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MarkString Jan 10, 2007 7:50 PM

Can anyone explain how to get the effect used by todays 'photo of the day' on steve's front page? today is january 10.

VTphotog Jan 10, 2007 11:23 PM

This looks like the 'local contrast enhancement' technique was used, which would explain the halo around the woman's scarf, and the overall harshness. Color was probably tweaked quite a bit as well.


Boily Jan 11, 2007 12:08 AM

And how do you do that ??

jachol Jan 11, 2007 4:20 AM

Boily wrote:

And how do you do that ??
Hi Boily, I'd suggest a freehand selection was made of the required area with the lasso tool, with plenty of feathering to try and avoid the halo effect ... ammount would depend on overall picture size. You can then apply enhancement to the selected area ie. boost contrast in curves, sharpen, boost colour saturation etc. That's my take ... Jack.

Boily Jan 11, 2007 2:17 PM

Thanks !

Corpsy Jan 11, 2007 2:58 PM

It looks like an unsharp mask with a high radius setting, coupled with some desaturation. There was probably additional sharpening after it was resized down.

Corpsy Jun 17, 2007 11:27 PM

Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I was browsing through some Photoshop magazines a couple days ago and stumbled upon the technique used for the effect in question.

Here's the Photos of the Day the OP was referring to:

The effect is easily accomplished in Photoshop. Here's a sample picture I found online:

Now just duplicate the layer, desaturate the duplicate layer, and change it's style to "Hard Light":

creeduk Jun 25, 2007 4:00 PM

I think I know exactly what you were reading..I know the very article.

rubadubdub Jun 27, 2007 6:19 PM

Just my 2c worth but the photo in question looks like it has been Draganised(Dragan effect) it can be done easily in PS and there are PSactions available. Just search for Dragan effect and you'll find plenty of articles.



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