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Old September 19th, 2004, 09:26 PM   #1
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Cant get this flower to look quite right...

Straight to the point, I have this picture and I want to make the yellows really 'punch you in the face' so to speak. I mean, not like ridiculously yellow and contrasty, but to the point of saying "Now thats a YELLOW flower!". I was hoping I could get some help so ... here's the file.

http://homepage.mac.com/rpflo/sunflower.jpg


I hope someone can help me out ... heh. Thanks for your time.
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Old September 19th, 2004, 10:10 PM   #2
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Is this what you're looking for Riley?

http://homepage.mac.com/jtdonald/FileSharing20.html
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Old September 19th, 2004, 10:11 PM   #3
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To a degree, the number of possible solutions depends on how you recorded the photo. Do you only have it in JPG format or do you also have a camera RAW file? Do you have Adobe's Photoshop software and, if so, what version?
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Old September 20th, 2004, 09:05 AM   #4
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I have been lazy when it comes to home pages and either dont remember or never have posted photos to DV info (even though I have been here a while). I am going to email Riley this, If you think they are ok maybe you will post them on your http. You may use the retouched photos as you like. Took about ten minutes for all three (used photoshop 7.0).

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Old September 20th, 2004, 09:58 AM   #5
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Thanks everybody, yes Jeff that is pretty much what I was looking for. Now I have a question, what did you do to make it sharper? The flower doesnt look all creamy in yours ... ? And to Ken, I didnt use RAW this time, but I'm wishing I had. I have the Adobe products from the Photoshop 7.0 and Illustrator 10 era, can't afford the CS stuff at the moment. Don's pictures that he sent me gave me an idea, I used the picture Jeff did to come up with this.

http://homepage.mac.com/rpflo/sunflower2.jpg

Thanks again everybody, and also, tell me what you think.
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Old September 20th, 2004, 11:52 AM   #6
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To sharpen photos for the internet, I use Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. I start with settings of about 300/.03/0 and apply them to a copy of the image. Then I apply a layer mask, filled with black. Select the brush tool and set the brush opacity to about 50%. Select white as the foreground color and paint the "sharpening" on the image. This selective sharpening technique keeps from sharpening elements of the image that don't need sharpening (sky, shadows, background, etc.).
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Old September 20th, 2004, 12:13 PM   #7
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Never would have thought of masking the sharpen, very clever. Thanks.
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Old September 21st, 2004, 10:35 AM   #8
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If you want to push your reds/oranges/yellows during the shoot, get a warming filter.

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