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Old 01-08-2013, 08:08 PM
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How to: monochromatic col

Assuming the original shooting setup was fairly straight forward ie the subjects were standing in front of a white or off-white background and the light was bounced off a white ceiling. i asked the photographer and he says he did them on location in a small white 'wedding tent' / gazebo.

How do you think the photoshop post production is done. He is not keen to share this info. Starting off with a de-saturation layer, I then tried putting a new solid col fill layer over the backgound layer and trying different blend modes and opacities to no avail.
The skin tones and background are almost the same col.

Can anyone shine some light on how to do it?
The example file is linked below exceeds the forum size limit
http://www.frankgross.com/temp/example/67&9.jpg
Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:02 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Those are wonderful.

I have a couple of ideas/techniques I'd like to try if you have a suitable image I could use.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:29 AM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Sure, I could send an image. Please let me know the px dimensioons you want and if I cant post it here, I could attach it to an email.
I guess any image will do for testing but perhaps one shot against a white or pale background would be best to compare
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:00 AM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Looks almost like black and white that has been colored. Try a black & white adjustment layer and drop opacity some. Then gradient map the different colors to paint them back.

Mask out where needed.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:04 AM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

I tried 'hand tinting' without success. My method was as follows...perhaps it's incorrect?
I've never used gradient map layers as you suggest - any guidelines?

My method has basically been to duplicate the col bkground layer, & place a b/w adj. layer (e.g. ch mixer) between them. Then change the opacity of the b/w layer to allow the top layer col to come through (using painted layer masks if necessary).
Also try different blend modes for the top col layer &/or the b/w layer.
No luck.
I've also tried placing a new solid col layer on the top, with col blend mode, to act as an overall 'filter' - nope.
Or tinting the B&W layer to give it a col base other than grey
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:11 AM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

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Sure, I could send an image. Please let me know the px dimensioons you want and if I cant post it here, I could attach it to an email.
I guess any image will do for testing but perhaps one shot against a white or pale background would be best to compare
As large as this site will allow, or hosted as in the example, and as close to that style of photography as you've got (soft lighting, white BG, etc). It always helps if the subject matter are similar, otherwise the same mood can just look wrong if applied to, say, a pink bikini on a sunny beach.

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:19 AM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

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I tried 'hand tinting' without success. My method was as follows...perhaps it's incorrect?
I've never used gradient map layers as you suggest - any guidelines?
Solid color to add color usually just looks very flat.

Pick a highlight, midtone and shadow color you want. (Add them to your swatches or whatever.) Then create a gradient map adjustment layer with these values. You can try different blending modes, but color usually works unless you also want to affect lightness.

Work with opacity and curves on top to get even more dynamic.

Edit: For example if you want to do the blue coat. Use the color picker in the shadows of the blue, a midtone and on the highlights.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:04 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Flashtones:
Here is a selection to choose from. All are against a white bed sheet except one, to approximate the examples.
I sized them to 1024px in the long dimension I hope that is convenient.
http://www.frankgross.com/temp/example/8215.jpg

http://www.frankgross.com/temp/example/7483.jpg

http://www.frankgross.com/temp/example/7476.jpg

http://www.frankgross.com/temp/example/4490.jpg

http://www.frankgross.com/temp/example/43.jpg

http://www.frankgross.com/temp/example/41.jpg
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:09 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

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
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:17 PM
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Re: How to: monochromatic col

Hi Frank,

I wont get a chance to play till this evening.

I was looking at your thread on MM, where I'm not a member. You said the diffuse blur was not your main problem. Could you articulate more clearly the part of the look you're most interested in? Is it the sameness of color between the skin and background? And the desaturated hand colored look?
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