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Old 01-09-2013, 01:54 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

"the sameness of color between the skin and background? And the desaturated hand colored look?"
Yes
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:11 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

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walcon:
"create a gradient map adjustment layer with these values".
I can take col readings or use the col picker tool to sample colors from the examples I previously posted, but then
I can't figure out these slider or arrows or stps. Or how to insert those colors into the gradient map layer
I spent maybe 2 minutes on this, so it is very far from the result you want. But it should give you the idea on gradient maps at least:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6343540/43.psd

You would need to do this repeatedly and selectively. Build up the effect slowly on every color you want to bring back.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:59 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Thanks for this

ok finally figured out how to make gradients (the general idea only).

So can I create custom gradients, by taking col samples from the images I originally posted as examples, by having them open when I click on the col picker ??

Your examples go from black (on left) to a color (right). Did you just set the background & foreground colors in the tool palette with black & a color ?

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:01 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Hi Frank

Just some diddling here, but hopefully there's something in it to get you going in a good direction.

I can PM you a link to a layered PSD if you'd like.

The basic effects are:

Portraiture to smooth out the BG and lessen detail overall.
Gaussian blurred layer set to darken mode then masked to reveal a touch of shadow/glow on the BG.
Some HSL desat layers.
Some tonal curves.
A selective color layer on top adding yellow to the whites - this is what makes the bright skin and BG close in color.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:21 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Thank you so much for this.
I really very much appreciate you taking the time to work on it.
I received the link and will check out the layered psd file in the morning.
I'm too tired, from banging my head up against the wall on this, to be able to follow what you did now.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:42 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Yeah, my file is a mess of masks, blend modes, reduced opacities, etc - not easy to follow. Just ask if you have any questions but I really think the minor tweak to the whites in selective color is a large part of the effect you're after, at least on the white background.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:12 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

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Thanks for this

ok finally figured out how to make gradients (the general idea only).

So can I create custom gradients, by taking col samples from the images I originally posted as examples, by having them open when I click on the col picker ??

Your examples go from black (on left) to a color (right). Did you just set the background & foreground colors in the tool palette with black & a color ?
Dark to light with a midtone in middle to mix it up. Like I explained before I pick the 3 colors from the color I want to replace. Then edit the gradient to use those 3. Then I set the blend mode to color so it does not affect the luminosity.

I was gonna record it, but I did a quick search on youtube and the first hit shows how to make them. So I'll just link that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWxkAZcO9cU
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:21 AM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

As with all things photoshop, it seems that there is always more than one way to do something. As in this thread, more than one approach has been offered to achieve the 'goal' (a moving target mind you with each image). I think the commonality is that in all cases a certain amount of the original color and contrast has to be removed first and then added back by the means suggested (gradients, selective color etc). And this treatment would depend very much on the particular image, light, col of background etc. Thanks to all.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:41 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

flashtones:
replied to your pm but error returned - 'your box is full and cant accept message until cleared'
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:24 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Frank, try now please.
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