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Old 05-18-2009, 04:12 PM
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Smile How to best do this effect?

Just wondering what is the best way to make a photo taken in bright light (as attached) and change the mood of the photo with darker edges etc (as attached).
I'm not sure if the darker photo was photographed this way or was done by special effects?
I know the vignette helps, but what else?
Maybe there are some plugins or software that help with this effect?

I have a few photos which I would like to do this too.

Any ideas?

Thank you
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:11 PM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

Just open photo add a new layer above photo and fill with black , add a mask filled with white and paint with a black brush...adjust opacity to your liking.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:31 PM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

Yes that works for a vignette, but the lighting and shadow on face will still need work to get the same effect.....is it possible to do with the lighter photo attached?

I know it can be done with photography, setting up lights etc, but is there a quick way if lighting wasn't correct originally?
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:09 PM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

you could try filter/render/lighting effects and then paint in any shadow etc.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:11 PM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

how about duplicating and set its blend to multiply, then copy several times..then decrease the over saturated skintone cause by multiply.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:54 AM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

Hmm, I wanted to say the same thing.
Try to learn how to use your layer options.
Experiment with your layeroptions, to see what they do.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:48 AM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

Hi.
Try with curves (darken the halftones, etc.).
This is what I've got with the curves. Of course the result is far away from being perfect (even good), but I think it shows quite well what can be done using curves.
Hope it helps.
Rgds.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:10 AM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

Yeah, curves (luminosity mode) and a mask.

I did one curve globally and another to shadow his face.

There's some sort of watermark on the image that's tattooing the skin tones.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:51 AM
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Re: How to best do this effect?

a Richard Houtby Dragan Effect action..
History brush @ multiply around the edge
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:47 AM
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Red face Re: How to best do this effect?

I tried to give it a shot. I think that is what you originally you were aiming for.

Copied the Background layer.
Masked out the swimmer
Balanced light with black to transparent gradients
painted black on the parts of the background layer that needed balanced lighting.
Added lighting and shadow to the swimmer to make it balance with the background.
Balanced color on the swimmer.
This is something I tried and I tried hope it helps.
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