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aladyforty Oct 29, 2005 10:07 AM

I love this shot but the tree bark is too light, how do I get definition and darken it without a fake look?? Ive tried a few times but just seem to keep stuffing it up



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...9/IMG_1145.jpg

Stevekin Oct 29, 2005 10:40 AM

Well, this one one looks ok to me. But feel free to totally dismiss it out of hand if you think it's cr*p. I know you would ;).

Add a layer mask, click the layer thumbnail to make it active again. Decrease the brightness by around -20 and increase the contrast to around +20.

Now click the layer mask and using black, paint over the bird and background to bring them back to what they were.

I also used the burning tool set to midtones to darken it a bit, maybe too much, but you get the idea.

http://static.flickr.com/24/57169461_5b57315cc4_o.jpg



Same as above until you get to the burning. The first one looks a bit too much, but some like it that way.

Set the burn tool to Highlights and the opacity of the brush to 15/20 %

http://static.flickr.com/30/57171747_3b7b82f42b_o.jpg



aladyforty Oct 29, 2005 11:59 AM

Thanks, that gives me an Idea where I have been going wrong:-)I really hated the pale bark, it almost looks like the highlights are blown out but it is fixable as you have shown.:-)


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