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Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouching?

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Old 06-05-2010, 11:20 PM
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Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouching?

Hi there,

I often look at interior magazines and notice that some photographers are getting a really nice blown out and bleached effect in the windows, knocking back the information and retaining the viewers gaze on the inside rather than outside. It also helps when the view outside is not attractive to look at or if the windows appear dirty.

I have been using white layers on either overlay or normal (at a lower opacity) and lifting curve selections but I am not getting the effect that I am trying to replicate.I want to see just a little information but otherwise fairly blown and white. Does anyone have any techniques that they are willing to share that may help me achieve the look I am searching for?

Many thanks

Thomass
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:03 AM
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Re: Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouchin

Hi Thomas,

something like this?
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:54 AM
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Re: Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouchin

Make selection of the window area and play with a curves layer to boost the brightness would be my simple way of starting it.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:33 PM
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Re: Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouchin

Yes Flora, thats exactly the look im after. It has taken all the weight out of the shadows bringing them closer in comparision to the highlights while retaining a little info. I would be grateful to know your technique
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:46 AM
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Re: Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouchin

Hi,

Thomass, here is what I did:
  • created a blank layer on top of the background,
  • With the new blank layer active I loosely selected and strongly feathered (30-40 pixels) the selections around the glass parts of the windows (including a bit of the edges of the curtains)
  • Filled the selections with white and decreased the opacity of the layer until I was happy with the result.
... and that's all.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:26 AM
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Re: Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouchin

Thank you.

A quick, simple and effective method that doesn't require going through a tutorial or having 18 layers. (There's a lot of that going around).

Bless you Flora.
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:07 PM
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Re: Howdo I bleach windows in interior retouchin

SilvaFox,
thank you so much for your feedback and kindness!!
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