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Posted By: button, 04-27-2008, 05:29 PM

Here's one of my 18 month old. I thought the moment was pretty cool, so I went to work in photoshop:

1) A "blue" layer on the left, and a "green" layer on the right, both developed separately in camera raw, then opened in PS. I blended the two w/ a diagonal gradient mask

2) A third B&W layer on the top (greyscale from camera raw, seasoned extra crunchy) blended in normal mode, at about 40%, w/ selective masking to "paint in" desaturation on her face and arms (thanks to Benjikan for that method). I also desaturated the blue in the "whites" of her eyes.

3) A "midtone sharpening" step, using a high pass layer, blended in "vivid light" mode, w/ "blend if" sliders set to 50, 100, 150, 200 (got that from the "CS3 for photographers" book). I painted it off of her skin but selectively painted it onto the water droplets.

For some reason, I had the song "Perfect Way" by Scritti Politti going through my head while PP'ing. Hope 'ya dig it (as you can see, I did, so I made it my avatar).

John

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Sweet technique! Looks awesome.

You have a very cute daughter!

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04-27-2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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Terrific capture. What does the original shot look like. On my monitor, your beautiful daughter as a light purple cast on her left side.

How's everything in Nashville?

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Terrific capture. What does the original shot look like. On my monitor, your beautiful daughter as a light purple cast on her left side.

How's everything in Nashville?

Jer (Vanderbilt, Ph.D., class of '72)
Here's the original, followed by the first blue to green fade. As you can see, with the final image I toned down the colors a bit w/ the desat layer, but I wanted to keep some of the original color contrast. Oh, and everything's great in Nashvegas!

John

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Very slick. The effect is pronounced, I like it. The final product kinda give the eyes that sense of mischief - not sure I like that.

I happen to know a guy named Eric in ChattaVegas. Weird.
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