Retouching in Photoshop

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  1. dadaR6

    dadaR6 TPF Noob!

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    I dont really know where to put this post, so here it goes.
    A lot of image i am getting turn the same way as this one (I am not talking about composition, only about color, contrast...).
    Is there someone here that could spend 2 mins to try to adjust it, and post the different steps.

    Thanks in advance,
    David

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    Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast
    1. Decrease Brightness (-16)
    2. Increase Contrast (+29)
    Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation
    1. Increase Saturation (+27)
    2. Decrease Lightness (-14)
    Left Hue as is (0)
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    Thanks for the try. It definitely looks better.

    Anyone else? :?:

    Also do you guys have any idea why the original pic came out this way? :roll:
     
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    would love to try my knowledge but i can't see the original pic
     
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    Basically it's really flat, so I boosted contrast, saturation, sharpened it, and straightened it. My guess is it's about a stop overexposed due to all the brightness the haze is causing (the rocks/tree in the lower left-hand corner look ok).

    Not sure what graphics program you're using, but just using the "auto touchup" function would help a lot. Anyway, here's my stab at it:

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  6. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Here ya go.

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    In photoshop, I used a levels adjustment layer and brought the shadows slider up to the edge of the histogram, and the same for the highlights, then I used the shadow dropper and picked the shadow in the bottom middle and clicked it, to make that the darkest point. This increased the contrast tremendously. Then a saturation boost of 20, and a color balance with reds and yellows in the midtones and highlights (To correct that bluish cast), and a USM of 20%, 10, 0, and 500%, 0.2, 0. That's it.
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Beautiful photo btw :)
     
  8. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have found in Photoshop that a quick fix and a good starting place a picture like this, is to start with auto level and auto color. Auto level can be done with ctrl+shift+L, and auto color would be crtl+shift+B. You can also do this with Image->adjustment->auto level and image ->adjustment -> auto color.

    From there, I play around manually with contrast, etc. I am using photoshop 7.0 by the way, may differ with older/newer versions.
     
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    All the edits are definite improvements.
    Digital Matt, your edit is astounding!! :idea: :thumbsup:
     
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    I am just learning how to use curves, have done a few B&W's so I thought I would give this colour one a crack.

    I only used curves, but wasn't happy with the background so I selected that seperately then used curves again.

    At the end I added +8 saturation to add to that red rock a bit more.

    A tutorial on curves can be found here: http://www.gurusnetwork.com/tutorial/curves/

    Hope that helps :)

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