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Old 05-19-2010, 04:01 PM
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Recovering very blown out highlights??

So, I recently recieved a photo from a client to retouch. I was able to retouch everything just fine, except the piano keys in the corner.. The white is so blown out, it almost seems beyond repair..

Anyway, i wanted to see if anyone had suggestions/tips to fix it, or if i'll just have to go in and manually replace all of the keys.

-Lauren
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:21 PM
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Re: Recovering very blown out highlights??

You could try cloning with Vanishing Point, it takes into account perspective, when set up properly.
This done very quickly (5 min), if more care taken, result would be better.

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Old 05-20-2010, 12:48 AM
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Re: Recovering very blown out highlights??

I think Peter has given you some of the best advise. It looks like more than blown out whites.... like there is some damage to the image data in that area... almost like done in post.

Anyway, my only other suggestion is.... do some of Peters suggestions in LAB mode. There is good data in a & b channels which could be cloned over the bad easily. L channel same story. But, to avoid wasting time, if you're more comfortable in RGB, stay there.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:26 PM
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Re: Recovering very blown out highlights??

How about just using another pic (maybe stock photos) of a similar perspective angle of those piano keys and blend them in? Considering the simplicity of the blown out high's details, it should be straight forward enough I think.
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