Before and after - my workflow on this image

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Many of you have asked me how I process my photos. I am using this image to describe what I commonly do. (I do have many variations! :biggrin: )

Here is the Before image that has be resized for posting showing Madam Wee at her 90th birthday on Apr 29th waving goodbye.
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I then did the following to achieve the final image.

1. Levels
2. Multiply blend
3. As the blend above would darken the image I used the Eraser to lighten up areas I felt needed it. This was done to taste.
4. I felt that to get a better impact I repeated Steps 2 and 3.
5. Resized for posting
6. Final USM to taste.

Here is the finished product.
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I am technically no PS guru and I hope the above description is simple enough to understand. Otherwise I would be happy to answer the best way I can if you have any queries. :wink:
 
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nice PP... really put some lively skin tones rather than the original without PP..that looks pale
 
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I like the before actually
The dragon look is ok. Good work
But she just looks to sweet...
 
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Thanks Banhup. I am a fan of the look you give to your images, so I will give this approach a try this weekend.
 
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nice PP... really put some lively skin tones rather than the original without PP..that looks pale
Thanks aszla.


I like the before actually
The dragon look is ok. Good work
But she just looks to sweet...
She is indeed a sweet and wise lady. I just enjoy talking to her.

I understand why you like the Before image better. She looks much sweeter in that. This pp is just an illustration as to how I would like to emphasise the lines which makes her image more dramatic. If I am to give her a print I'll select the Before image anytime.:smile:


Thanks Banhup. I am a fan of the look you give to your images, so I will give this approach a try this weekend.
You are welcome, Simon. I hope you have fun. :biggrin:
 
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Banhup,

I love your processing, well done as always!

When you apply step 2, is this done on a new layer or using a mask? How many layers are we talking? I'm just having a hard time following your workflow based on what you shared above.

Thanks for sharing this with the community!
 
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Banhup,

I love your processing, well done as always!

When you apply step 2, is this done on a new layer or using a mask? How many layers are we talking? I'm just having a hard time following your workflow based on what you shared above.

Thanks for sharing this with the community!
To apply a blend you must have at least 2 layers. After you apply Levels you already have a new layer. Just apply the Multiply blend. After erasing I flatten the layers before I carry on with the next step.
 
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To apply a blend you must have at least 2 layers. After you apply Levels you already have a new layer.
I think you're losing folks... because you don't get a new layer by just adjusting levels.

Do you create a duplicate layer and then adjust the levels and change the blending mode of the newly created layer

OR

do you adjust the Levels and then create a duplicate layer and change the blending mode?
 
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This is really a cool processing technique that opens the doors to experiment... Banhup's got this down to a system so I'm not going to try to duplicate his end result. I like the way it adds substance to the images so I played a little with this picture of Laralea. This is what I came up with.

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I always thought the original was just a bit too flat.

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Wow, this is cool. Thanks for sharing. So do you just vary the opacity of the "multiply blend" to taste?
 
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To apply a blend you must have at least 2 layers. After you apply Levels you already have a new layer. Just apply the Multiply blend. After erasing I flatten the layers before I carry on with the next step.
I must assume you create a levels adjustment layer and then apply the blend mode the that adjustment layer?

-or-

As Woody said, do you dupe the original layer, adjust levels then blend?

This is still a little confusing...

Thanks for sharing this info though!
 
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Nicely done. Woody, your fix is a great improvement...it really pops now, IMHO.
 
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Banhup.....your post is just a tease.......more detailed info puhlease!!!

If you're really in the mood to share how about a full blown tutorial with screen shots?!?!:wink:
 

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