Pre/Post PS, tell me what you think...

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  1. LeeLeeMelis

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    Hey there, I'm really working on my post processing techniques. The first one is the original image and the second is my idea of what a good post processed image should look. I lightened the image, boosted the saturation, and selectivley dodged the eyes to try and make them pop more. I know the original image is dark but let me know what you think I should/shouldnt have done and what you would do to make this image effective. Thanks!
     

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    I think the kid on the right needs to brush his teeth ;)

    But seriously, the post-PS one is definitely a lot better, the pre-PS one is just too dark for my tastes.
     
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    i agree that the second looks better, but on my monitor (its old, so it may just be the monitor) it looks a little hazy?

    if its ok with you, i wouldnt mind trying an edit on it. i know it says your photos are OK to edit, but with a picture like that, i would rather ask first.
     
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    thanks for asking, go ahead and show me your edit. Please tell me what you did though I really want to get better at photoshop. Heres another question, what is sharpening in USM mean?
     
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    I opened up with curves, brightened the teeth, opened up a little more on the face of the boy on the left, softened it overall then sharpened it.


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    Great work! Thanks for helping me out!
     
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    Not a problem, I like the practice.
     
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    The edit by heip is awesome! It brought some needed contrast into the image as well.

    USM means unsharp mask, which can be found in photoshop under Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. This allows you to control sharpening much better than if you were to use an "auto" sharpen.

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    i dont use Photoshop, so im not sure if it has the same tools as what i do use, PaintShop Pro X.

    i used the clarify tool to get rid of the hazy look, increased the saturation a little bit (10), whitened the teeth, sharpened the eyes very slightly, bumped up the contrast a little (12), and then used the noise removal tool (35).

    after that, i opened the picture in the trial version of LightZone 3 i downloaded and lightened the shadows in their faces and lightened the dark spots around the eyes.

    after saving again, i opened it in PaintShop Pro again and decreased the brightness a small amount, sharpened the entire image, and then used the soften tool on a couple spots around the knees and on the boy on the rights neck to get rid of some noise i got from sharpening the entire image, and saved it.

    i did the edits last night at 4am, so i may have forgotten a step or 2. it looks a tiny bit smooth IMO, but adding a little bit of noise might help it look a little better.

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    After all of the help I have been graciously given on this image this is what I have come up with. Let me know what you think and if you think certain areas should be changed. I messed with Curves a bit but it's going to take me some time to get used to that tool so this was done with levels.
     

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    Its still a bit underexposed. You might want to adjust the levels.
     
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    I think with the underexposure you are going to have alot of trouble with this image being flat. I think John05 did the best edit job so far.
     

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