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The right way to "fashion desaturate"

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Old 01-16-2010, 11:17 AM
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The right way to "fashion desaturate"

Hello!

Well, the topic says most of it.. How to do a good-looking desaturation - without getting the greyish feel that a quick and dirty hue/saturation adjustment layer gets?
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:27 AM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

There are more than a dozen ways to desaturate an image in PS. One very effective tool for what you are trying to accopmlish would be the Black & White Adjustment in PS CS3 and later.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:49 AM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

As mistermonday there are tons of Method, if you want to change Luninosity, oder Kontrast, than RGB is the Colormode you want...if you want to change color Lab hast often more to offer....
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:08 PM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

Duplicate layer, desaturate, change blending mode to multiply. Just one way.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:20 PM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

I like to desaturate and then afterwards add some contrasts by playing with curves.
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:40 PM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

Using a desaturation adjustment for a full color image b&w conversion is probably the worst approach, as it doesn't give you the chance of adjusting the luminosity value that each hue will adopt after conversion. Desaturation should only be used when dealing with one single hue per adjustment.

Still, i don't think this is what the poster meant by fashion desaturate. I think that more than desaturation, he means the skin whitening used in fashion. This can be dealt with in various ways, but a really quick one is turning the red channel into a selection (ctrl click the red channel) and filling it with white on a new layer set to normal. Adjust opacity to taste. No grayness, no deadness... Depending on how far you take it you can go from redhead whiteish skin to even the distinctive geisha white makeup.

If you need step by step instructions, let us know.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:31 PM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

^i would like step by step instructions if you would please.
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:28 AM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

Yeah, instructions please... Is an interesting trick
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:07 AM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

Ok, but know that this will not magically make your photo look good. Retouching takes time and there is no one step fix. This is one of many steps used to make everything look white and less saturated without letting it all look gray. For architectural photography especially, there are many other things that have to be done, and sometimes it will not be the red channel that will provide you with the best selection. You can try this mainly on portraits, as the red channel should be the one that will reveal more of the skin. You can also experiment with other colors and blending modes, and inverting your selection.

Steps for quick whitening an image:
-Create a blank layer where you will be adding white later.
-Open the channels palette.
-Ctrl-click the red channel to load it as a selection (ctrl-alt-3).
-Back to the layers palette and still having the selection, fill the selection with white on the layer created on step one.
-ctrl-d to deselect.
-Adjust opacity of the new layer and consider masking out areas where you don't want the effect applied or it needs fading.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:27 AM
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Re: The right way to "fashion desaturate"

And going back to what some meant by desaturation, here's an example of why an image should never be desaturated for achieving a proper black and white conversion. As you can see, desaturating different pure colors will turn them all the same shade of grey. With a black and white adjustment layer you have control over the value that will adopt each hue.
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