Does anyone know how this is done

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Mack, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. Mack

    Mack Guest

    http://www.andrzejdragan.com/foto/foto37.jpg

    i've tried so many things but i dont get this brown and red tone in my
    pictures..

    anreaz dragan sell his technique for 300 ? but i dont want to do that.. it
    cant be so compicated .. i hope!

    thanks for help!
    Markus
     
    Mack, Feb 2, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    This is a dramatic photograph to begin with, and most of its effect is not
    due to a single Photoshop technique.

    It has been color corrected by a very skilled person, IMHO. Try converting
    to Lab, sharpening the Lightness channel very drastically, and using curves
    to make the a and b channels less steep, effectively turning your image into
    a slightly colorized black and white image. Move the centers of the a and b
    channel to get the overall color that you want.
     
    Mike Russell, Feb 2, 2006
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  3. Mack

    Mack Guest

    Mack, Feb 2, 2006
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    Paul Burdett Guest

    Mike,
    Could you please clarify how to "move the centres of the a & b
    channels"...do you mean using the curves dialogue?
    Cheers,
    Paul
     
    Paul Burdett, Feb 2, 2006
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  5. Mack

    Mike Russell Guest

    ....
    Yes. Convert to Lab mode. In the curves dialog, moving the center of
    either the a or b curve will create an overall color change. A small change
    has a large effect. In general, this sort of move is used to remove an
    overall color cast, and not to add one.

    The a curve controls magenta and green, and the b curve controls blue and
    yellow. , including moving the endpoints of the a or b curve (usually both)
    to change the slope of the line. This will increase or decrease the amount
    of color. Color variation and color saturation may both be controlled this
    way, all without altering the Lightness of the image, and any number of
    dramatic effects are possible.
     
    Mike Russell, Feb 2, 2006
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  6. Mack

    Mack Guest

    yes this was i great tip!
    i've never tried to do my chages in lab mode bevore.
    I think whith these stepts i can get close to this style!

    i think it is also necessary to do some dodge and burn to increase the
    contrast of the shodows..

    Markus
     
    Mack, Feb 2, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    I'm delighted that you've discovered Lab. It's a new world.

    Yes, making the shadows very deep and keeping contrast is another feature of
    the original example image. Keep in mind that you can curve the Lightness
    channel, and make your shadows more dark and dramatic, without affecting
    your new colors.

    Other tools in Photoshop, such as Shadow and Highlight, and the various
    layer modes also behave differently in Lab than in RGB.
     
    Mike Russell, Feb 2, 2006
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  8. Mack

    Paul Burdett Guest

    Thank you Mike...your info is much appreciated.
    Paul
     
    Paul Burdett, Feb 2, 2006
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  9. Mack

    Flo Nelson Guest


    Thanks much for the tips. I tried it on a rather standard portrait photo and
    the effect was dramatic!

    Flo
     
    Flo Nelson, Feb 2, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    [re correcting in Lab]
    Hi Flo,

    This is the tip of the Lab iceberg. If you want more info, there is a new
    book called "Photoshop Lab Color" by Dan Margulis that goes into detail on
    many Lab manipulations. One of the examples in the book - chapter 2 -
    involves increasing the color variation of portraits. (Search
    www.amazon.com for margulis lab)

    The curvemeister color correction class starts this Sunday, and also deals
    with Lab for increasing saturation and removing color shifts, and setting
    skin tones.
    http://www.curvemeister.com/downloads/Class/
     
    Mike Russell, Feb 2, 2006
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  11. Mack

    Pointy Thing Guest

    Mike Warren has an excellent dragan effect action at
    http://www.atncentral.com/download.htm
    It is listed under "Dragan Action".

    Cheers

    Swampy
     
    Pointy Thing, Feb 4, 2006
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    Harry Limey Guest

    Mike Warren has an excellent dragan effect action at
    Lots of fascinating items there - thanks Swampy!
     
    Harry Limey, Feb 4, 2006
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  13. Mack

    Mack Guest

    ok. i know it..

    it is not an action.. first turn your images in b/w . than add an new
    layer, set the mode zu overly an then paint with a soft brush the colors you
    want. *g*

    greetings markus
     
    Mack, Feb 9, 2006
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    airborne Guest

    Let me just add that I think Andrzej Dragan's work is beautiful and I
    aspire to reach his proficiency with Photoshop light effects.
     
    airborne, Feb 10, 2006
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