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Old 09-25-2011, 04:37 PM
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Getting rid of light beam?

Hi,

I love this photo I took of a friend today, but the beam of light across her face wrecks the whole shot for me.

http://i54.tinypic.com/2zombkl.jpg

How can I get rid of it? I don't want to make it b&w or sepia. Can I play with shadows and midtones of that one particular area?
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:04 PM
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Re: Getting rid of light beam?

i think a curve adjustment layer with soft mask will do the trick. just pull down the midtones slightly.
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:54 PM
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Re: Getting rid of light beam?

One way is..
- make a selection of the lighter area, feather it slightly and save the selection to an alpha channel
- set a new blank layer over-top in color mode
- with this layer selected, activated the alpha channel and fill the selection with the darker colour sampled from above her cheek
- use a curves adjustment layer to get the contrast/lighting to your preference or instead of the curves here, set a copy of the colour-filled layer over-top, change the blend mode of this one to multiply and adjust the opacity to match
- blend the seams with the clone or healing brush tools and add in some sharpening.

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Old 09-25-2011, 06:09 PM
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Re: Getting rid of light beam?

There are many ways to do this but I think the a very efficient way would be the route Olli has suggested. If you have Photoshop, you can use the Quick Select tool to make a selection of the affected area, feather that selection, and click the button to add a Curve Adjustment Layer. Pull the curve down to darken the area until it matches pretty close. You may b=need to do a little dodge / burn to fine tune the parts that are at a different luminosity. You may also need to add a blank layer set to Color blend mode above the curve to paint over the skin if it needs a color correction.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:43 PM
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Re: Getting rid of light beam?

I selected that same area, which Murray shows and instead of using Curves placed it on a new layer set to Overlay. I changed the opacity down to about 50%, which gave a pretty good match. All else was adjusted the way Murray describes it.

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Old 09-25-2011, 08:44 PM
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Re: Getting rid of light beam?

And yet one more way with one adjustment layer and a few steps

- Select portion of face for needing adjustment. Invert this selection and save
- Load Luminosity selection via Cmd+Click on RGB Channel thumbnail (Ctrl +click for PC)
- Load previous saved selection in subtract mode (this just leaves the luminosity selection over face
- Add Hue/Sat adjustment Layer (and it picks up the selection as a Layer Mask int the process). Adjust Lightness down and Saturation up
- Brush mask with white or black at low hardness and low opacity to effectively dodge and burn mask edges as needed.

Here is the result:

Remove-Light-Beam.jpg

Additional steps would be to adjust whole image tone and skin color.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: Getting rid of light beam?

I would use at least 4 curves to address different areas.
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