggestions. They all work of course, but I pretty much settled on holgaman's shadow/highlights and mask and luminosity mode. It seemded to fit my skill level best. I also sampled a color and applied that to the whitest ripples although sparingly.

Crazyfly1, your method intrigues me with the red channel selection, but You lost me at making a mask and then bringing up levels. I tried a number of ways but couldn't make levels respond after making a layer mask.
Could you enlighten me on this procedure?
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:16 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

Crazyfly,
I love your solution, much less fussy than mine. The exclusion blending is something that never occurred to me, very cool. I know about making selections from channels, but for some reason don't think about trying that route first. Thanks, man.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:55 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

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[...] the second is a piece of the untouched raw file.
Huh? "Untouched RAW file"?
All I see is a 96KB, 800x533 pixel, medium compressed (1:17) JPG file...
Hardly a RAW file.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:22 PM
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Re: Toning down water ripples

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the second is a piece of the untouched raw file.
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Huh? "Untouched RAW file"?
All I see is a 96KB, 800x533 pixel, medium compressed (1:17) JPG file...
Hardly a RAW file.
LOLO @ W.Smith... May not be A raw file but Prob is a piece of one
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