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Old 01-29-2006, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The model in this picture has black hair which is the same as the background. Is there any way in PS to make her not blend in with the background? If not, any ideas to enhance this photo? Maybe an oval frame or something?

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Old 01-29-2006, 08:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a tough situation but the good news is that the hair "info" looks like it is still technically in the picture. If you still have a high quality version of the image, you could throw a Levels Layer on the image, adjust midtones and the highlights, and maybe use a mask to prevent the background from getting brighter.

Now, to help prevent that in the future, it helps to use some additional light for just the hair or light the background to provide some separation.
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Old 01-29-2006, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In this case the most realistic result would be obtained by changing the background to someting lighter. If you want to email me a good quality version I'll do a couple of versions for you.

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Old 01-29-2006, 10:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Mike! I just sent it to you!
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Hi Pete,

I can't see the picture, just a link address to a web page.

I'm not sure how others managed to comment, but I had to copy the address from your message and paste it into the address bar on my browser.

You need to put the full address of the image file between the "image" tags, not the address of the web page.

If you go to the webpage that has your picture on it, you should be able to rightclick on the image and pull up the properties window. This will show you the address for the jpeg file. When I did it I got "http://img1.modelmayhem.com/060129/19/43dd67d2cce8b.jpg"

If you place this between the image tags it should work.



Hope this helps, and you don't mind me reposting your picture.
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Thanks for the tip on placing the photo in the post! It worked.
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Thanks Mike! I just sent it to you!

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Did you get my reply?

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Yes, I got it. You did a great job on the picture! Please re-post here if you want to!

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Ok, This is what I did. I masked the model, supplied a new background and a vignette, created some shadows and applied a curves adjustment layer.

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