Need help with this picture

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  1. rprimeau95

    rprimeau95 TPF Noob!

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    Hi I took these pictures of my daughter one after the other using the flash and found it interesting how the lighting was so different one washed out, one dark and one ok. I didn't move not sure why this one in particular is so washed out and of coarse it is my favorite the cutest smile ever. I have tried my best to fix it and can't seem to get the skin tone normal. I haven't mastered fixing shadows and over exposures just yet.

    Can it be fixed to look normal and not washed out? I Need help if anyone has the time and is up for the challenge please help/fix for me. I wanted to use this in our Christmas cards.

    Here is the one Before and after (I am providing links to the larger format for correcting so I will have the larger format)

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    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/primeau/Baby Prayz/6076orig.jpg

    After I tried to fix her face is still washed out

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    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/primeau/Baby Prayz/hohoprayz12x8crp.jpg

    These are the others I took see how different the lighting was one is darker the other seems to be ok the flash was used on all of them.

    dark

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    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/primeau/Baby Prayz/6072.jpg

    lighting ok

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    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/primeau/Baby Prayz/6073.jpg
     
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    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    Unfixable. Blown out is blown out.
     
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    Sometimes when I blow out a shot like this I take it to the other extreme and turn it into an art piece. You could b&w, colorize it, antique it. Be creative.
     
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    Hmm that is too bad with all that can be done to photo's restoration and such I would of though it could be done. So I am clear is "blown out" another term for washed out? over exposure? sorry never heard that term.

    thanks for your response
     
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    rprimeau95 TPF Noob!

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    Yes I do this all the time when a pic is to hard to color correct like this I will do it b&w or colorize it as well as antique it I was hoping to capture her blue eyes. If I only knew how to do that look where only the eyes show color blue and the hat stays red and the rest of the picture is b&w anyone know how to do that? if so what is that called? I do not have photoshop I have Paint Shop Pro 12
     
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    Like I said if I could figure out how to keep her eyes her pretty blue and that hat red I would be very happy
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    Well, you can, of course, do selective colouring, but I am not sure I am totally fond of the result:

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    In doing the selective colouring, I spared out her pupils since in the original photo they are not black but quite a bit purple, maybe that is why her eyes now look sort of fake...!?!?
     
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    rprimeau95 TPF Noob!

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    well first let me thank you for trying, my little guy who is three walked up and said that is a scary one that looks like the Sinch! in his language that would mean the "Grinch" he saw him on tv the other night and was yelling mom...mom.. change that channel that Sinch is scary. LOL :lmao:

    About her eyes they are really that deep of blue the light blue I don't care for not sure if I care for it. How did you do the color selection?

    The skin tone is too cartoonish not sure if that is what I mean on this one if I can accomplish the same coloring I have in the sepia and the bw I did and get that hat and eyes to remain I would again be very happy.
     
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    Real shame - very hard with blown out areas, but there is a photoshop action (on my web site) that will help a little - and trying to add a little shadowing, gives this...
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    Sorry I cant do any better without painting the detail in, if you want the full res then http://www.broadhurst-family.co.uk/Photos/6076orig.jpg

    Happy Chrismas
     
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    When something is blown out, that means that there is "no information" in those areas. No details. So, no, you can't bring details back, where there are none.
    But I love the idea of being creative with it. Blow it out even more, or throw a texture overlay on it. I've made the same mistake before, and there are fun ways to fix it.
     

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