My Photoshop challenge for ya

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  1. invisible

    invisible Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    OK, so I admit I'm a Photoshop zero. I have these two images below, straight out of the camera, and can't find a way to make 'em shine. (I know, the WB was set to shade or cloudy and the horizon on the second one is tilted.)

    The challenge: if you think you've got what it takes to make these guys (or just one of them) look great, send me a PM with your email addy and I'll send you the RAW file(s). You just need to promise you'll post the results here and also email me the high-res jpg back.

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    Thanks!
     
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  2. max3k

    max3k TPF Noob!

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    Here goes.

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    invisible Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That's very nice, about 20 times better than my best PP attempt :)

    Do you happen to have an uncropped version?
     
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    max3k TPF Noob!

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    sure will email
     
  5. musicaleCA

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    Here's what I did, to the benefit of all:

    On import with ACR:

    Cooled it down a little, increased fill light by about 40, increased clarity to about 80, and bumped up vibrance a fair bit to bring out the shore's colours. Also bumped contrast up quite a bit. About +3-6 magenta (can't remember exactly how much).

    In Photoshop:

    1. Hue/Sat layer, colourize, at H 213 S +33 L 0
    2. Layer mask the above
    3. Paint in with low opacity brush on the water.
    4. Once roughly painted, blur the mask with a gaussian blur, large radius, previewing it by Alt-clicking the layer mask.
    5. Brush-in some more blue on the water with a very tiny, very low opacity brush.
    6. Add a curves adjustment layer.
    7. Click the hand icon, drag up the levels on two spots on the rocks where I got decent results (about mid-tone and lights locally on the rocks).
    8. Layer mask that.
    9. Paint bucket the mask black, and start painting-in on the rocks and shoreline.
    10. Blur that.
    11. Took the blur tool to give extra blur to the mask in a few places.
    12. Hue/Sat layer. Reds S +10. Yellows S +33 L -21. Greens S +16. Cyans S +28. Blues +52.
    13. Go back and paint in a little more blue on the first mask of the water, to clean it up and make it a bit less patchy.
    14. Flatten the image.
    15. Topaz Adjust to give it a bit more punch. (Pretty minor tweaking. Nothing radical.)
    16. Very reserved unsharp mask.

    ...Oh for the love of. Fracking...hell. Photoshop borked and Photobucket is being weird. Gimme a bit while I make sure my colour spaces are in order. Grrrrr.

    Edit: Fixed. Heres the result:

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    And for kicks I threw it through Topaz Clean. I think this looks cool.

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    Could do with a saturation bump, but meh...
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Send me the RAWs, dude. I'll rock your world!!! :)

    chris001

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    Ok. I did most of my work in ACR, which is actually rare but I didn't think the shots needed that much adjustment beyond it...

    So in the first one...

    In Adobe Camera RAW...
    - Temp 5450
    - Tint +1
    - Exposure 0
    - Recovery 0
    - Fill Light 5
    - Blacks 0
    - Brightness +50
    - Contrast +25
    - Clarity 0
    - Vibrance +57

    In Photoshop...
    - Smart Sharpen, 75%, 1 pixel
    - Blue saturation + 10


    I got this...

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    I'm working on the second one now.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I actually did the same settings on the second one, except I increased the exposure by 1.65 and I increased the saturation of the ENTIRE color range by about 12 points and THEN the blue by about 12-15 more.

    I came up with this...

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    In retrospect I think the whole-image saturation boost was a good thing. Brings out more of the red in the sand, which is nice and a lovely counterpoint to the blue of the sky.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    btw, I didn't bother to fix the horizon as I figured you could do that... and as much as I was tempted to try to crop them, I actually like them the way they are...

    EDIT: Whoa, I just looked at what music did. :lol: Holy CRAP dude. :lol: BTW, doing more than MAYBE 5-10 points on fill light does some really wonky crap to images. You have to have a very light touch with that slider.
     
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    invisible Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Great work everybody, thanks for spending time on these! Really cool to see everyone's own vision for the PP of the same image.

    Michael, I haven't received the jpgs... Would love to have them!

    Chris, RAW has saved my butt many times!
     
  11. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    No problem, man, glad to do it. I love photoshop challenges. :)

    You gotta tell us which you like best, btw. My fragile ego demands stroking! (or horrible abusive thrashing... whichever works for you... I'm flexible) :)

    Oh yeah, and RAW saves me constantly. :lol:
     
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    Manaheim, you're pretty cool. Pretty darn funny on the forums too.

    But your work stinks more than a skunk that's been dead for three days!

    ...

    Two in one? :lol:

    Your JPEGs are in the mail. ;)
     

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