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Offline a700 guy

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First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« on: September 23, 2009, 03:39:56 PM »
Good day to all!

A coworker of mine just got his hands on CS4 and was kind enough to sell his CS3 to me. So now I have a comprehensive suite of I don't know what. :)

I'm new to all of this so if I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about, I don't.

I have an image that I would like to 'pretty up' as my first go 'round. It's (I think) a neat shot of an abandoned truck that I found while camping last month.




The color is a bit off. The sun was hiding behind some clouds at the time, and I'd like to see if I can fix that.
Does anyone want to give a hint at which one of the 30 billion options I should start with? :)

You could also directly edit the photo itself if you were moved to do so.

Originals (JPG and RAW) are here: http://cid-807da7794fbf751d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/


Looking at PS sure is daunting, but I think I'll get the hang of it after a while.

Thanks a million!

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Re: First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009, 04:26:23 AM »
Heya700guy.

Looks like this fell off the screen. Ooops.

Well you asked, "Does anyone want to give a hint at which one of the 30 billion options I should start with?"

Tough questions. Sort of depends on what you were looking for. I darkened the dark areas in the old shed, cloned out some foliage inside and and jazzed up the truck colors and vegetation. Added a frame as that can sort of let you know what it might look like in a frame.

You were correct ""30 billion options." ;)

Cheers!

Clive
PS: 1970 Chevy one-ton? Or is it a half ton? Looked like a flat deck on the back instead of a ½-ton box.



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Re: First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009, 11:17:37 AM »
I work with the basic options out of the 30 billion. Levels, adjustment on shadows, highlights and midtones (on a separate non destructive layer), curves and sharpening. If added value, a bit of color saturation. I try to stick to this workflow as much as I can as it speeds up the processing time.

By now I know exactly how far I can push the sliders in combination with the camera and lenses I use so that is pretty much the combination that you need to look for. Try to have a consistent input to output flow as well, I process exclusively in AdobeRGB. (Convert to sRGB for web upload, which is another option in Photoshop).

Hope this helps a bit ..

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Re: First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2009, 06:24:04 PM »
Clive that's great. The color you got from the truck is exactly what I was looking for because that's just how it looked in person.

Since I couldn't find the 'Jazz Up' option under any of the menus :), could you shed some light on how you got it that way?


As far as what year the truck is, I don't know. Found it at a grass airstrip in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Me and a friend were roughing it (with lots of beer) at his campsite. He grew up in that area and told me that the truck has been there since he was a kid.

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Re: First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2009, 07:10:33 PM »
I don't use CS .. just PS Elements.

The "Jazz Up" feature in Elements is Alt U (the "U" must be for "UP", eh? ;) ) .. it is saturation.

So the jazz up feature is merely the saturation feature.

You can boost individual colors or all colors at once. I prefer boositng colors individually. Be careful it is easy to overdo. 

Good luck.

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Re: First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2009, 09:18:46 PM »
Thank you Clive. I will give that a go.

And I've seen those 'overdone' pictures before. I'll try to steer clear of that!

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Re: First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2009, 09:41:04 PM »
Have fun a700guy.

BTW I said, "So the jazz up feature is merely the saturation feature. "

You can also fiddle with the contrast and light levels .. these can affect color values.

Stef. or others may wish to comment.

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Re: First shot at Photoshop. Can I see what you can do?
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2009, 09:58:06 PM »
I'd of probably done pretty much what Clive has done.
The only other thing id perhaps do is below.



Took me all of a couple minutes. Because the truck is such an orange colour, i just boosted the red and reduced the yellow and green channels in a saturation layer (reduced them to 0)

Then a small bit of dodging/burning.


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