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No Control
08-24-2007, 06:34 PM
Hey all,

I took this picture on my recent vacation to Cape May. It's of my mother, not a stranger. :p

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z93/sherlock_28/DSC_00160014.jpg

And I just finished editing it, ending up with this.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z93/sherlock_28/DSC_00160014copy2.jpg


What do you all think? Any suggestions? I used a lot of different tools trying to learn the ropes. Thanks!

Turn
08-25-2007, 05:22 PM
there is no substance in anything else but the glasses

make the shirt a tad darker or more contrasty and a bit of burning on the cheeks maybe 14% on Shadows to bring out the face more.

r3g
08-25-2007, 09:26 PM
The B&W would look much better if you added some depth to it using either the Curve or Level tool.

No Control
08-26-2007, 12:51 AM
Thanks to both of you, I'll definitely give it some more work. :)

No Control
08-26-2007, 02:39 PM
Well here's what I came up with on a second try. Thanks for bearing with me.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z93/sherlock_28/DSC_00160014copy3.jpg

Oph
08-26-2007, 06:10 PM
I like your adjustments, probably prefer the detail in the first one though. Amazing how this portrait has much more presence in b&w.

I'm no PS expert (yet!), but have been having fun lately learning some of the photo adjustment techniques, so take what I say here with a grain of salt. :) Something else to try is to create another adjustment layer and lighten to give some more detail in the glasses and to show your mother's eyes a little more. You can then put this layer below the original, and erase the dark part of the glasses in the top (original) layer to allow the lighter version to show through. It looks more natural if you reduce the eraser's opacity right down when doing the edges.

XaiLo
08-26-2007, 07:49 PM
What version of photoshop are you using. and how are you creating the B&W image?

No Control
08-26-2007, 07:53 PM
What version of photoshop are you using. and how are you creating the B&W image?

I'm using Photoshop CS2. And I just used the desaturate tool. Is there a better way? God I'm such a noob. :rolleyes:

Oph
08-26-2007, 08:32 PM
I think the desaturate command is just fine. If it works, do it, why not.

Hope you don't mind that I had a play around with this photo, here is my quick effort at desaturating, adjusting levels, and playing a bit with the layers. Not too tidy round the edges, but I hope you can see what fun it can be to paint details (like the glasses) back in. :)

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a32/e33mw/glasses.jpg

XaiLo
08-26-2007, 08:48 PM
Don't worry about being a noob with photoshop with all the options and filters and plugins you could probably spend several life times just experimenting alone.

You can use 1)channel mixer 2)channels 3)calculations 4)grayscale.

No Control
08-26-2007, 08:48 PM
I think the desaturate command is just fine. If it works, do it, why not.

Hope you don't mind that I had a play around with this photo, here is my quick effort at desaturating, adjusting levels, and playing a bit with the layers. Not too tidy round the edges, but I hope you can see what fun it can be to paint details (like the glasses) back in. :)

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a32/e33mw/glasses.jpg

No problem Oph, and now I see what you mean by bringing the details back out, it looks great. I'll definitely be trying that soon. Right now I'm going through/editing some shots from tonight.

XaiLo
08-26-2007, 09:14 PM
Examples of what is possible:


channel mixer
http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2007/08_aug/channelmixer.jpg

channels
http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2007/08_aug/greenchannel.jpg

calculations
http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2007/08_aug/calculations.jpg

grayscale
http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2007/08_aug/grayscale.jpg

Those were created without any additional adjustment or editing just to show the range of what is possible. It gets easier once you have a general idea of the direction you want to go in. hth

No Control
08-26-2007, 09:22 PM
Okay after this I'll stop boring you all with this picture. :)

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z93/sherlock_28/DSC_00160014copy4.jpg


Edit: Sorry Xailo, didn't see your post but thank you very much for taking the time to show me that! It'll help a lot.

Oph
08-26-2007, 09:42 PM
Looking good! I'm sure you're going to find you'll love PhotoShop more and more as you play around with it.

Thanks from me as well to XaiLo for the eg.s of channels, etc. All I need now is more hours in the day to get good at this!

Turn
08-27-2007, 01:14 AM
well..I had a try and I found it looked much better in colour (I went for a old-style feel)

my favourite thing to do is to

create a gradient map layer (black and white colours) and change the blending mode to soft light

I just like that slightly washed out contrast look (change the blending to overlay and its even stronger)

its best to create a new layer per edit because its much easier to fix and allows more creative mixture of things

use the half black/white circle at the bottom right corner

oh and I always use Gradient Map to make black and white, it adds contrast and I just think it looks better.

No Control
08-27-2007, 01:32 AM
Thanks, Turn. That b+w conversion looks the best of the options I think. And I'm glad you had some fun with my image. :)

Turn
08-27-2007, 02:57 AM
Thanks, Turn. That b+w conversion looks the best of the options I think. And I'm glad you had some fun with my image. :)

no worries

my black and white conversion also had a little bit of dodging involved :P
I think it was 19% highlights soft brush on face and a bit on the shirt