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Moderate / Re: New baby
« Last post by Lynnya on October 09, 2021, 09:39:05 AM »
Thanks JoAnn.. not too much to fix.. :up:
The Tool Bar / Re: NPR in LaPlace
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on October 08, 2021, 11:41:05 PM »
Interesting, although very, very sad.
General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Tori803 on October 08, 2021, 08:42:55 PM »
I really like that Motion Blur trick too. Photoshop offers so many tools it's hard to learn how many options you have available!
Moderate / Re: New baby
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on October 08, 2021, 07:45:40 PM »
I think you're getting close, but I see a few things that don't match up to what I see in the original. I hope these two versions help explain. First is your WIP with outlines overlaid (I made the outlines over the blue channel in the original). Second is some quick and dirty edits I made over your WIP to illustrate what I think it should look like

1. The guy's tee shirt has a pale section behind the blue on the top of the sleeves (a raglan sleeve with blue and the front and back of the tee are paler white/gray (ish))

2. The cushions in your WIP are not quite as I see in the blue channel - he's made a pillow mountain behind him.

3. I think the shorts leg is a few inches longer than you show

4. I think the blanket behind the baby is blue and meets up with the blue blanket you've shown wrapped under the guy's arm. I've hinted at it with a blue overlay - i.e. mine doesn't match but I think it's one blanket and you can steal the texture/color from the part you already did

5. I think the sofa by the window is a more neutral color - less blue

6. I think the black lines on the wall are not actually vertical in the photo - slightly tilted to the left. Not sure what on earth it is though.

I added a layer with some shadows to bring out the cushion shapes a bit better

There are some texture glitches to take care of but you'll take care of those as you finish up.

Hope this helps
The Tool Bar / NPR in LaPlace
« Last post by Bambi on October 08, 2021, 07:13:43 PM »
Story on All Things Considered about the damage and people in LaPlace, LA. No reference to OPR, but interesting since we're seeing the images.
Moderate / Re: New baby
« Last post by Lynnya on October 08, 2021, 05:23:46 PM »
I've come to a grinding halt..what needs doing please gang.

General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Bambi on October 07, 2021, 02:36:29 PM »
I learned the Motion Blur trick from Hannie.

Merging Layers: If you hold down the Shift-Option-Command keys and press e (on Mac), it will merge all visible layers without deleting them. You have the new merged layer and all the other layers and adjustment layers intact. I set a key on my Wacom.

Fade: If you make an adjustment, but it seems to be a little too much, before you do anything else go to Edit>Fade (name of tool) and adjust the intensity of the change. Sometimes I intentionally remove a harsh highlight, then use the Fade function to get the adjustment just right.

Patch Tool: The Content-Aware Patch tool is excellent, but sometimes leaves a blurry edge around the selection. Switch to Normal and click Destination, which works the opposite. Select a good patch and drag it over the damage. For accurate selections use the Selection tool or Lasso, then switch to the Patch tool and use that same selection.

Spot Healing: Sometimes on a color image, the Spot Healing brush has trouble deciding which surrounding color to match. Switch to Darken Mode and repair the light spots, then Lighten to clean up the dark spots. Sometimes for blend skin tones, I go over it again in Normal. Saved these images I restored for a friend.

General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Mhayes on October 07, 2021, 01:28:34 PM »
Hi Jan, welcome to the Forum. As Lynn mentioned color correction is the 1st step and not doing it will mess you up later on. The Technique's Handbook that was mentioned can only be accessed if you are logged into the forum, otherwise it doesn't show up. The Technique Handbook show three different ways of doing a color correction.

Moderate / Re: New baby
« Last post by Lynnya on October 07, 2021, 12:31:54 PM »
Yes helps thanks JoAnn.  :up:
General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Lynnya on October 07, 2021, 12:06:01 PM »
Re the motion blur (love this tool) here are some quick down and dirty examples:

I cloned, patched, and generally messed up the curtain.. painted it in a color blend mode. All this after color correction.  I used to color correct at the end.. I had so many failures as my edits and patches would all go wrong so now I always color correct first thing. That is also what OPR recommends.. you can tweak it any ole time but best to start off with the correct color.  I use a curves adjustment finding black/white and neutral areas.. if you look in the color correct tutorials it would help you.
I selected the curtain as best I could and used the blur-motion blur with the angle straight down. The first attempt I sent in was not so good so I went over it again with more motion blur and this is the result.  Not perfect but better. Remember when you motion blur the blur will extend over the ends where you don't want them so mask and rub out those little areas. It's easy to forget them. Hope this helps someone... it sure helped me.

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