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Old 11-29-2009, 04:26 PM
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Hi everyone,


I'm starting to post more now, so I should probably introduce myself before continuing. My name's Joel and I'm from Ottawa, Canada. I've been teaching myself a lot about retouching over the past year with help from this forum and the inter-web : )...Thank you.

Anyway, I absolutely LOVE this look for photos, but am stumped about how to go about achieving a similar result. Anyone have any insights or links to GOOD tutorials?

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Old 11-29-2009, 04:57 PM
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Generally speaking it all starts with the Photography and Lighting set up. In this case I think it might be a .. Rembrandt portrait lighting setup

There is no substitute for an excellent photograph to start with!
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Old 11-29-2009, 06:41 PM
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Hi there,

Thank you, yes, I'm familiar with Rembrandt lighting and you're right, the lighting is first and foremost.. My question is regarding the photoshop work on the image. The toning / coloring.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:50 PM
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One key characteristic is that the image has low contrast and strong saturation. If you have PS CS4 try Image>Adj> Brightness-Contrast and check the "Legacy" box. If you have earlier versions of PS there is no legacy box and that was the way that command worked anyway.
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:26 PM
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Re: Awesome Edit

I love Jaime's work as well and I've also been looking for tutorials on how to do similar work. I've not found anything definitive yet. The suggestions I've found point to an RGB adjustment via curves and the addition of a fill layer (white/pale yellow) with reduced opacity.

I'm still looking because I love the look. I'll let you know if I find anything.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:57 PM
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Went right to the source, Jaime Ibarra. He gave a quick reply indicating that they're all done by hand. He doesn't provide info for free, but does do phone consultation. I may take him up on it.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:29 PM
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Re: Awesome Edit

It says under the photo the only light was window light from the left
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:56 PM
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Re: Awesome Edit

Seems like you could make your image super dark and contrasty with lots of rich blacks, then add a curve adjustment layer on top and bring the bottom (darks) handle up from the corner up the side, so that the blacks get a bit washed out.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:39 AM
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Re: Awesome Edit

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Seems like you could make your image super dark and contrasty with lots of rich blacks, then add a curve adjustment layer on top and bring the bottom (darks) handle up from the corner up the side, so that the blacks get a bit washed out.
I do quite the same as that but using levels.
Reverse-engineering seems to work here, copy_paste the image in ps, add a levels adjustment, push the black input slider until you get the right contrast (eg: 31) now push the black output slider to the same value.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:07 PM
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Generally speaking it all starts with the Photography and Lighting set up. In this case I think it might be a .. Rembrandt portrait lighting setup

There is no substitute for an excellent photograph to start with!
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This one goes back a few years, actually...about the same time when I started noticing more of a "style" in my work. Or at least the beginnings of what would later become that, anyway...

The only "lighting" in this image is window light from the left of the frame.


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