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Old 02-18-2011, 05:39 AM
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Hey guys

What an awesome site! This is my first post here, so I'm sorry if this question has come up loads of times already, but I'm not used to all the jargon so it's hard to find exactly what I'm looking for.

I have a beautiful camera (canon 5d mk ii) and my pics are already looking good (with the odd exception of a good ol' tungsten colour cast ), but I am trying to move onto the next level by giving them that extra punch.

As for photoshop experience, I know my way around pretty well (so no need to tell me what a layer is, and RGB, LAB, etc )

This photographer is pretty much nailing what I'm trying to achieve: http://www.briannagraham.com/portraits/index2.php

...especially the last 5 or 6 images in the portfolio. What strikes me the most is the colouring... And based on the nature and turnaround req's of her job, I doubt this is something that will take hours and hours to do (but if it does, then so be it!).

What I love most are how her backgrounds look (don't worry too much on the retouched models... i imagine they are worked on separately, then masked in). The colours are amazing, and I'd really love to achieve that rich colour look.

Could anyone direct me to what you think she's doing and if this is a job for CS4 alone?

Let me add that this is all a hobby for now, but I aim high and would love to get this skill perfected.

Thanks a lot for any tips, ideas and suggestions!

C7
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:54 AM
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Re: Rich Colours

That processing takes about thirty seconds:

1. Open any image in Adobe Camera RAW (part of PS)
2. Crank up the Clarity slider until you want to vomit. Then push it a little more.
3. Add a big fat vignette in the vignetting tab.
4. Increase the Vibrance or Saturation until your eyes are medium-rare.
5. Done!
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:11 AM
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Re: Rich Colours

i love you
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:13 AM
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Re: Rich Colours

(btw oneredpanther, amazing pics on your site... very very cool!)
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:15 AM
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Re: Rich Colours

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That processing takes about thirty seconds:

1. Open any image in Adobe Camera RAW (part of PS)
2. Crank up the Clarity slider until you want to vomit. Then push it a little more.
3. Add a big fat vignette in the vignetting tab.
4. Increase the Vibrance or Saturation until your eyes are medium-rare.
5. Done!
Well, the description above while a little OTT is probably quite close to getting some way to the effect that you may be looking for.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:24 AM
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Re: Rich Colours

he speaks my lingo :P
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:28 AM
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Re: Rich Colours

i see LR also has some very nice processing capabilities. does processing the colours in lightroom then retouching the models in PS sound normal, or am i being ridiculously amateur?
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:59 AM
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Re: Rich Colours

Personally I do not use LR or any RAW processor to change colors too much. If you wish to work more preciously you will use Saturation Masks & Luminosity Masks & other tools within Photoshop together with usual masking techniques.

http://goodlight.us/writing/saturati...satmask-1.html
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:01 PM
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Re: Rich Colours

thanks creativeretouch, will have a look into that technique too!
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:31 PM
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Re: Rich Colours

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That processing takes about thirty seconds:

1. Open any image in Adobe Camera RAW (part of PS)
2. Crank up the Clarity slider until you want to vomit. Then push it a little more.
3. Add a big fat vignette in the vignetting tab.
4. Increase the Vibrance or Saturation until your eyes are medium-rare.
5. Done!

This is very interesting redpanther. Sometimes things are not as difficult as they look... Thou... the skin on the portraits got some further retouch, looks like surface blur... Thanx for sharing the trick.
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