B&W with Color

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  1. JonMikal

    JonMikal TPF Noob!

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    Please share your thoughts. I'm fumbling my way around in PS and want to know how I'm doing.

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  2. Karalee

    Karalee hOtLiPs!

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    Theres nothing wrong with the black and white, but the color youve chose for the eyes seems somewhat unatural. Especially for the little girl. Maybe try a less intense color.
     
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    graigdavis TPF Noob!

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    My first reaction was to duck uder my desk, thats creepy.

    Not sure if the girls eyes are the main focus on the picture. Well...it is now, but if it was all B&W Im sure its different.
     
  4. JonMikal

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    Should I tone the eyes down or focus on another part of the image for color.
     
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    graigdavis TPF Noob!

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    I dont really think this picture needs any color to it.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    I personally don't think coloring the eyes works in this picture. But...I don't see anything else to color, either. I do like the picture though! I'd just find a different picture to color, I think. I need to learn how to do that...coloring just a bit of a b/w pic. It's a really neat affect!
     
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    I agree with everyone. "Children of the Corn" and all... Leave it in B&W. The photo has its own character.
     
  8. Alison

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    Color accent can be a tough call sometimes. When I select photos to do as a color accent the picture needs to really call for it. I think the one you did would have worked better with a softer hue for her eyes and maybe if the little boy was also looking at the camera. I've done a few shots with the eyes in color. Here's one that I picked because I wanted to highlight the fact that the girl and cat had similar eye color. Just a subtle accent works best I think. I never thought I would like color accent, but our customers do so I gave it a try. A lot of times I add the color, look at it and say "Nope, doesn't work".

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    Here's another that was meant to show the time of year....

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  9. JonMikal

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    Thanks for showing me up Alison... :) just kidding! Your photos are awesome; showing excellent technique with coloring. I'm still learning and obviously have a ways to go. God I love this stuff!!!
     
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    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    Become friends with the hue and saturation bar, it's very very very helpful to get a nice feel. I love PS, so much to learn and so much fun to do it!
     
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    reminds me of dune :D
     
  12. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    The blue is a little unnatural, but the other thing that makes it look creepy is that the boy's eyes don't seem to be colored. I know there isn't much available there to color, but it really makes the little girl seem different.

    I think Allison's photo works because it is subtle and both subjects have the eye color. If just the girl or the cat had it, it would also look strange.
     

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