vibrance challenge!

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  1. magicmonkey

    magicmonkey TPF Noob!

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    Here's a photoshop challenge for you, I took this picture becasue the colours were really vibrant and as my name's Ben I thought it might make a good avatar or something, the problem is that it looks quite washed out and I really can't work out how to get it looking as vivid as it did in RL without setting the saturation up so high that it ruins the photo!

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    Any help would really be appreciated!

    *EDIT* I think I should also get the award for longest ever sentence! *EDIT*
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Something like this then? Or have I overdone things now?

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    Oops. That has become small..........:(
     
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    Almost something like that yeah, it looks like it's a bit over saturated though and I'm after a really 'natural' feel to the shot. It might just appear over saturated because it's been shrunk as well though!
     
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    I've just had a play about with it and I think it was because it was small that it looked over saturated! So what changes did you make to it?

    ps. Thanks as well!!! :p
     
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    I shifted the curves a little, just so you get a vibrant "Ben" but don't lose too much of the wood in the lefthand bottom corner, and added a +10 of saturation.
     
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    wonderfluff, thanks LaFoto, I'll have a go at that when I get home! Well, maybe tomorrow morning, it is Friday after all :)
     
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    Here's another attempt. Not sure that it's any different than LaFoto's?

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    Well, it definitely is bigger!
    And I guess you saved the wood even better.
    You work differently with PS --- I am sure you use things that I hear mentioned all the time and know nothing about, such as channel mixers and all such things --- or even different layers?
    I still haven't found out how all this layer-"business" works...
     
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    Thanks Woodsac! Could you tell me what you did to it as well?
     
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    Saturation was adjusted by individual colors. Tiny levels adjustment, brightness/contrast and some shadow/hilight tweaks.

    All pretty basic adjustments. I think what helped the most was the shadow/hilight. By lightening the shadows you bring out more detail. Then I could up the contrast a little to darken up the colors. That way you don't have to try and make your colors pop with saturation.
     
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    Thanks for all the help guys :) I've had a play around and you can see the results at the top. I couldn't find where to play around with the shadows/highlights though, could you point me in the right direction?
     
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    I'm using PS CS2.
    Go to >Image >Adjustments >Shadow/Highlights
     

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