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Old 09-30-2012, 02:00 PM
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How to achieve soft, daylit colors

How would you suggest achieving this colors? I am trying a gradient map and it seems to be doing something, but all of these seem to maintain the overall colors while still emphasizing the pink/cream/yellows.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:49 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

Can you post a screenshot of your current layer setup. Without seeing that my guess is that you have some color adjustment layer above your gradient affecting the gradient. If so turn them off prior to selecting your gradient colors then turn them back on and play with the opacity a bit
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:06 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

I just have the two layers - main file out of Raw, then the gradient layer. I deleted all my first experiments (Color Balance, Hue/Sat, Curves).
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:29 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

Could you post your starting point image please?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:58 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

See attached example
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:26 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

I just came across some actions that looked interesting (though not cheap!):

www.paintthemoon.net and www.florabellacollection.com


Anyone have experience with these? They look quite similar to the examples I've been trying to recreate.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:02 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

Have a play with curves reduce overall contrast in RGB and move the white and black points for the colour channels as shown. The moves for each channel are not written in stone so experiment

This may help you in getting to where you want to be?
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:05 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

Thanks for the suggestion, but if you look at the example photos they managed to change the colors without adding much "haze" to the photo
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:33 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

What Tony W gave you is a good starting point, this is not one step process, just get rid of the resulting haze with LAHR in USM, then, selectively, adjust colors to taste using whatever method you prefer.

I used USM with high Radius and Low amount, then added B&W layer in Softlight mode at like 80% opacity.

Thank you Tony for the tip.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:06 PM
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Re: How to achieve soft, daylit colors

try throwing a color into a softlight blend mode with the highlights of a red channel for your mask. build if needed.
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