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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:50 pm 
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This challenge is discussed in the event feeler section. To summarize from the other post:

* A creative commons image will be posted. Participants will edit and post the resulting image. Edit any way you like for now, but we may add some editing rules to make things simpler or more complex depending on how the idea develops.Please post any suggestion on changes to the challenge in the feeler post we will keep this going for one week for now.

*Members can ask questions about the editing methods.

*Participants answer and outline their edit steps and share knowledge.

Rule number one: no negative comments about edits. If you have improvement suggestions, I would prefer if you do another edit and demonstrate your point (naturally you would have to share the steps of your new edit :)

Rule number two: please avoid using plug-in as you would need to explain your edit.

We can take turn posting the next challenge. Maybe the most popular editor gets to choose the next image.

Challenge: landscape to black and white or duotone. Image by Flickr user “Alaskan Dude” .
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:38 am 
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Thank you Eddie...this is a quick edit
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tpmg by maya_enian, on Flickr

All editing are done in lightroom....

1.Cloning the Dust using clone stamp tool
2. Horizon Adjustment using Crop tool.
3.Adding Temp to make it more warm. Little bit of negative tint
4. Adding some fill light....
5.I used a split toning by adding a touch of green and orange to get the overall mood of the image
6.Adding sharpness by increasing the clarity slider and adding some sharpening.

Thank you for looking


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I like this overall concept although I wonder if the excercise would not better serve its purpose if the images used to start are before adjustments have been made instead of post-adjusted files.


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Please post any suggestion on changes to the challenge in the feeler post

Answered in the feeler post. Thank you.


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Here's my quick edit on my iPad using snapseed, sorry if it's like a plugin - but it's what I have been playing with recently. Not sure if I like this edit or not - for this type of scene - but wanted to play around.

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IMG_0147 by JordanFaust, on Flickr

I imported into snapseed and ran it through the image tuning and brighten it, added some ambience, contrast and saturation. Then cropped it and did a little straightening (felt it wasn't quite level to me). Next I added some sharpening and lots of structure. Sent it into the b&w conversion - used the neutral setting and added some more brightness and contrast. Finally I sent it through the the drama filter and used the default setting for #2 - but toned down the filter strength.

J.

Sorry snapseed does not have a clone/retouch feature soi could not remove some of the spots on the photo.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:26 pm 
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Converted to B&W with colour mixer
Gold tint
3 zone local contrast enhance
Curves adjustment
Dodged areas to lighten
Removed a couple of the worst sensor dirt spots
Smoothed out ripples in foreground
Resized with a very small amount of sharpening


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:07 am 
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Straightened horizon
Layer 1 - Water (cut out using quick selection tool)
Layer 2 - Land (masked using a layer mask so that I didn't have to cut around the trees)
Layer 3 - Air

Layer 1 and 3 were adjusted for exposure, contrast and brightness only
Layer 2 was adjusted for exposure, contrast and brightness, it was also dodged in certain places

Each layer was separately converted to BW in photoshop (moved around the sliders to my liking)

Dirt and any weird inconsistencies cloned out using clone stamp.

Over all, I think it's ok, the mountains look like they were cut out, could have been underexposed a bit, but I don't feel like messing around with it anymore.

Sorry.. stuck in a hotel, I got bored.

Here's another crop, any changes were made using clone tool

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Some ideas on my workflow:

Step 1:
clean up the file, sensor spots and unwanted stuff. I drop a guide if needed and straighten the horizon.
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1 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 2:
Duplicate the cleaned file, Then recover more detail using the highlight/shadows adjustments. This method is highly destructive, specially on 8 bit JPG files. Use at your own risk:
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2 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 3:
For this project, I decided to convert to BW using a channel mixer adjustment layer, this will give me added flexibility to play with the duo-tone later on
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3 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 4:
Balance the histogram by using a curves layer, focus on my shadows
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4 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 5:
for the highlights and mid-tones I use a levels layer. masking the shadows or equalizing with opacity to achieve the desired effect.
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5 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 6:
I like punchy .. so I use a brightness and contrast layer for the extra
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6 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 7:
I chose a warm toned style. I use a gradient layer to control the shadow tone close to chocolate brown.
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7 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 9:
For the highlights, I selected an clean ivory
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8 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 10:
Once I got the final result, I fiddle with the previous layers to achieve the contrast, tone, saturation intended and composite all visible into a new top layer (PC command > control-shift-alt-E)
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9 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr

Step 11:
Sharpen and export, voila!
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10 by Doll_Murderer, on Flickr


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It's amazing to see the different results coming out from one photo, all editions looked great and unique in it's own way.

As a newbie I find it's easy to follow Gerardo's step-by-step demonstration. Thanks Gerardo and thank you all!


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Black and white with hint of color.
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I used the high contrast B/W conversion method of Scott Kelby. Open the image in Photoshop
1- Press “D” to set the foreground color to black
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2- Add a gradient “adjustment lay” (layer menu-> new adjustment layer -> gradient map adjustment layer
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3- Click on the gradients map to open the “gradient editor”
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4- Click just below the center of the gradient bar to create a “color stop marker”
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5- Double click on the marker you just created to pop up the “stop color picker” and choose a gray color” . I picked R:119 G:119 B:119 and click ok.
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6- Select the adjustment layer and lower the opacity of the gradient adjustment layer from 83% to 93% to bring back a hint of color and click ok.
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that's it.


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This is a fantastic thread and great idea for a challenge. For an editing newbie, this is great learning! Thank you to all participants for sharing.


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Amazing thread. Yes, for a newbie this is awesome stuff.

Thank you one and all for sharing all the knowledge without any hesitation.


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Thank you all for taking part. We will give this a few more days and I will post the next one on Tuesday. In the meantime please ask any questions that you may have about the edits.

My question is for Metix: one of your steps in your edit is "Smoothed out ripples in foreground". Was that done with adding blur?


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I usually play around with contrast and then color.

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eddie S wrote:
Thank you all for taking part. We will give this a few more days and I will post the next one on Tuesday. In the meantime please ask any questions that you may have about the edits.

My question is for Metix: one of your steps in your edit is "Smoothed out ripples in foreground". Was that done with adding blur?

Yes I used a quassian blur with selective masking. If I had the time I should have also corrected the slight halo on the side of the mountain, it might be some sort of artifact.


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Thank you Metrix. and thank you all for taking part.

round 2 is posted. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20849

Can i ask one of the mods to move this thred to the Aftermath section?


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