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Old 04-08-2010, 01:48 AM
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why isn't water really blue…

I am racking my brains as how to make the ocean here more colourful (for my lovely client). Overcast sky + shallow sandy beach not withstanding I need to make this much more punchy. Any ideas? I have no problems with the sky (RAW and a blue photo filter and/or come curves in LAB all make it more dramatic) but the muddy water is proving a nightmare…
Chanel mixing??
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:12 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Just a quick attempt,
For the sea I used a curve AL to lighten & colour & mask simply from Colour Range
For the sky you can always comp a stock image & use blending modes & masking again
& for overall colour & contrast 2 more AL as seen in the layers pic

Of course you can take things further or refine to your taste....

Cheers M
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:19 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Indeed. I've been trying a colour balance with a selection of the mid-tones which seems to be getting closer. As for comping a new sky I am tempted! The forecast tomorrow looks perfect for it
Still looking a little flat but getting there.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:36 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

think I've got it sorted. Def the midtone selection and a colour balance or two. bit of curves to add definition and a solid colour layer masked so only the back bit of the water was affected, just a touch though. personally I think the sky is too much especially at the horizon, perhaps I'll give it another go in the morning.
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:47 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Hi,

It depends of what kind of blue u want. If a more blue sea or a blue ocean.
I made some quick test with:

Selective color layer + hue / stauration layer in the way to saturate a little bit the selective color layer + hue saturation layer with color check on giving the sea an exact color I want, than lowering a little bit the opacity + final selective color.

U can see this final layer opened. Here u can drag the Cyan slider in the way to obtain the exact blu u want, more natural or more tropical...and so on.

P.s. Sorry for the bad quick mask...but it's quick... :-)

Have a nice day,
Martin
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:09 AM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

I don't think there is any need to make this too complicated. If you add a Selective Color Adj Layer, select the Neutrals Channel, check the Absolute button, you can do anything you like with the color. Moving the Cyan slider will drive the color toward green/blue like Pacific Ocean water. In combination with the Cyan slider, moving the Yellow slider to the left will make the color more traditional blue. You can then use the Quick Select tool (companion to the Magic Wand in CS4) to do a 1 minute selection of the water and activating the layer mask just fill the rest of the image with black.
As with everything else in PS there are a dozen ways to so the same thing.
Regards, Murray
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:07 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

Also, if your original is in RAW, convert it a couple times with each element in mind. Saturate and push the blues in one version, give more contrast in the sky in another, and do a nice punchy version of the guy and then just blend it all back together. with layer masks.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:50 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

nope madclark, the image was an average jpg. but sometimes quick adjustments in CameraRaw save me a bunch of time in PS. I don't think I've tried mistermonday or isedo's method so far, you're right there are a million ways to do this. thanks!
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:55 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

I had a play with a couple Selective Color Adjustment layers Like Murray (mistermonday) suggested
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:22 PM
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Re: why isn't water really blue…

For quick results through a solid color fill on, with a blend mode, say soft light and then adjust the opacity to tweak it. I think this would be one of the easiest ways to do this.
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