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    Default I am going CRAZY ... why can't I get the colors right?

    I took a break from the cake smash session ... but I need to get it done. I'm taking this digital editing class (it's for frames and enhancements though, not photo correction) and the assignment I'm on is storyboard. So I worked on five cake photos, and followed the exact same workflow for each one, nothing changed in camera so I thought I was safe using some of the same numbers (color temperature in ACR, exposure, levels editing in photoshop). I processed each one exactly the same. Yet the background looks pink in the two full body shots.

    My eyes are tired, my brain is tired, I should have been in bed a while ago. I can't even attempt anything else this late at night. But I thought if I posted it here, someone could give me a suggestion on what the heck to do. I have Elements, not CS4, and so I don't have a selective color layer. And I can tweak the CMYK in hue/saturation, but not in levels (don't know if you can do that in levels either).

    I watched the video Andie did for me on my workflow thread, and used a lot of what she did as a guide.

    Here are my steps:

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    1. Increased exposure (to 1.0)
    2. WB (used the same temp Andie did, it looked good to me)
    3. Changed the tint to +8 (again, it looked good to me, and that's what Andie had done - now I'm wondering if that tint thing was my downfall)

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    4. Levels adjustment layer - in RGB moved the black point to the right, moved the middle slightly to the left, then went to blue and moved the black point slightly to the right again and moved the middle slightly to the left - did this until the blue of his diaper didn't look like purple
    5. Hue/saturation level - changed magenta to -2 hue and -11 saturation


    I'm really frustrated with this. It's rare I shoot with a white background, and this further illustrates why. Anyhow, here's the storyboard that I did for my class, and you can see how glaring that pink cast is on those two photos (and a tad on the middle close up). But really, I did the same thing to all three of them ...


    I'm recreating my steps again right now, but reducing my tint to below zero to see if that was my downfall. I'll keep you posted. (I just took a melatonin, we'll see how long I last, I've been sleeping like crap lately)

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    It doesn't look pink to me, it looks gray.

    I think it's because the one in the middle is a tighter crop, so you see less background. Were you using a background light?

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    Gwen, I am seeing gray on the bg too. I agree with Stacey about the tighter crop making things look way whiter there.

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    Hey Gwen! White is soooo hard. I struggle with it as well. I agree with the others that it looks grey to me. The only way, I as a newbee in PSE, figured out how to get around that is to add a screen layer, but then my people look washed out...sigh. I have resorted to upping my flash comp when shooting to make it look whiter (since I do not have studio lights). I know...now what you wanted to hear. Hope someone else has a good solution for you!! Good luck!
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    I tried adding a screen layer and masking Jack back in, but with the plexi (reflection), it's a huge pain and not worth it.

    Stacey, no I didn't use a light.


    I think my solution in this case is to do my best to get that white looking good (but still don't which step I need to fix or add) and to use a different background color on my storyboard. White is not a good choice. This is just the class assignment, I'm going to do something different for what I get printed, I just don't know what yet.
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    I agree. White is such a haaard background. Not sure what else you can do to get the color right.
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    I will go back and work on those photos again ... but there's too much daylight coming into this room right now and the glare on my monitor is bad.

    So for my class assignment, I just changed the background, and I'm done with it for now.

    STORYBOARD blue
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    The blue definitely makes it less noticeable. You also may want to flip the left photo to its mirror image so that he is facing inward and draws the eye in to the middle rather than to the border.

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    i just wanted to add that he is SO CUTE!! i am not calibrated, i wish i could help!
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    I think flipping him might be noticeable, because the writing on his diaper would be mirror image. But it's just a class project (and I'm not being graded) so I'm not sweating it right now. I do like that idea!
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