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Dec 10, 2013 11:38 |  #16

xarik, I just opened your photo in LR and the number appeared on it after export. I can remove my edit from the site if you wish as I don't know how to prevent your number from appearing. Here are the adjustments:

temp +10
exposure +0.12
contrast -5
highlights +19
shadows +14
white clipping +7
black clipping +21
clarity -12
vibrance +14
saturation +7
red saturation -11
orange saturation -22
yellow saturation +29
sharpness +55
luminance +26

If I was to do it again, I would increase blacks or perhaps decrease exposure, as they do look a bit washed out in my edit. As for the skin correction, I used adjustment brush to decrease saturation on the man's face and ear, did some spot removal and applied a bit of skin softening on both.

I hope it helps. Btw, that's a really nice photo.




  
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Dec 10, 2013 11:40 |  #17

I've saved the photo for my viewing abilities so you can go ahead and delete that :) Prefer to keep my number private


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Dec 10, 2013 22:28 |  #18

How did you smooth out the skin though? Or is this all you did?


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Dec 10, 2013 22:31 |  #19

And I don't have those options really lol. I have PS CS5 btw


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Dec 10, 2013 22:55 |  #20

That's all I did. I started with general adjustments (listed). Then I desaturated man's face (-45) and ear (-98) using adjustment brush. I removed red marks from his forehead using spot removal (heal) brush and then I used clarity adj brush (-100) on his forehead, cheeks and nose area. On the lady, I just did a bit of 'soften skin' around her eyes, -6 saturation all over her face and extra sharpening (+52) to her eyes. It will look better if u increase contrast a bit.

EDIT: I use LR5 but I am sure you will be able to get the same result in PS. Or if u struggle, just download the trial version of the LR and see if it will work for u.




  
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Dec 10, 2013 22:58 |  #21

...I need more help apparently lol. I guess I'm fairly new to editing so I'll do some looking up of where to find these brushes and how to use them, they will help a great deal in the future too :)


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Dec 10, 2013 23:30 |  #22

I would strongly advise you to get the LR. It's very straightforward and intuitive. It lacks many of the PS's options but it will allow you to learn the basics of editing and once you master these, you will be able to progress to more advanced software.




  
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Dec 10, 2013 23:33 |  #23

I have LR 4.3....I honestly don't like it :/ I tried it and it feels slow (not in speed but in mastering) it obnoxious with how it creates folders "for me" and the importing system is ridiculous at best (Can't select certain ones (sections), either the entire folder or go one by one with tiny images). I don't understand the brushes and such because it just isn't very clear...I can give it a shot again, but I hate the mess it makes on my hard drive


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Dec 10, 2013 23:35 |  #24

I want to second the motion made by Mag...I have PS CS5, but also run LR 4. LR is so much easier to use for many of the common adjustments we make, that it has almost made my PS application obsolete. I doubt I run 5% of my images through PS, and then mostly for adding text. And best yet, LR is very affordable for such a powerful image editor, and it is a great way to catalog your work.

Edit: Ok, you've tried it...I'll shut up now!


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Dec 10, 2013 23:36 |  #25

...great...now when I opened it there's a second window opening with it that displays the image I'm on...it takes up my entire second monitor and I can't figure out how to get rid of it -.- I went to the window tab and don't see any options


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Dec 10, 2013 23:37 |  #26

Ok got rid of it lol. Yeh time for some tutorials on this...but it's really frustrating when I've been used to PS for the past few months :/. I'll figure out how to import Signatures and stuff too then


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Dec 10, 2013 23:43 |  #27

Check out YouTube or Abode TV for video tutorials from Matt Kloskowski or Scott Kelby. They'll get you started.


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Dec 10, 2013 23:52 |  #28

That's helpful! I took another quick try at it and it isn't so bad once you get to the screen and layout the way I want it. I have to figure out spot healing, selection, brightness and vibrance things (in selection as I like to raise brightness of subject and reduce it in the background a bit)...I'll look at this more :) Thanks guys, you are great!


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Dec 10, 2013 23:54 |  #29

xarik wrote in post #16517900 (external link)
I have LR 4.3....I honestly don't like it :/ I tried it and it feels slow (not in speed but in mastering) it obnoxious with how it creates folders "for me" and the importing system is ridiculous at best (Can't select certain ones (sections), either the entire folder or go one by one with tiny images). I don't understand the brushes and such because it just isn't very clear...I can give it a shot again, but I hate the mess it makes on my hard drive

As for your importing issues, in the LR you can select sections of images to be imported by using the SHIFT key. Brushes are the integral element of every photo editing program.




  
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Dec 10, 2013 23:57 |  #30

Yeh this spot healing brush is garbage compared to the one in PS, maybe I have the wrong one?


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