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Old 09-01-2011, 05:25 AM
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Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

Hello All.

One of my favourite photographers is Mr Nick Meek (http://www.nickmeek.com/). What I love about his photography is his use of limited colour pallets, selective colour and overall tone, and all of this is achieved without the images looking over worked or over processed. I've included a few links so you can get an idea of the style of image I am talking about.

http://www.makegoodtime.net/wp-conte...r1-587x449.jpg
http://www.makegoodtime.net/wp-conte...P6-587x449.jpg
http://www.makegoodtime.net/wp-conte...er-587x449.jpg
http://www.makegoodtime.net/wp-conte...-1-587x440.jpg
http://www.makegoodtime.net/wp-conte...ns-587x449.jpg
http://www.makegoodtime.net/wp-conte...er-587x449.jpg
http://www.makegoodtime.net/wp-conte...ps-587x428.jpg

I would love to get your thoughts on post processing techniques to achieve a similar effect to the images above. I can make some definite assumptions, but there are still some gaps that I would love to quiz this community on. (I may not have posted much, but have definitely been a lurker

1. I assume the original image must have a uniform feel with 1 stand out point of focus. For example, a desert landscape with 1 single person in view. This will give the opportunity to work with limited colours.

Some Questions:

Do you think the 'selective colour' tool is then used to lessen the colours used and highlight stand out colours from the rest of the scene?

Do you think the selection tool or masking is used to work on the different colours independently?

Are there any other techniques at play here that will give a similar effect to the images linked above?

Feedback is appreciated.
It might also be nice if I post 1 single image for us to each put our own take on?

Thanks
k
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:39 AM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

post an image. It's lots of desaturating, and making certain colors pop. And yes, there's a lot of masking going on.
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:32 AM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

I've attached a photo that I took in Argentina a couple of years ago.
Its a perfect candidate for the overexposed/whitewash look, using the red from the jogger and car to pop out from the image.

I have made a couple of attempts at this, but will spend some more time on this tonight and post the results.

I would love to see some takes on this image using limited colour pallets, even trying to go for a Christian Schmidt white vectored look.

Thanks all.
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:34 AM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

Upload failed due to size.
Will link from my hosting to keep the quality:

http://gareth-james.com/IMG_7451.jpg
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:54 AM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

One quick way of getting a nice "washed out" look is making a copy of one of the image channels and pasting it into a new layer then setting to "screen" blending mode. Here's the results I got having a quick play with this method -

http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/7159/middaywash.jpg

Copy Red Channel into new layer set to "screen"
Copy Background layer and move above screen layer, set to "colour"
Turn off visibility of these two new layers and click back on your original layer
CMND+Click on channel with least amount of info in your chosen highlight colour
CMND+J this selection into a new layer and set to "screen"
Move this layer to the top of the layers stack
Turn the visibility of the other layers back on now
Under blending options for the top layer just created unclick "Blue" channel
This layer gives an extra lightness and a slight warmth

Next I experimented with getting the original red from the truck and the jogger back. To do this I created a new selective colour layer and using "absolute" set everything but red to -100% and set red to +100%. Then created a new merge all layer CMND+OPT+SHIFT+N then CMND+OPT+SHIFT+E, desaturate then invert this layer then CMND+A to select it all and paste it into a new channel.

Now delete this layer and the selective colour layer, CMND+Click on the new channel and then CMND+J from your original background layer, move this new layer to the top of all the layers which brings back the detail and colour of the original reds.

Not sure why I chose this method I was lying down on my couch with the laptop and was feeling lazy, plenty of other ways to do this including colour range. Seems to be a nice washed out but not blown out look yet still holding natural looking detail and colour in your chosen highlight colour. If you want I can upload a layered tiff...

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Old 09-02-2011, 07:08 AM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

Hey MacBurg.

I've seen your contributions to the schmidt thread, so thanks for contributing.
Your technique seems nice and simple, and I will certainly try this when I get home.

Although would the same work if you wanted to give the photo say a yellow wash with red stand outs? Or is that just for whitewashing?

Thanks
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:29 AM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

Yeah the Schmidt thread is a beauty Lots of good reading and techniques in that to get you various white looks depending on your image. You could further colour the image, say more yellow using many methods, a yellow/green gradient map would be one way.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:40 PM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

Wow MacBurg Thanks for the info
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:57 PM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

Well I copied the layer and on that layer placed a mask to select only the runner and the truck.

To the rest of the image I desaturated it, and lightened it using a copied layer with screen blending mode and I also lowered the contrast.

I added a tint to the photo
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:19 PM
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Re: Selective Colour, Colour & Tone

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Wow MacBurg Thanks for the info
Thanks Gee How/where ya been?
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