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Old May 5, 2005, 9:17 PM   #1
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Help!! This is one of my favorite photos of my wife and our dog, I took it late in the day and I can't seem to get the colors like they should be. Can any of you work a little magic with this?? Thanks in advance!

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Old May 5, 2005, 10:22 PM   #2
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I moved this to a forum that relates more to your request...
Also, the colors are so saturated & the highlights so blown out, it might be better to convert it to B&W , Sepia or duo-tone (which I did here):
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Old May 5, 2005, 11:37 PM   #3
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Here's my attempt. I did some minor levels adjustment, pulled the reds and yellows down a bit in an adjustment layer, and cooled the overall mix.

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<edit> Looking at this again, it looks like I've over-compensated a little. I should have saved the layers so I could take another shot at it. :roll:

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Old May 6, 2005, 12:00 AM   #4
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Here's my shot. Tried to reduce the brightness of the hightlights, reduced saturation and decreased the red a bit.
Changed it. Decided to let Elemets fix it with auto fix and then reduce saturation a bit. I thind Elements did a better job than I could by eye.
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Old May 6, 2005, 1:20 AM   #5
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Late afternoon sun can give that golden glow that lots of folks find attractive. Without knowing exactly what the colors should be, I'm guessing on the color balance. I tend to be biased a bit toward the cool side. Once the saturation is lowered, the blown highlights on the cheek and nose become more noticeable. For small areas as you have in this photo, I like to add a bit of grain, which gives the appearance of texture.

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Old May 6, 2005, 5:05 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone!

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Old May 6, 2005, 1:58 PM   #7
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wow, that is hard, I guess those aren`t meant to be color corrected, here is an attempt, but I admit with all the work I do in PS, I never quite had a shot like this so I was a little stumped...
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Old May 6, 2005, 9:09 PM   #8
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Hello AMG!

I really like what you have done with the photo!! Thank you!

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Old May 10, 2005, 8:38 AM   #9
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Not had chance of late to do many this was a nice one. I did some subtle retouches I hope you like. nothing character changing.
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Old May 10, 2005, 3:41 PM   #10
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Thanks creeduk! Awesome job! I appreciate you working on this!!

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