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Old 03-10-2005, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone help me with this photo? I want to tone down the lighting on her chest. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-10-2005, 03:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't tell if it's totally blown out or not from this image. It doesn't look like it is. If it isn't, there are several approaches you could try. Off the top of my head:

1) You could try using the Dodge tool to selectively lower the exposure values on the areas you want darkened.

2) You could try color-sampling an area that has the right skin color and airbrushing it lightly (flow set to 20% or less, opacity set to 50% or less) over the area to be fixed. I find that this sometimes works better to soften hotspots than using the clone or healing tools, but I've never tried it on a large area.

3) You could try setting the cloning stamp or the healing brush to "darken" and sampling an area with the desired tonal values over the area you want fixed.

I'm sure there are a zillion other ways to do it.

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Old 03-10-2005, 05:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, there are a bunch of ways to do it.
I would suggest playing with the shadow/highlight tool in PS.

Hope you don't mind me playing with it a bit...
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Never use the dodge and burn tools. . .
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on your original. Better never to use them at all.Use instead an new layer filled with 50% gray mode set to soft light and use the black and white brushes as the dodge and burn tools this way you have more control and if you don't like it you can start over. Having said that I think there is a better way to do this. Copy the image to a new layer. Make a levels adjustment layer and darken the whole image until the chest is where you want it. You may find that when you do this there is a tonal change so using the green and blue sliders in the levels dialog adjust the colors until they match the original. Once that is done create a mask. If the darkened image is on top create a "reveal" (black) mask by holding down the alt/option key while creating the mask. With the lighter image revealed use a soft brush set to about 20% opacity and paint (white) in the darker chest. Again by using layers and masks you have far greater control over the whole process and if you can't fix it you've destroyed nothing except maybe your ego.

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I don't mind at all. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Now if I can get someone to walk me step by step through the process of working on her chest. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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I couldn't pass this up. You are talking about the photograph, right? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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