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Help with Cold/Dark landscapes

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:28 PM
Panther Panther is offline
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Re: Help with Cold/Dark landscapes

This time I focused on creating similar spotlights around the image. I went colder than the original but not as much, keeping the grass in warmer brown tones.

I apologize for the highly compressed jpg.

Again I used curves, selective color, hue/saturation and masked each layer according to needs. The whole process was done quickly 10-15 minutes.

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Old 06-05-2013, 10:06 PM
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Re: Help with Cold/Dark landscapes

I think you're headed in a nice direction. You could stop there and they'd be perfectly wonderful as is -- however, if you wan them more like Julian Claverley's, you need to use a heavier hand.

I used this as a target for inspiration, just as a loose guide without trying to be slavish to color or tone.

http://www.juliancalverley.com/commi...landscapes/10/

I just pushed yours deeper, bringing out more texture, clarity, depth and color.

Perhaps I went to far, perhaps not far enough, but I just wanted to get it in the ballpark of Calverley's.

(Please forgive my very crude masking, I used my finger on my laptop's trackpad.)
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:29 AM
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Re: Help with Cold/Dark landscapes

Good point on the heavier hand. Yours is more in the direction of Julian’s work.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:57 AM
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Re: Help with Cold/Dark landscapes

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This time I focused on creating similar spotlights around the image. I went colder than the original but not as much, keeping the grass in warmer brown tones.

I apologize for the highly compressed jpg.

Again I used curves, selective color, hue/saturation and masked each layer according to needs. The whole process was done quickly 10-15 minutes.

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/att...1&d=1370478181
I don't think it's perfect, but I like where you're going. I think if you keep at that, it will come a bit more naturally. I just mentioned channel mixer because it handles somewhat extreme color changes well. I've used it for many things like changing colors of dresses and K only cmyk drop shadows. I just like that it has the ability to make significant changes while preserving detail as long as you know how to balance the values out correctly. It does require very careful masking compared to something like selective color. Selective color is targeting a specific color range, so it offers some secondary protection against fringing issues.

The initial photographer whose style you wished to emulate has a lot of highlighting work done in post to help balance out the darker areas, but I think over time you'll go in your own direction with these. I like the way you're blocking it out rather than trying to tackle everything simultaneously.
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