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Before and After #504

 
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Jan 16, 2014 17:30 |  #1

The game will last 7 days and whoever can produce the best edited image (as judged by me) will be picked and it'll be their turn to post their unedited picture for all of us to take a crack at.

The participants must have their "Image Editing OK" turned on and they must provide at least a simple breakdown of how they edited the image, some entrants are a little vague on this point, please give us all details so we can learn and share tips. For instance if you use the unsharp mask tool or Smart Sharpen, provide us with the adjustments you used so others can try them out.

You can post multiple images, but the first image you post will be the one that is judged - all other images will be considered for knowledge and tip use only. Feel free to comment and/or ask questions at any time. This is a good competition for learning new methods, so let's make it a bit more dynamic. I will be judging edits, not comments. Feel free to comment on the original image as well.
If you happen to be the winner of the game please start the next one with the title of the game and the following number. For example…the next game should read "Before & After #505".

Submissions end, Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 6:00(ish) and a winner will be announced.

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Jan 19, 2014 01:35 |  #2

Hey Guys,
This seems like a lot of fun. I'm fairly new to all this so I'm always up to learn.

This picture I did a few things, I can give the highlights:

Added a GND filter to the top right to simulate, or accentuate the sunlight coming in.

Took the hue of the green down to -40 or so to give the image a more "sunset" vibe.

Pulled back a bit on the highlights and increased the shadows to +80 to give the image a little more dynamic range

Filled in the grass a bit to create more of an even curve and transition to dirt.

That's about it, it was a great photo to start with. The hat on the bench gives it a really unique feel.

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Jan 19, 2014 04:53 |  #3

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Jan 19, 2014 05:56 |  #4

Opened in Camera RAW and adjusted highlights, whites, blacks,clarity and vibrance, sharpened a bit then in CS6 selected RH of the (missing) tree bit and made selection and copied to new layer. Cropped square. Selected tree (shown) and put on own layer then arranged to mask out second tree. I was going to use content aware stuff but thought this easier. Selected hat, put on own layer and put in colour dodge mode to pop it. LAB colour boost, flattened image, duplicated put in multiply mode then masked out the middle with a large soft brush. Smart sharpen to finish.


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Jan 19, 2014 17:18 |  #5

Followed this "contest" for months, but never got to the point where I wanted to submit anything. Finally muscled up courage tonight ;)

I did some quick levels/curves adjustments to bring out the red/yellow colors. Used a radial gradient to on the masking to control it to look like sunlight. Did a few other curves adjustments and painted in where I wanted them to show up using layer masks. Then I duplicated the final image, desaturated, ran a high pass and painted in where I wanted to bring out extra detail.

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Jan 20, 2014 05:49 |  #6

Welcome to B&A Andy..


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Jan 20, 2014 07:53 as a reply to  @ NigelD's post |  #7

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Cloned out hat
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Adjusted color levels
Added lighting effect

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Jan 23, 2014 12:58 |  #8

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Cloned out bench, inserted bear (from bear mountain zoo NY), matched (somewhat) whitebalance, then played with topaz clean for the cartoon/painterly effect.

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Jan 23, 2014 18:12 |  #9

Thanks to all who entered this one.
I loved what rsharp76 did with it, I even did an edit of it mirroring his.
But I have to give this to Dawicka2 for that very creative edit. Congrats Dawicka2!
Runner up goes to rsharp76

Thanks also goes to NigelD for this tip "Selected hat, put on own layer and put in colour dodge mode to pop it" I have to admit it, I never knew about that, I learned something new, repeated it, and it worked perfectly.

Thanks again everyone.


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Jan 23, 2014 19:56 |  #10

Nice one, Dawicka. Couple minor misses (cloning artifacts and odd light source on the bear's head), but otherwise I knew it would be a winner at first glance. Very nicely done.

I liked Krottski's lens flare, too. Although there again, the flare isn't consistent with the direction of light. Still a nice touch.

rsharp76's light source tweak comes the closest to reality.

Love the hat color pop tweak, Nigel. Sensible crop, too.


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Jan 23, 2014 21:33 |  #11

Thanks :)
Nice color/light, rsharp76.

M_Six wrote in post #16631236 (external link)
odd light source on the bear's head

I doubt anyone would have had the balls to hold a reflector that close to the bear's head... So good call. :)


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Jan 24, 2014 04:06 |  #12

Good job on the bear and oil paint Dawicka2


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Jan 24, 2014 08:02 |  #13

Thanks, NigelD.

Your crop and color dodge method work very well for this image.


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