Help with edit - lighting and color enhancement

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by V, Feb 10, 2009.

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    V Guest

    Hi all,

    Please find 2 links below of containing the same image, one "before"
    edit and one "after." I don't know how the artist was able to get this
    amazing effect with photoshop.

    In words, she was ale to get a silvery metallic look to the dress,
    making it brighter at the same time but without loosing the details
    (would happen if increase contrast too much). I also see a slight
    color enhancement...but tried many times without luck. If you have any
    idea how this was done, Please help me out. I'm desperate for a
    similar effect. If you can, please be specific too, for I'm not a many of you.

    Before:[email protected]/3268970228/

    After:[email protected]/3268970282/


    V, Feb 10, 2009
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    ronviers Guest

    Only had that tiny image to work with but:

    Duplicate background twice
    Threshold layer with a level of around 200
    Merge down
    Gaussian blur that layer with radius around 2
    Apply that layer to the other duplicated layer as a mask
    Blend the layer to the background – linear burn looks pretty close

    You can get much closer with a little playing around.
    ronviers, Feb 10, 2009
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    V Guest

    I'm so sorry about the small size images....But thank you so much for
    your help, I'll try your suggestions as soon as I can today.

    Again, Thanks!,

    V, Feb 11, 2009
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    ronviers Guest

    You're welcome. Let me know if you need any help getting the look you
    are after.
    ronviers, Feb 11, 2009
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    V Guest


    I tried your suggestions and was able to get the metallic effect just
    fine, thank you very much with that. I followed your comment but
    skipped the part where you apply one layer as a mask over the other, I
    wasn't quite sure how to do that...But it turns out great

    With this trick, however, I still a little off from where I want to
    go. I created 2 links for 2 entirely different images below, I think
    these point more directly at the effect I want.

    You will see that the After is visibly sharper (but sharpen is simple
    not enough), the faces seem much brighter or whiter, there is a warm
    photo filter on (I believe), and the dress does slightly has the kind
    of metallic still (per my previous question). I know that this is a
    work of a master and takes a lot of skill to achieve, but all I really
    want to know is how to get the faces whiter and the image sharper like

    Before:[email protected]/3270695151/

    After:[email protected]/3271515310/



    About the photos: These are my personal photo, and as such I do have
    all permissions to use and publish them.
    V, Feb 11, 2009
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    ronviers Guest

    Hmmm. It looks like they used a curves adjustment layer to bring down
    the blues but I am not really a photo retouching person - I'm better
    at effects. This is getting into one of those areas where I start
    offending people. Hopefully one of the retouch experts will weigh in.
    If not, you can post this question at and get
    the opinions of real experts.

    Good luck,
    ronviers, Feb 11, 2009
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    ronviers Guest

    I forgot to mention how to add a layer as a mask. This is probably not
    a very good way but it works. Maybe someone will suggest an easier

    Control+click then control+c on the icon of the layer to use as a
    mask. Select the layer that to be masked, then click the mask button
    at the bottom of the layers palette. Then alt+click on the new mask
    then control+v.
    ronviers, Feb 11, 2009
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    V Guest

    Thank you very much for all your Help! I really appreciated it.

    V, Feb 11, 2009
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    johnnyblain Guest

    I can see how you would go with the threshold method alright...
    here's another to try

    1. select the dress - depends on how you want to go about it,
    calculations is usually the best but most difficult to work out, and
    will give a less "photoshopped" effect, otherwise magnetc lasso it,
    magic wand it whatever you like
    2. with this selection active make a new levels adjustment layer - to
    get to his level I'd leave black at 0 mid's at .5 whites at 235
    3. put an unsharp mask layer on it on it (I'd mask this myself but he
    4. add a curves layer and put an "s" shaped curve on -- in the curves
    dialog click on the quarter points ( the are four on the line going
    from the bottom left up to the top right, so go one "square" up the
    line and click here this will give you an anchor point, with your down
    arrow bring this down just a little, now click on the line where it
    intersects with the third line (going from left to right) (it will no
    longer be on the intersection but a little below it), with your up
    arrow bring this back to the intersection, and then just a little
    above it.. this is an okay (but better that brightness/contrast tool)
    for adding contrast, there are much more elegant solutions that
    produce no color shift at all and masses of contrast but they are very
    complex to describe (easy to do just complex to describe)

    The color shift IMHO is an unintentional artifact of whatever method
    he used to add contrast--not ideal

    These steps certainly got me fairly close to his final image at a
    quick stab in the dark

    Always always always (i could go on) use adjustment layers esp. when
    working with jpegs as this allows you to undo your work without losing
    any image quality in the process, all of the steps(excepting the
    unsharp mask) described above are compressive and therefore "lossy" I
    hate that!

    johnnyblain, Feb 13, 2009
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    johnnyblain Guest

    The second one looks like he just used adjustment layer-photo filter-
    johnnyblain, Feb 13, 2009
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