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Old 11-24-2010, 01:51 AM
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Help here please...

I'm using Photoshop Elements 8.
Can someone give me a step my step on matching the 2 sides of the attached photo. I've tried adjustment layers, masking and can't seem to get the sky and ocean to match.
My retouching is limited to family and friends for fun.

Thanks in advance.

Jim
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:38 AM
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Re: Help here please...

Not sure what tools available in Elements so have kept to basics as one way of doing this.

1. Mask the light side as best you can (do not worry too much you wont get it exact)

2. Add a Levels (or Curves if available) layer and make sure your mask is on this layer

3. Pick 2 ponts to match - in my case I selected an area of midtone in the sea close to each other.
Adjust the individual R, G and B levels to match. This is easiest if you have the colour picker tool to place a point on each area. If this is not available to you, you could try and measure the Red Green and Blue areas of an important point in the darker part of the picture make a note of the individual readings.

4. Now adjust the R, G and B values to match each side of the image by number.

5. You should end up with 2 sides to the image that match pretty closely and (if your masking is anything like mine) an ugly line running down the centre of the image.

6. At this point I converted the image to B&W.

7. Now you just have to deal with the line down the centre of the image. I used the clone tool and others to disguise (could use a little more work). Also the far right could do with darkening a little more

8. Finally I decided to apply a sepia tone and use the defaults in Photoshop.

Hope this may be of some help
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:29 AM
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Re: Help here please...

Not some help, but a lot of help.
Thanks very much Tony....I hadn't thought about trying it using RGB, then converting.
I really appreciate the response. This will work fine for me in Elements.

Thanks again,
Jim
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:00 AM
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You are most welcome Jim

Don't forget to post your image when finished
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:22 AM
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Thanks again for the help......here's the retouch.
I can still do more work on it, but the main part I wanted is corrected.

Jim
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:54 AM
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Very nice, looks like you have achieved your aims. Well done.
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