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  • Black n White, not quite... the fashion desat look

    hi there, what is your take on the post processing for this shot by Hedi Slimane for Vogue Paris in 2010

    IMG HERE

    its just perfect!

    I am guessing a BW conversion on softlight mode and then bring the dark slide up to "open up" the shadow areas.

    what do you think?

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    Re: Black n White, not quite... the fashion desat

    Someone recently posted about that here:
    http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...esaturate.html

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      Re: Black n White, not quite... the fashion desat

      There's a myriad of ways to get this look with different combinations of adjustment layers.

      If it were me, I would have a main S curve for overall color and contrast that would probably look something like the attached file. I would also make any fine adjustments to color with the same curve, but in the interest of highlighting the main S curve, I didn't do any other color adjustments to the R,G, and B channels.

      On top of that curve layer, I would add a hue/saturation adjustment layer, taking the overall saturation level down between -30 and -50 depending on how the image was processed to begin with.
      A black and white adjustment layer set to an opacity would also work, giving one further ability to adjust luminosity values per color. Depending on the image, I use either one, but most of the time a simple desaturation with hue/sat is all that is needed.

      I would do any local color correcting (pink fingers, strange color casts) with seperate curves layers with masks only affecting targeted areas.
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        Re: Black n White, not quite... the fashion desat

        80% about Photography. 20% about Retouching

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          Re: Black n White, not quite... the fashion desat

          Originally posted by Markzebra View Post
          80% about Photography. 20% about Retouching
          100% agreed... I am a photographer btw. Still, looking to know other people's takes on those remaining 20%

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          • #6
            Re: Black n White, not quite... the fashion desat

            Still, looking to know other people's takes on those remaining 20%
            Extremely close attention to detail, same as always. And good processing.

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