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Old 06-09-2011, 06:34 PM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

Hey Onesh0t checked out your AIM action set and looks like your AIM RGB2 is similar to what I use. However I wouldn't run the entire action like you are doing, depending on the image tweaks to the Curve adjustment layer usually need to be made, I'll also check out the Blend-If for the multiply layer and make any tweaks that work for the image. Also I stay under the AIM profile while I do a few further adjustments like gradient maps and a light contrast sharpen. After I am happy with the effect I then convert the image back to Adobe RGB and then import it back into my original RGB image, or import parts of the original RGB image into the new AIM edited image.

I have one other action that uses the AIM profile, it's basically a contrast enhancing move that uses information from a duplicate of your image coverted to the AIM profile and tweaked. The action is called AIM Tones and you can download here -

http://www.mediafire.com/?xkyu86uddcs7zdx

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Old 06-12-2011, 06:10 PM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

Thanks for sharing the actions MacBurg. Definitely an alternative to my current processing methods. I want to look into gradient maps especially; I used them on a few images, but I still find them hard to use accurately.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:44 PM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

Photoshop is all about numbers and maths in the background, every pixel in your image has a brightness value and a colour value, but try not to think about that too much

A gradient map is taking the 255 brightness values in your image and representing them in a scale of 100, 0 being black and 100 being white. It then maps colour to this 100 brightness scale of your image.

So you use colour stops that you can add or delete along the scale of 100, these are the little triangles below the gradient bar. With each colour stop you can select any colour, and adjust its brightness, hue and saturation by numbers or visually by double clicking on its little triangle. This opens the Colour Picker window where you choose your colour, I usually use the HSB values and tweak them by using the arrow keys on the keyboard.

Here's a quick example I made -

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/1397/...cleexample.jpg

The circle on the left has been given a colour gradient, the circle on the right was originally black to white, but has a gradient map clipped to it with two simple colour stops. I simply sampled the Dark Green and the light yellow of the left hand circle and used these colours for the gradient map on the right hand circle.

You can then adjust where the colour stop sits along that scale of 100, this is called the "Location" and will affect what brightness value in your image gets changed to the colour in the colour stop you have set. Some images take a bit of tweaking of where the colour stops will sit and what their HSB values will be, you can see the affects of this live on your image while you tweak away. Some gradient maps will only require a simple two stops, if you are wanting to change the colour of an area that has a wider and more undulated layout of brightness values, then 4-5 colour stops is the norm.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:07 AM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

Would you go the same route as Chris Crisman's landscape work.

http://www.crismanphoto.com/#/Collections/Landscapes/1
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:58 AM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

I don't see the classic AIM conversion look in many of his landscapes, I see a lot of midtones, desaturation and colour toning going on.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:29 AM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

To achieve his look you would just do a couple adjustment and color balances?
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:24 AM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

To achieve his look you will need years of practice, a lot of time to travel and be in places at the right time of the day, with specific light condition and learn how to expose for your needs. Postproduction comes after.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:13 PM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

I realized it wasn't a simple point and shoot then quick photoshop adjustment.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:34 PM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

Hi guys!
This is my first time here.
I made this test to get your opinion.
If this is the expected result I can explain how I got it.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10474375/test_look.jpg
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:08 PM
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Re: Help with this great landscape look

It's pretty close, mind sharing your post-processing?
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