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Old Jun 19, 2005, 9:41 PM   #1
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Im so new at this and have no idea how to fix this maybe someone can make the water clear in this picutre because the water is really muddy and dirty. I love this picture but cannot stand that nasty water!! If someone could give me step by step instructions I would love to fix more of my muddy water pics.

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Old Jun 19, 2005, 11:51 PM   #2
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I don't know of any way to make the water clear; however, it'squite easy to make it a more pleasing color. Here's an example although I did this quickly and it's very untidy.
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 5:50 AM   #3
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You can't really make the existing water clear. Changing the colour is one way, but I thought it best to change the sea completely by replacing it with a more pleasing one.

As the original is muddy you can't see anything of your sons arms beneath the sea level, so to avoid the painstaking reconstruction of his arms in a clear sea I have used this one.

Just extract your son, (select him by whatever method you prefer), and paste him into a new layer. Then copy a sea image that you like, from Google images for example, highlight the background and paste the new sea into it.


Hope you like it.






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Old Jun 20, 2005, 8:31 AM   #4
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Wow so much nicer!!! Thank you guys so much now I can try the other pictures.

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Old Jun 20, 2005, 12:42 PM   #5
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You could also just lighten the water with levels keeping the authentic look of the water but with a less muddy feel. Another would be still use levels but add some Hue and Saturation toyellow , but masking out the boy and leaf so only the water is effected
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I've just caught up with these. Very useful postings, thank you!

Creeduk, thanks for showing so clearly what your steps were. Very very helpful .

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Old Jul 2, 2005, 9:09 AM   #7
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ok, I totally changed it, first I went black and white then colored it but I did not get the swim suit color right


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Old Sep 18, 2005, 1:04 AM   #8
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I did somthing similar to creeduck. However, instead of having to mask the whole boy, I duplicated the layer, clicked Image/Adjustments/Replace Color. Then I picked the browning water color, making sure to get all of it selected (for the most part) and I changed the color. Also make sure that the fuzziness is not very high. Now, you can add a layer mask to the duplicate layer and erase the little parts that the boy is altered. It's a five-minute job. Good luck!

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