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Old 03-07-2012, 03:30 PM
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Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

Hi All.

I've spent a day or so trying to come close to this effect. It looks pretty simple but I am pretty stupid at the same time

It's a washed out/faded/muted colour look. Anyone seen this before, know how it's done or any tutorials.

http://www.iamaposer.com/

If it's called a specific thing, that would be great too.

Thanx in advance

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Old 03-07-2012, 03:48 PM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

I think similar could be accomplished by using a curves adjustment layer and raise the black point vertically and lower the white point the same way for greyscale images. For colour do the same for the individual R G B channels or try on the master channel for just an overall contrast reduction.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:15 PM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

Thanks

An inverted S shape then?

Given me a few ideas, will have a go on the morrow. Can't take much more of it now and I've smashed my computer in :-)
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:30 PM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

They use vingette's, they probably use the exposure tool and add a bit of grain or maybe use levels to bump up the blacks a little.

You can get similar looks with VSCO film.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:33 PM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

in fact here is an image they processed on their site with vsco.


http://www.iamaposer.com/?p=8465
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:37 PM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

Thanks Harv.

That's one of the images I've been studying.

I'll check out that VSCO film.

Been playing with all sort, even exposure tool, I can't see how vignettes can give it that overall feel, it helps with the image.

Shall play around with exposure too, but it's just playing that's all...
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:52 AM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

Go into a curve, pull down the top left part, and pull up the bottom right part. Don't make an s-curve, keep it a straight line, just move your black and white points. You can do the same in levels, it's the bottom slider on that. There's no real blacks/whites in those images. Then just whack some grain on.
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

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...An inverted S shape then?
No I was suggesting trying a straight line as DJSoulglo mentioned.
I have my curves set to the reverse of DJSoulglo i.e. shadows to the left highlights right. Therefore push the shadows up vertically and if required lower the highlights down vertically.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:22 PM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

Washed/Faded etc look:

1. Curves method
Move the black point up. That should give you the look you are looking for in the photos. FYI your samples look very crude for the faded look, this should just get you what you want. For color photos do the similar in the color channels. For the white point pull the white point down as well, that will compress the Dynamic range and wash out the image. If you want to add back contrast then make an 'S' curve keeping the black and white points.

2. Offset method
Create an Exposure Layer. Move the Offset to positive arrange for taste. This will only impact the black point.

3. Selective color method
Go to Blacks and Naturals and adjust the "blacks" and lighten them. And like the offset method this will only impact the black point.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:48 AM
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Re: Muted/Faded/Washed Out Colours

Hi everyone.

Thanks for all your input.

I think it comes down to the images I've been using. Depending on the image I can get certain effect but as I was using the wrong type of base image the effects weren't coming through as well as I liked.

Going to look over this post and apply some of the info.

Thanks again.
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