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Old 07-14-2011, 05:10 PM
momentcapture momentcapture is offline
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How to desaturate only shadows?

Hi Everyone

I'm just wondering it it's possible to desaturate certain areas of an image, either highlights, mid tones or shadows.

What I'm looking to is to selectively desaturate (not completely) the shadows within an image and not based on any particular colour etc.

Anyone have any ideas how to do such a thing?

Thanks
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:59 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

Select>Color Range Shadows, new Hue Saturation layer.

You're welcome.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:06 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

^^^
Thanks very much indeed.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:04 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

Thanks again, below is the 'look' I was trying to achieve.

http://momentcapture.co.uk/jimbo3.jpg
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:28 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

Not saying this is a perfect match, but it's done with one HSL adjustment layer and no masking. Just individually targeting the Red, Green and Yellow channels. Worked better in my testing than a luminosity mask.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:41 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

Try:
Duplicate layer
Add mask (white)
Apply image (to the mask)
Blending mode: Multiply
Adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation.
Invert the mask if needed, I can't remember which one targets the shadows.

This method gives you a different selection than madclark's method and is self-feathering.
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:05 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

try a BW layer in softlight mode
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:25 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

Try adding a Curves Adjustment, blend it to Saturation, and drag the shadows point up, than adjust midpoint down a bit to bring back saturation in midtones.
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:42 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

Thanks guy's I'l have to do some experimenting and report back.

Your help has been very much appreciated.

Cheers
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:51 PM
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Re: How to desaturate only shadows?

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Try adding a Curves Adjustment, blend it to Saturation, and drag the shadows point up, than adjust midpoint down a bit to bring back saturation in midtones.
Just tried this, it works perfectly.

Many many thanks.

Rhys
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