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Old 04-30-2010, 03:43 PM
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Question putting tone or dot pattern in a white sky

I've got a couple of images that have white skies - 255/255/255 (or 0/0/0/0 in CMYK).
I want to keep them "white", but have some dot pattern or tone in them.
Output is inkjet prints for portfolio use (Epson 3800 on Moab Entrada bright) and website.
In both the portfolio prints and the website, background will be white and I am not putting on a border around the image, so there does need to be differentiation in tone.

I saw - and thought I made a note of - a recent article (not here) on doing this (I think it was something like like a dot pattern technique), but now I need it, of course I can't find it!

Any ideas or if anyone knows of the article I'm thinking off, a link would be great.

Many thanks!

nick
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:18 PM
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Re: putting tone or dot pattern in a white sky

Nick, is it possible the dot pattern added was actually noise? If so, the in PS do Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:28 PM
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Re: putting tone or dot pattern in a white sky

I don't think so.... I do seem to remember the technique being from the pre-press side of things, which is what's making me think of dot gain/tone/pattern.
I'll give the noise a shot though. That may work. Just putting down a layer with the levels pulled to 248 looks like hell obviously. Normally I'm able to pull something from the RAW file to give some texture to the sky, but nothing in this case.
Anyone else?
By the way, quite naturalistic post pro on this shot - style is more towards Kodak Portra prints - so the "fix" needs to be real, not overprocessed.

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Old 04-30-2010, 07:35 PM
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Re: putting tone or dot pattern in a white sky

Found it (I've got too many books/reprints/bookmarks etc)!!
It's in Gry Garness's retouching e-book (which is excellent). She calls it "Minimum Dot" and it does involve making a layer with just a hint of tone then adding noise and blending as Darken, so you were definitely on the right path Murray.

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