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Old Sep 7, 2004, 12:09 AM   #1
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here is a new technique, i saw used in a photo at my aunts house...

and thought i'd try it

i started out by duplicating the bg layer of my shot three times...desaturating (by use of channel mixer) on of them, and lower the saturation of the other one (-45)

and then placing the low saturation layer above the normal shot, and below the b/w layer

then layer mask the b/w layer, and "black out" the flower..

enjoy

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Old Sep 7, 2004, 12:14 AM   #2
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another one..

better one...IMO

btw....these are old shots...posted somewhere deep in the close ups forum (probably page 20 at least now lol)

but i thought they worked well with this technique

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Old Sep 7, 2004, 12:15 AM   #3
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and last but not least...

my favorite one..the best shot (again..IMO)

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Old Sep 7, 2004, 2:42 AM   #4
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it's nice, can't find the original, can you post it ?
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Old Sep 7, 2004, 8:34 AM   #5
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I tried this on an old shot I took at a nursery... It's a nice effect. I might use it in the future.

I am providing the before/after so people can see the difference.

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Old Sep 7, 2004, 8:34 AM   #6
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Old Sep 7, 2004, 10:39 AM   #7
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http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=7

there are two of the originals....very loud color..



nice mactek, i like the lower saturation...gives them more a pink color too..

kinda weird how that works, low sat of orange/yellow makes peachy pink..lol

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Old Sep 7, 2004, 3:05 PM   #8
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I also really like the third one and did some test of my own using your steps. Ialso tried this andmy sepia technique and was supprised to find that they do the same effect but this technique has fewer steps involved. Maybe it was just the image, I will have to try this on other images and see if they do the same effect.

Speaking of steps I think you are making one extra one for yourself. If I understand your instructions you duplicate the BG layer three times and have one B/W and another with lower saturation. Then you order your layers so going from top to bottom you have the B/W, the lower saturation, the normal shot, and then finally the background layer. If this is true you don't need to have the third normal shot as this is not getting used at all. The lower saturation layerdoes not have anything transparentso nothing from the normal shot is getting though. Maybe I just don't understand your instructions but when trying this myself I was getting the same effect.

You can even get this done with just two layers (the background layer andthe B/W layer)but I know I personally like to do all my work on the layers above the background layer and leave the background layer intact.

Also I noticed you darkened the background which I feel really adds to the image. My attempt had a very light background where yours has a darker background with some light spots in key areas. You have a good eye for the small details that make a photographVito

BTW, did I say this is a really great photo!
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Old Sep 7, 2004, 4:08 PM   #9
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well...i just keep the third layer, so when i save the PSD, i have the normal picture saved too....

i'm very glad you like it

would you mind posting yours? i'd like to see it

(i agree...dark background works well )

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Old Sep 7, 2004, 4:29 PM   #10
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I will have to redo it since I tried it to see what it would look like and then deleted it.
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