OK thanks. I wasn't sure what to think of the final histogram. Why would photoshop change scale on the histogram?
The image definitely looks better, at least in my opinion.
another question. How can I learn how to use Blend if setting?
See chapters 7 and 8 especially. My summary of chapter 8 might help.
no one has any ideas regarding my question above?
Simon King wrote:
Had borrowed the book fro te library but decided to get my own copy.
Late to the aprtty but hope I can still join in
If anyone wants a classic example of an image begging for a LAB retouch, go check out this thread. The image isn't mine or I'd post it here, though I offered a classic LAB retouch on it in the thread.
Grab the original from that thread and try it yourself. You only need to know chapter 1 of Dan's LAB book to do really nice things to punch up this image.
The image starts out with low contrast and pretty dull colors, exactly what LAB is really good at punching up.
I'm playing around with this image and also saw your take on this image in that thread you posted above. My colors are not as bright as yours. I was wondering by how much you brought in your A & B channels. Did you do it symetrically? I'd post my take here but I don't think that is a kosher thing to do since it is not my image, right? I brought them in by 10, then 15 then 20.
I brought them in quite a bit on that image, more than I usually do because of the character of the image. I don't remember exactly, but I suspect it was probably around 30% on each end, perhaps even more. You just have to use your own eyes to judge how far to go. What you need to avoid is unrealistic colors that either look like an artificial color or look too brilliant to fit in the scene. I usually start with 20 in on each end and then back off if that creates something unrealistic or go more if that's not enough.
For images that do not have a color cast and you want to keep them that way, you will want to keep the middle of the curve fixed in the middle because that keeps neutral things neutral. The easiest way to do that is to just bring the two ends in evenly and that's what I did on that image.
Duffy Pratt wrote:
Try going overboard on the A and B curves, way beyond what you think would be any good. Then dial it back using the opacity slider for the layer. This is a simple way to get a feel for how far you can go. Dan says that he is using this technique more and more in his actual work.
I just tried the LAB method and it works very well.
But how can I export an image to say sRGB for the Web?
When I try to do it all the color glory gets washed away.
What am I doing wrong?
When you have an image in the LAB color space, you need to go to Image>Mode>RGB.
Next, unless your working space is sRGB, you need to go to Edit>Convert to Profile> sRGB.
Then you can save your image that is destined for the web.
I now place a high degree of importance on the Highlight portion and am considering moving this to the first step.
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