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Old 08-05-2010, 05:55 AM
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Photo of venice needs a retouch

Hi everybody.
I took this photo 2 years ago in Venice with a Canon Digital IXUS 40.

http://i38.tinypic.com/2lu5qgn.jpg


I know that something is missing in this picture but i can't figure out what is it, I've tried hard to correct this image with photoshop but things don't work for me.
So i post it here hopping that someone better than me can find a solution, I took almost 200 pictures, they all have almost the same thing.
Please help with this one.
Think you.

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Old 08-05-2010, 07:25 AM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

It appears that there was a greasy smudge or fog on your lens

this photo would benefit from a black point and increased clarity
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:53 AM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

Hiya najem82

Welcome to the party :-)

Had to have a quickie with this, all I've done is straightened up the building with perspective (had to get a trade off with the flag pole) then set "black point", as Nasturtium said, in the front door, set the "white point" as the womans hat in the foreground. Then lightened up the dark arches with a "curves layer" and filled the mask with black to hide it, then painted over with a large soft white brush to reveal, a slight selective colour layer to lighten up the sky to fit with the rest of the image, merged all together and sharpened with high pass, and that's it.

Hope this helps a little.....nice pic by the way, and if your other pics are like this, I think all they need is a "black point" and "white point" setting to add some contrast, and maybe a little sharpening. Just my thoughts.

John
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:40 AM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

Just for funzies, dupe the entire image, (i.e. make a new layer) set it to "soft light". Looks good, eh?
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:13 AM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

Here is my attempt to it..
-- Removed the red pole in the front,
-- removed some camera distortion,
-- made both sides look even and
-- removed the edge of the building from the top left.


Jason
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:44 PM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

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Here is my attempt to it..
-- Removed the red pole in the front,
-- removed some camera distortion,
-- made both sides look even and
-- removed the edge of the building from the top left.


Jason
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:32 PM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

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Hi everybody.
I took this photo 2 years ago in Venice with a Canon Digital IXUS 40.

http://i38.tinypic.com/2lu5qgn.jpg


I know that something is missing in this picture but i can't figure out what is it, I've tried hard to correct this image with Photoshop but thinks doesn't work for me.
So i post it here hopping that someone better than me can find a solution, I took almost 200 pictures, they all have almost the same thing.
Please help with this one.
Thank you.
Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, take part in some of the discussions, challenges, etc., have fun!

It sounds as if you might be in search of some basic Photoshop help..

The Basics in our Tutorial section should solve most of the problems you are having with these photos.
The other categories in the Tutorial section (Retouching Tutorials, Restoration Tutorials, Manipulation Tutorials, Photo-Art Tutorials) are also chock full of ideas and ways to do different things and techniques for your photos

You say you have a couple hundred pictures with same problems... then searching on how to make/implement/use actions might be beneficial.. Here is a quick summary for Actions: Actions can be the key to efficiency - create key commands for any repeated steps, and customizable shortcuts using actions. Actions can be a huge time saver..

Following is a simplistic way to record an Action:
Window>Actions
At the bottom of the Action Menu... Press the third icon from right (looks like a folder) 'Create New Set' ....Name your set .. Press OK
Press second Icon from right (Square w/square in lower corner)... name your action... make sure it is in the set you just made.... press 'Record'
Go to your Image and do the things you want to record..... when finished with your adjustments/recording... go to the Actions menu and press the first button on the LEFT (blank square) 'Stop Playing/Recording'

Your action is now recorded in Photoshop for playing later on another image or in a Batch process, it will be there the next time you open Photoshop but NOT saved in case you move Photoshop to another computer or want to use the action in another program.
To SAVE your Action(s).... select the SET you want to save.... at the TOP of the Action Menu there is a small Icon on the Right Side,... click it and there will be a pop out menu with all the actions and other menu items... select 'Save Actions'.... Re-name if you want to, (or not)..... Click 'Save'. It is now available for sharing, moving, or whatever..

When doing the same things to hundreds of pictures use the File>Automate>Batch process then your specialized action(s)

I had a play with your picture also...

Did some 'Global' adjustments... brightened the shadows , darkened the pavement and sky a bit, tried to make things vertical, curves adjustments, level adjustment, sharpened.

Good luck on your project.... looks like you are going to get lots of 'Practice Cubed'!
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:18 PM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

Think you guys for the advices, they are very interesting.
The "Soft Light" thing is magic, the white and black point technique is incredible. And a little sharpening added a new life to the image.

I did the flowing steps:
- Duplicate the image and set it to "Multiply"
- Sharpening the second image through the Multiply red channel
- Adjust "Levels" by using Black and white points

I got a wonderful result.
See the pic here : http://i33.tinypic.com/1086a03.jpg

So think you again for the help.
And you can show me better way if you want I'm just a beginner.
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:50 PM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

One more thing Guys.
Did you notice that the white color is often encircled by a unwanted blue color? (look at the sample pic).
How can i get rid of the this blue color?
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:08 PM
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Re: Photo of venice needs a retouch

Well all I did was copy the layer and use multiply as the blending mode.
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