Got a minute? PP struggle - new edit post 7

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Got a minute? PP struggle - new edit post 7

Okay, I'm starting to PP the maternity pictures. But I can't tell if I want to go warmer or cooler with these. Ugh.

Here's the photo with adjustments done in ACR

IMG_7877 copy

And then I adjusted with levels in PSE

IMG_7877 levels

I'm feeling incompetent with my editing on this set, I don't know why. Maybe because mom, dad and 2 year old (not seen here) all have very different skintones.

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Personally ... I prefer warmer, Gwen. But that is a totally personal opinion. Don't be too hard on yourself, I think you're off to a great start (especially the one w/ the sunburst you posted on fb)!!!

Have FUN w/ these! That's the whole purpose, right?

Take care,
GiGi

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It's a combo of being too cool and underexposed on their skin--try to up the exposure in ACR (you'll blow the sky but thats OK), and warm the WB a bit.

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ITA with Meagan Smile it looks a bit underexposed and if you increase that a bit I bet fixing the skin tones will be a lot easier Smile Try to do as much as you can in ACR. And then skin tone adjustments in elements Smile

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"mlark1128" wrote:

It's a combo of being too cool and underexposed on their skin--try to up the exposure in ACR (you'll blow the sky but thats OK), and warm the WB a bit.

thanks, that's what I was looking for. Smile

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No idea, just saying I think you did a good job on it. Can't wait to see more!

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okay, is this better? increased exposure and warmed in ACR. tighter crop in PP plus slight vignette. can't help the centering, it's just the way I took it ...

IMG_7877 copy (2)

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Looks much better, but check your red values--their skin is really bright on the left hand side (her arm, his forehead, the side of her face).

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Much better! In addition to the red getting clipped a bit, the skintones are still a bit too high in magenta (or not high enough in yellow).

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"becoming-mom" wrote:

Much better! In addition to the red getting clipped a bit, the skintones are still a bit too high in magenta (or not high enough in yellow).

I wish I knew how to fix this in PSE. Sad

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It's easy!

Just to a levels layer, and pull up the green channel. Increase the green a touch or two on the middle slider, ie 1.03, and pull up the highlights (right slider), say 252, shadows (left slider) to 3. Small adjustments at a time.

I don't know if Elements has color balance layers, but you could do the same thing with a color balance layer.

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"mlark1128" wrote:

It's easy!

Just to a levels layer, and pull up the green channel. Increase the green a touch or two on the middle slider, ie 1.03, and pull up the highlights (right slider), say 252, shadows (left slider) to 3. Small adjustments at a time.

I don't know if Elements has color balance layers, but you could do the same thing with a color balance layer.

okay, that was awesome. such a subtle change, yet it really makes a difference. but I'm missing why green makes yellow and magenta changes. I've read a lot about color but it's clearly not sinking in. *sigh* I need to continue to read.

Here's the image with the subtle changes (I'm never gonna get through the set at this rate! :lol:)

IMG_7877 adjusted

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That looks great! There is a blue cast on his face from her shirt that you might want to get rid of.

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"stampasaurus" wrote:

That looks great! There is a blue cast on his face from her shirt that you might want to get rid of.

Yep....coming right along though Gwen!

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I'll worry about casts when I find out which ones she wants. I need to get through the queue and then I'll go back for casts.

I love this one below but the little girl has a pink cast from her shirt (she has it in a lot of the photos). Again, tackling the casts later, I want to get to the point where I can send her a handful to look at tonight with the promise that I will tweak the edits when I know which ones. Forgot to sharpen for web, definitely softer here than in person.

emily & brooke

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You've gotten great CCs already. Just wanted to add you are doing so well with this!

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you're doing great Gwen! Biggrin

question for the blue color cast that's on his arm...is it really necessary to remove something as small as that?

(or are you talking about the color cast that's on his face?) because if its the one on his face then yes I can see why removing it would be best...but the bend in his arm? Do we really have to work all the little details even something as small as the color cast in the bend of his arm? :-?