Before and after - my workflow on this image

Discussion in 'People' started by dtbh, May 3, 2007.

  1. dtbh


    Mar 9, 2006
    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.

    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.

    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:
  2. adzla

    adzla Guest

    nice PP... really put some lively skin tones rather than the original without PP..that looks pale
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I like the before actually
    The dragon look is ok. Good work
    But she just looks to sweet...
  4. sclamb


    Jan 2, 2007
    Thanks Banhup. I am a fan of the look you give to your images, so I will give this approach a try this weekend.
  5. dtbh


    Mar 9, 2006
    Thanks aszla.

    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:

    You are welcome, Simon. I hope you have fun. :biggrin:
  6. JD Photography

    JD Photography

    Aug 4, 2006

    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!
  7. dtbh


    Mar 9, 2006
    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.
  8. 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


    do you adjust the Levels and then create a duplicate layer and change the blending mode?
  9. Seneca


    Dec 4, 2006
    I thought maybe you used NIK...but it looks great nonetheless.
  10. 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.


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

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  11. Wow, this is cool. Thanks for sharing. So do you just vary the opacity of the "multiply blend" to taste?
  12. BigPixel

    BigPixel Guest

    not as gritty as Banhup's Woody.
  13. JD Photography

    JD Photography

    Aug 4, 2006
    I must assume you create a levels adjustment layer and then apply the blend mode the that adjustment layer?


    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!
  14. Gr8Tr1x

    Gr8Tr1x Guest

    Nicely done. Woody, your fix is a great really pops now, IMHO.
  15. sclamb


    Jan 2, 2007
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  16. That must be it... explains why he said you automatically get another layer when you adjust levels.
  17. Ottrott's Human

    Ottrott's Human

    May 21, 2006
    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:
  18. Mike Z

    Mike Z

    May 30, 2005
    Northbrook, IL
    Thanks for the tip. Works very well.

  19. He's not going to give up all his secrets and I don't blame him... :wink:
  20. Ottrott's Human

    Ottrott's Human

    May 21, 2006
    Me either............but hey....he started it!!:smile: