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07/15/2009 11:11:42 PM · #1
I've got a photo that I want to blow up nice and big (somewhere around 20"x30" or so). The problem is the photo needs some work and I am not very good with photoshop. I am planning on using CanvasOnDemand.com and give this as a gift.

Here is a link to the original sized photo on Flickr...

This is the photo in question....
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Can anyone help me out?
07/16/2009 12:01:10 AM · #2
Thats not an easy one to do alot with I think, I did what I thought looked good, started in CS4 levels slightly curves slightly, saturation then exported as tiff to lightroom made some exposure adjustments in the light forground removed some noise the sharpened hope it looks ok ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/103668/120/807573.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/100000-104999/103668/120/807573.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
07/16/2009 12:14:20 AM · #3
Here's my result. I tried to keep a natural look, but adding a little pop to it. Curves, levels, some modest Topaz, a little clarify, saturation up/down on some individual colors, dodge/burn on the rocks, removed the people that were visible behind the trees.
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Full size image

Message edited by author 2009-07-16 00:15:35.
07/16/2009 12:53:19 AM · #4
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Make sure to view the Full Size Version

I did as ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Yo_Spiff did and removed the people lurking in your photo. Hope that was okay.
07/16/2009 12:58:02 AM · #5
It's always interesting to see how different people edit the same shot and come up with different looks. Think there's a chance of a Godzilla sighting in this forest?

Message edited by author 2009-07-16 00:58:11.
07/16/2009 01:15:04 AM · #6
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

It's always interesting to see how different people edit the same shot and come up with different looks. Think there's a chance of a Godzilla sighting in this forest?


I really had to resist the urge, for what it's worth.
07/16/2009 01:23:15 AM · #7
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Matt
07/16/2009 02:07:32 AM · #8
Ooh! Can I play?

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LAB mode, curves to saturate, reduce bluish tint, add contrast to shadows. USM lightness channel. Save for web, slight sharpening.
07/16/2009 02:46:23 AM · #9
Here is my five minute attempt at your photograph. BTW I really like the composition and colors.
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07/16/2009 04:16:41 AM · #10
I like the fact that the path disappears into the dark. In this edit, I've tried to amplify this feeling by using selective exposure brushing, gradient exposure and vignetting. All editing was done in ACR, and there's quite a lot of manual brushing to adjust the shadows and highlights of the scene.

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07/16/2009 09:32:56 AM · #11
Thank you everyone. My take on each shot submitted....

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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' C_Steve_G On my screen it appears to be really bright in the foreground. Which is how it was (the clouds went away as I was taking the shot)
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MattO On my screen it appears to be over saturated. Which is what I kept doing too.
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' spiritualspatula Again the greens look over saturated. Which was the problem I kept having.
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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' csolomon1 Again, the greens are a little over saturated on my monitor and a little too bright for my taste.

I do want to thank everyone for their time and energy. I like the composition of my shot, but just couldn't figure out how to make the shot "POP." I think I'm going to play with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' johst582's idea of the light and darkness. It put a different feel to it that just seems to draw me in.

Again, everyone thanks.
07/16/2009 09:37:47 AM · #12
Regarding your notes on the oversaturated greens, I have found that look is not actually the green, but rather, it is the amount of yellow in the green. This is part of why I reduced or raised the saturation of individual colors, especially the yellow. I frequently reduce the amount of yellow in green areas.
07/16/2009 09:47:43 AM · #13
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07/16/2009 10:08:49 AM · #14
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07/16/2009 10:39:58 AM · #15
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07/16/2009 05:30:15 PM · #16
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

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WOW!!! That's great!!! Can you give me a quick rundown on what you did? If you don't mind.

Message edited by author 2009-07-16 17:34:09.
07/16/2009 05:32:16 PM · #17
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Regarding your notes on the oversaturated greens, I have found that look is not actually the green, but rather, it is the amount of yellow in the green. This is part of why I reduced or raised the saturation of individual colors, especially the yellow. I frequently reduce the amount of yellow in green areas.


Really? I never knew that. I was wondering why the heck I couldn't get the greens to look right. I tried to up the yellows (for the dead leaves), but the live ones kept getting funky. I wish they offered a Photoshop class around here. *sigh* The drawbacks to living out in the middle of no where.
07/16/2009 06:28:45 PM · #18
Originally posted by NathanW:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

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WOW!!! That's great!!! Can you give me a quick rundown on what you did? If you don't mind.


1. Open image, dupe BG layer twice.

2. On new top layer, Image>apply image, set layer mode to "soft light". Fade layer to 50% opacity in layer palette, then merge it into the layer beneath.

3. Dupe merged layer, use Topaz Adjust "crisp" preset.

4. Select for path.

5. Create new, empty layer set to "multiply" mode and filled with multiply-neutral color (checkbox)

6. Use foreground to transparent gradient from top to bottom and from bottom to top on the path selection on the multiply layer

7. Fade the multiply layer to 25%

*That's what I did* :-) Topaz Adjust can be had for a 30-day free trial, and can be purchased for $40.00. It's a very useful tool.

R.
07/16/2009 09:49:57 PM · #19
Thanks Robert. Now I just have to come up with money for Topaz (I'm unemployed until August 31st). I've heard a lot about it, what exactly does it do anyway?
07/16/2009 10:19:39 PM · #20
Originally posted by NathanW:

Thanks Robert. Now I just have to come up with money for Topaz (I'm unemployed until August 31st). I've heard a lot about it, what exactly does it do anyway?

You can get a free trial for 30 days.

It has a lot of functions and adjustments built in, but the one I like is called "adaptive exposure". It seems similar in some ways to the clarify adjustment in paintshop pro, but with more control. In a lesser amount it gives an image some pop, in greater amounts it creates the over the top cartoony HDR-ish look that people seem to either like or despise. Check the recent Topaz side challenge for lots of examples of what can be done with it.

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