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Before & After #256

 
BitterSweet
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Feb 08, 2010 08:17 |  #1

This game is to help those of us who are trying to learn new tricks when it comes to editing.

Here's the breakdown of the game. I will post a picture that I choose, resized to exactly 1024 pixels maximum on the long side. Outside of being resized it has to be unedited...meaning no adjustments to any levels, it has to look like it did as it came out of the camera.

The game will last 72hrs 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.

Also, please keep all comments, be they positive or negative, to yourself until after the game has ended.

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 #257".

This contest ends at 10:00pm EST Wed, Feb 10th, 2010

I would love to see what everyone can do with this :) Let me know if you guys might need the larger size of it.

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Feb 08, 2010 09:22 |  #2

Could you please link to a pic with higher resolution?

This looks interesting! :D


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Feb 08, 2010 09:54 |  #3

yes, definitely larger size please :)




  
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Feb 08, 2010 10:58 as a reply to  @ VBengland.com's post |  #4

Could you please link to a pic with higher resolution?

yes, definitely larger size please :smile:

"exactly 1024 pixels maximum on the long side"
I'm sure there is a reason for this rule. :rolleyes: do you really need all those extra pixels?

Anyways, here is my submission: Pop-art Susie

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I've done a crap load to this image:
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Including shadow/highlights, heal, portraiture 2, and other minor tweaks.
Edit: small update.

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Feb 08, 2010 10:59 |  #5

No problem link should be up at the top I hope it helps I'm not 100% sure how to put a full size image on here lol photobucket makes it smaller.


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Feb 08, 2010 11:09 |  #6

The high-res version is kinda soft :confused: ... I don't think people will miss anything by downloading the smaller one.
And yes, Photobucket is limited to either 1024x768 or 1mb, unless you have a pro account.


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Feb 08, 2010 11:10 |  #7

LR2 - WB, Tone, +Recovery, +Clarity, +Exposure, +Fill Light
CS2 - USM, Curves x's 3, Clone, Blur, Dodge, Sharpen, Time to go 60's pin up style, get rid of background, Iron out that dress, slight tummy tuck & chest enhancement via liquify tool, paint daubs, flatten image, Color Balance to give 60's style'esc' coloring, saturation -10, saturate select items, resize, border

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Feb 08, 2010 14:20 as a reply to  @ Lore's post |  #8

Ok, here is mine. Used the first low res pic. I'll post my changes later, I don't have the time right now.

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Feb 09, 2010 06:45 |  #9

LR2: Auto tone, fill light, straighten horizon :lol:, vibrance, calibration red +
PS CS2: burn + dodge to accentuate make up, resize, sharpen for web

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Feb 09, 2010 09:16 |  #10

Curves for highlights
curves for contrast
Cloned bra strap marks on back with 15% opacity
Cleaned up skin with healing brush
Ran skin smoothing action
Desaturated
Re-sized
Sharpened with multiple passes of unsharpmask

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Feb 09, 2010 12:33 |  #11

1. Adjust level and contrast
2. Add A Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer Above The Background Layer
3. Use The Channel Mixer To Create A Black And White Version Of The Image
4. Apply The Gaussian Blur Filter
5. Blend layer

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Feb 09, 2010 14:10 |  #12

Brought into ACR bumped fill, vibrance, clarity and lowered sat, then opened in PS3
Skin smoothing layer (went a bit over on it, but I thought it sorta fit)
Another layer to fix wrinkles in dress.
Bumped the Sat of shoes, scarf and some of the car.
I think that was about it.

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Feb 09, 2010 19:54 as a reply to  @ sandstrom's post |  #13

would be nice to have this one explained.




  
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Feb 09, 2010 19:54 |  #14

sandstrom wrote in post #9567727 (external link)
Ok, here is mine. Used the first low res pic. I'll post my changes later, I don't have the time right now.

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Could you explain this one? Please. How did you achieve these results.




  
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Feb 10, 2010 04:44 |  #15

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Here is my turn using photoshop and large version of the picture:
1.) removing rubbish on the floor with healing brush
2.) removing skin imperfections with healing brush
3.) detailed separation background from the subject (creating mask)
4.) increasing brightness of the background using curves (moving curve up to the value output: 171, input: 64)
5.) creating levels layer and adding inverted mask from previous layer. Then moving white arrow into the middle from 255 to 233 so that subject should get brighter a little bit.
6.) copying subject layer with the mask and adding smart sharpen filter (i think i have used values: amount: 184% and defaults for the rest)
7.) Increasing saturation for blues only by +38 (just for the scarf).
8.) saving picture and running through noise reduction software (noiseware) and using option "full suppression"
9.) final touches by removing top right edge of the house and using dodge tool to remove annoying house shaddow near her head



  
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