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Old 08-15-2010, 09:01 AM
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Need little help from my PS-friends :)

I've been working on the effect for long days but haven't succeed...

The is the sample wedding photo I've been working on.

I like the skin tone, colors of this image. Please help me or give me a piece of advice
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:21 AM
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Re: Need little help from my PS-friends :)

petrusbr-
I'm not sure what "effect" you're looking for, but what I immediately see is the man's head is way too red, and the highlights don't have enough detail. The whole image feels thin and washed out, but perhaps that's what you're after. Also, the fly away hair on the top of her head is distracting.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:26 AM
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Re: Need little help from my PS-friends :)

Possibly a vignette.

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Old 08-15-2010, 09:45 AM
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The whole image feels thin and washed out, but perhaps that's what you're after. Also, the fly away hair on the top of her head is distracting.
hi twopoint0, yes that's what I mean. I don't know how to get this from my PS. I've tried f.e. saturation with red chanel mask, some chanel mixer, but I don't get it...
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:27 PM
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Re: Need little help from my PS-friends :)

To fix the "red" head you need to do local color correction.

Lasso the mans head fairly close to the contour. Feather the selection about 60px. The feather is done after the lasso: ie the lasso has a feather of 0 and then a feather is applied. This way you can use quick mask to check how the feather looks. The amount of feather is is variable: you have to experiment to find amounts that work for that situation. Usually it is a fairly large amount because you want soft edges.

Create a curves adjustment layer with the selection active: this creates a mask which limits the curves result to the mans head (the selection). Play with the color in curves til it matches the rest of the image. In this case I added about 15 green and reduced red a couple of points.

If you are in an area from which you can rent the RetouchPro uTube webinars, I suggest that you check out Amy Dressers webinars. It will be the best $20.00 you've spent on photo gear in a long time. You can ignore the dodge/burn skin retouching and note how she handles local color corrections using the technique above.

It took me quite some practice before I became comfortable using her technique. That is what areas and how to lasso, how much to feather, and so on.

Larry

Note my color is not the same as yours, not did I try to match it. The difference is due to profile conversion. The color is not as I would finally use. The point is to show the match of the mans head to the girls skin tone. Global color correction above the local will give you the final color you want.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:46 PM
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Re: Need little help from my PS-friends :)

petrusbr, 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., offer help, have fun!

A simple solution might be .. A white layer on top set to Soft Light Mode (add a hide all mask, paint white on the mask to reveal the washed out skin... or, no mask)
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:28 AM
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hi twopoint0, yes that's what I mean. I don't know how to get this from my PS. I've tried f.e. saturation with red chanel mask, some chanel mixer, but I don't get it...
Do you have access to the original camera raw file? If so, reprocess the image with the highlights in mind. Drop the newly processed image on top of your current layer stack to see the difference. Setting the new layer to darken only may start solving the problem.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:35 AM
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Gratias I'll try your advice this evening and give you small feedback for futher generations
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