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  • How to mute color tones

    I've always been curious on how this look is achieved. The colors are cold and mute and it creates a sort of surreal look to it. Looking forward to reading your suggestions. Thank you.


    Photos by Václav Širc:

    http://gallery.photo.net/photo/4061810-lg.jpg

    http://gallery.photo.net/photo/3431094-md.jpg

    http://gallery.photo.net/photo/2407051-md.jpg

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    Re: How to mute color tones

    The links don't work for me.

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    • #3
      Re: How to mute color tones

      the links do not work for me either

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      • #4
        Re: How to mute color tones

        Here's a working link to a couple of them --

        http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4061810

        http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3431094

        Take a look at the color info on their skin tones -- there's a lot of cyan added and the yellow and magenta are nearly equal instead of yellow being slightly more dominant -- when I took out a lot of cyan and added some yellow, you have realistic skintones. Add cyan and subtract yellow, you have "creative" skintones.
        Last edited by CJ Swartz; 12-19-2006, 09:04 AM.

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        • #5
          Re: How to mute color tones

          you can mask out her skin......run a desat. layer like -40 or -50, then using the same mask apply a new curve that makes up the skin tone you like, adding as much cyan, or yeloow etc. as you like.

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          • #6
            Re: How to mute color tones

            Thanks for the replies. Does the same thing applies when you work on the background? I have not had a chance to try the suggestions made yet.

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            • #7
              Re: How to mute color tones

              Try it and tell us!

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              • #8
                Re: How to mute color tones

                the first picture is really nice colour...desaturated colours is the name of the game here...but the lighingt enhances the effect and gives it a more dynamic...

                Gerry

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                • #9
                  Re: How to mute color tones

                  Thank you for the replies. I tried out the suggestions made and I think would practice I should get something similar to the posted images. Thanks.

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