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Old 05-13-2009, 10:06 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Yep, nice looking young lady.

Shadow/highlight
Adjust exposure/gamma offset
USM 10/50/0
Curves
Hue/sat
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:36 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

nothing wrong with duplicating layers, if you ever want to go back to a previous version you will be able to, retouching on one layer is dangerous unless done properly.

also, you should mask the image, separating it to work different areas with different techniques
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:08 AM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

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nothing wrong with duplicating layers, if you ever want to go back to a previous version you will be able to, retouching on one layer is dangerous unless done properly.

also, you should mask the image, separating it to work different areas with different techniques

I can't speak for markzebra, but since I said I agree with him I'll speak for what I assume he meant. It's best not to create unnecessary bulk to the file. If an adjustment layer alone can do the same thing as a full layer it's best to take the leaner route. In the example I gave, and empty adj layer set to screen is just as effect as a duped layer set to screen, with far less bulk.

Another example is burning and dodging on an a layer set to overlay. The conventional approach is to first fill the layer with 50% gray (which has no effect) and then paint white or black to lighten or darken. But in truth, you don't need to fill with gray to begin with, it just bloats the file unnecessarily. Start with an empty layer and paint your white or black and get the same effect with far fewer pixels.

So in instances when there's no benefit to bloating the file, don't.

But I always leave my background layer untouched and do things like sharpening, cloning, filters, plugins, and other invasive/destructive moves on duped (and typically masked) layers.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:59 AM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Id probably use these adj layers.

Shadow/Highlight.
Curves
Screen reducing opacity or layer mask bringing in some of the lighter areas slowly
Maybe adjusting selective colours.

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Old 05-14-2009, 04:07 AM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

well here is what I came up with and I know I probably need to mess with it a bit more, I need to darken it a lil but this will do for now
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:43 AM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Another method that has yet to be mentioned is simply to add a Black and White adjustment layer set to luminosity mode. Experiment with the individual color sliders (or drag in the image) to see a variety of results.
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:14 PM
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well here is what I came up with
I like that you preserved some detail, in those interesting tresses in her hair.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:08 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Altered the lighting somewhat ....

Cheers!
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