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Old 02-13-2010, 11:57 AM
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Trouble with Color / Brightness of Retouch

For some reason I feel my images lately that I have edited haven't had the pop I am looking for... They are "murky" and not as bright as they should be. I am not sure if its just me or if someone else can tell me. "Hey your doing this wrong!"

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Old 02-13-2010, 12:29 PM
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Re: Trouble with Color / Brightness of Retouch

I guess the main problem is not that the image is too dark, but that it's too bright overall, it just lacks contrast.
Personally I would add a curves adjustment layer, darken the quarter tones a little and bring the mid tones back to a normal level.

Oh and maybe you want to set the curves' mode to "Luminosity".
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:41 PM
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Re: Trouble with Color / Brightness of Retouch

All the things that you are missing on this photo are hidden in your RAW, and if you don't use them, then what's the point in shooting RAW (you do shoot raw, right?). Ok, next time you start retouching dark hair over dark background, make a conversion for each part of the image. Looks to me that if you d&b the hair to boost the speculars, it'll pop. But first you need information there, and you won't get it from a single conversion exposed for the skin.

I also recommend using capture one, as it beats any other converter in regards to skin tones.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:11 PM
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Re: Trouble with Color / Brightness of Retouch

Yes I am shooting raw. I used LR to process the image. I added the curves to this edit suggested by Der_W. Thanks for the advice it gets hard to realize what I need to fix after staring at a image for along time. Here is the original file opened up with PhaseOne.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:26 PM
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Re: Trouble with Color / Brightness of Retouch

The hair, the hair, it really needs separation from the BG.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:59 PM
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Re: Trouble with Color / Brightness of Retouch

I think this might work I should of just put another light behind her to separate instead of doing it in photoshop...
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