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Old 07-04-2011, 03:32 PM
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Dark moody look

Hello , looked at this picture and i really liked the dark, moody,look. Anybody got a idea how it was achived:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kakhaba...ream/lightbox/


I am trying to apply the look to this picture:
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:24 PM
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Re: Dark moody look

Targeted colour adjustment. You'll need some D&B, gradient map might help too. The photo you refer had bigger potential from the start as lighting in favour of this kind of mood you are after. But you might try to fake it. I did fake a similar lighting condition in this one.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:04 AM
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Re: Dark moody look

I worked from the opposite direction, using shadow / highlights after successive darkening moves to pull back shadow detail.

http://edgework.tripod.com/gloom.jpg
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:12 AM
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Re: Dark moody look

Interesting approach from each of you. Edgework love the colors, think you really nailed it. Add some selective blur and some texture on top, it will look extremely close. How did you get the dark cyan/green look? Could you give the details?
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:33 AM
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Re: Dark moody look

Aside from the darkening / shadow highlight moves, I used a HSL adjustment layer with master saturation at -46, a fill layer with 40 56 71 in color mode at 57%, and another layer at the end with 81 142 255 in soft light mode at 51%. This last layer had a Blend-if slider arrangement set to target only the lighter tones.

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Old 07-05-2011, 09:37 AM
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Re: Dark moody look

Here is another look.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:45 AM
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Re: Dark moody look

Got into that
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:08 PM
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Re: Dark moody look

Hey thanks for the replies. Looks like a dreamlike ,soft look you got cupcake.Interesting. Nebulaoperator: great work,yeah you really got into it the selective darkening really draws the eye to the end of the road.Also looks a bit desaturated? Would you give some details how you got there?
Here`s my try: In short terms, its different shades of blue and cyan in soft light and color mode. H/S adj. layer-colorize checked on, blend mode soft light . Selective darkening , applied with gradient tool for smooth transitions.
Some selective blur. And a texture layer on top downloaded here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/playing...440248/?page=2
And Edgework thanks for the helpful tips. Appreciate it
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:12 PM
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Re: Dark moody look

I've been working with textures in various blending modes for a bit and really like the atmosphere they can create. Here's what another version of a dark, moody path
and two of the textures used. Also made some fog in there but I do not think it adds too much to the image as a whole.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:29 PM
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Re: Dark moody look

Ups I deleted my PSD. but I will try to remember:Selective D&B was most done with luminosity masks, colour was achieved with curves and selective colour just do tweakening. I don't remember how I had quiet a few layers) you'll get there. Path was desaturated and new Solid colour sat on top. For the path I sampled colour from surroundings.
Far end of the photo slightly blurred.Then I've started selective D&B. Right from the end of the photo dodge the path and when you approach to the beginning pick some stones to dodge, dodge a bit of grass.

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Hey thanks for the replies. Looks like a dreamlike ,soft look you got cupcake.Interesting. Nebulaoperator: great work,yeah you really got into it the selective darkening really draws the eye to the end of the road.Also looks a bit desaturated? Would you give some details how you got there?
Here`s my try: In short terms, its different shades of blue and cyan in soft light and color mode. H/S adj. layer-colorize checked on, blend mode soft light . Selective darkening , applied with gradient tool for smooth transitions.
Some selective blur. And a texture layer on top downloaded here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/playing...440248/?page=2
And Edgework thanks for the helpful tips. Appreciate it
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