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10/07/2004 09:35:29 AM · #1
Hey ya'll! Here is a photo of me taken with my old Olympus digicam...

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Any way to save it? If so, can someone tell me how?

Thanks!

p.s. Anniversary is coming up and I sure would like to surprise my husband with a nice pic he can put in his office :-)
10/07/2004 09:41:37 AM · #2
I think I'd suggest aiming for a B+W or Duotone to avoid color-corrction issues, and use Curves or Levels to adjust it.
10/07/2004 09:46:08 AM · #3
Gotta agree with the General here... you can get a half decent B&W out of this... color may be a bit hopeless without some really intensive PS work.
10/07/2004 09:50:46 AM · #4
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I'm sure with the hi-res version, it'll be much less grainy. I just did levels, desaturate, and brightness/contrast.

Message edited by author 2004-10-07 09:51:12.
10/07/2004 09:58:18 AM · #5
"Quick and dirty" duotone ...

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10/07/2004 10:04:27 AM · #6
Good ideas! I like the duotone idea especially - thanks everyone!
10/07/2004 10:05:05 AM · #7
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Monochrome in Channel mixer and sepia colour in colour balance adjustment...more red and yellow.
10/07/2004 10:06:46 AM · #8
Maybe something like this

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Several duplicate layers, blended in screen mode, then a channel mixer conversion to B&W - avoiding the very noisy blue channel, followed by a curves based split toning.

Message edited by author 2004-10-07 10:08:30.
10/07/2004 10:10:21 AM · #9
Originally posted by Gordon:

Maybe something like this

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Several duplicate layers, blended in screen mode, then a channel mixer conversion to B&W - avoiding the very noisy blue channel, followed by a curves based split toning.


How did you get the image so "clear" and non-grainy?
10/07/2004 10:10:59 AM · #10
Not a guru but here's my take.

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Shadow/highlight
Black/White using channel mixer
levels
quadtone
NeatImage (quite a bit)
USM


10/07/2004 10:24:34 AM · #11
Isn't it amazing how far we've come with being able to save a photo. Great job folks!
10/07/2004 10:26:15 AM · #12
Originally posted by divernick:

How did you get the image so "clear" and non-grainy?

He listed the steps, just not the settings. It is good, isn't it?

Originally posted by Gordon:

Several duplicate layers, blended in screen mode, then a channel mixer conversion to B&W - avoiding the very noisy blue channel, followed by a curves based split toning.
10/07/2004 10:26:41 AM · #13
Originally posted by divernick:



How did you get the image so "clear" and non-grainy?


I said in the comments - the blue channel is mostly trashed, so don't use it in the channel mixer. The B&W conversion was all done using the red + green channels (about 70%/30%)

You could use neat image on the whole thing, but it isn't needed and just destroys what detail is left. Neat image could be used for minor clean up at the end, particularly if you just apply it to the non-edge regions with a mask.

If you want to see what I mean about per channel noise, and you have photoshop, brighten the image by duplicating it once, selecting 'screen' for the blending mode, then duplicate that layer another couple of times.

Flatten that image, and then in the 'channels' menu, select 'split channels' You'll see the red is cleanest, and the blue channel is just a mess. From there, its just a case of making best use of the available information and avoiding the noise.

Message edited by author 2004-10-07 10:30:28.
10/07/2004 10:35:04 AM · #14
Aiming for detail rather than smoothness:

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The high-res would likely be smoother. I pasted the green channel in a separate document and then pasted the red channel over that and played with blending modes. Levels, USM and Despeckle (Faded to 40%). It was a quickie.
10/07/2004 03:54:32 PM · #15
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Here's my take on your shot. Mostly auto levels and Neat Image. If I had the original full size image, I think I could do a better job. Feel free to email it to me.
10/07/2004 03:57:35 PM · #16
Um, I feel really stupid...

I get me coat!!
10/07/2004 03:58:03 PM · #17
Hey, you're cute! ... wolf whistle
10/07/2004 04:14:56 PM · #18
Originally posted by DougPaz:

Isn't it amazing how far we've come with being able to save a photo. Great job folks!


Thank God! I don't know WHAT was going on with my old camera that night unless in all the excitement of being a newlywed I forgot to set the white balance. Doh!

Oh, and thanks Jacko ;-)
10/07/2004 04:24:26 PM · #19
Originally posted by Gordon:


If you want to see what I mean about per channel noise, and you have photoshop, brighten the image by duplicating it once, selecting 'screen' for the blending mode, then duplicate that layer another couple of times.

Flatten that image, and then in the 'channels' menu, select 'split channels' You'll see the red is cleanest, and the blue channel is just a mess. From there, its just a case of making best use of the available information and avoiding the noise.


I'm trying this out but the split channels option is greyed out. Any reason why?
10/07/2004 04:49:24 PM · #20
I never use levels since in my experience, when you print, the digial editing is SUPER visible..it's terrible. That's why curves is recommended.

Have you guys printed after using levels with good results?
10/07/2004 04:51:15 PM · #21
Originally posted by digistoune:



I'm trying this out but the split channels option is greyed out. Any reason why?


Have you flattened the image ? I think any layers would stop splitting working. Also I think you need to have the RGB channel selected - don't have photoshop available atm to check though.
10/07/2004 04:53:09 PM · #22
I had to have a go too :)

Here's my Gimp'd version

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levels, curves, USM, NeatImage, more levels

Darren
10/07/2004 05:02:53 PM · #23
Originally posted by digistoune:

Oh, and thanks Jacko ;-)

I thought guys weren't allowed to say stuff like that anymore : (
10/07/2004 05:05:04 PM · #24
It's just Jacko. ;-)

Message edited by author 2004-10-07 17:11:48.
10/07/2004 05:13:52 PM · #25
And yet another version...

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Mostly auto-color, curves, B & W conversion, tritone, NI for some of the noise, dreamy effect for the soft focus, converted back to RGB, minor selective adjustment to Neutral, Black & White levels, minor blur to de-pixelate the skin, contrast & brightness adjustments.
Yup, that's about it - a madman's 10 minute dabble..
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