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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

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.

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 %

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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