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Old 05-13-2009, 03:01 PM
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Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Hi, what are some techniques for lightening up my attached photo?

When I lighten it up, the skin gets messed up and its too contrasted, so how can I lighten the background up some plus lighten up the model without it affecting the background or becoming too exposed looking?

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Old 05-13-2009, 03:42 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Not really sure what you're looking for but try this to see if it puts you in the ballpark.

Duplicate background layer and set blending mode of new layer to "screen".

If that makes it too bright adjust opacity of layer down. If it's not bright enough duplicate the duplicate layer (so you have two layers set to screen) then adjust the opacity of one to taste.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:11 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

You don't have to EVER duplicate pixels. Just take a blank curve, or any other adjustment layer, and apply Screen mode. Or better, use what I call a Screen curve (a very specific raise curve), using normal blend. These three methods will produce precisely the same result. Duplicating pixels is always a stupid approach because it balloons file size unecessarily, you got two identical layers in your document.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:15 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Shadow/Highlight filter does not a bad job
I think this is what your asking for, though it's hard to change things without affecting things.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:16 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

If you have Photoshop, just apply the Shadow/Highlight command. The attachment is at the default setting but you have considerable control to move the shadows and the highlights in either direction.
Regards, Murray
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:21 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Levels on face and hair (lightened model, masked dress to keep it the same)
Hue/Sat layer lowered yellow and red on everything except dress
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:24 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

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You don't have to EVER duplicate pixels. Just take a blank curve, or any other adjustment layer, and apply Screen mode. Or better, use what I call a Screen curve (a very specific raise curve), using normal blend. These three methods will produce precisely the same result. Duplicating pixels is always a stupid approach because it balloons file size unecessarily, you got two identical layers in your document.
Agreed. I just thought an empty adjustment layer and/or curves would be more confusing for a beginner.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:34 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Fair enough
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:17 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

Brightness/contrast (lighten blending mode)
selective color - yellows (4,16,-17,13)

I liked what Olbaldy did, with the color, so i did the same in a diffrent way. Great model.

hope it helps,
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:07 PM
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Re: Techniques for Lightening up this photo

I want the background to be sort of bright like mistermonday.....

but Thanks you all, I am going to try a mixture of these techniques to see what I can come up with now...
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