Skin tones? (it's the cake smash AGAIN) - collage added post 5

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Skin tones? (it's the cake smash AGAIN) - collage added post 5

Okay, five weeks later I'm back editing these. I've edited off and during the last month, I went back to the RAW images, and only did levels here (using a method Scott Kelby describes in his PSE7 book). I also cloned some background spots and the plexi line. That's it. There's more editing I want to do, but what do you think of his skin tone? I actually took the same level layer from my first edit and copied to the rest, since the camera settings were the same for the series. I feel like his skin might be more off in the close up though.

I will say this, if I use that white background again, I'm totally doing it different. This has been a painful edit due to that background. I hate how gray it looks ... I really feel like my WB is okay though, especially when I look at his crown.

I am calibrated now, but I don't think that's helping me ...

And anyone with PSE7 - how do I check my CMKY percentages? I'm only finding RGB.

Okay, here are the pictures ... like I said, there's more editing I want to do, I want to put them in a collage. But my eyes aren't great with the skin. For the record, he has a farmer's tan here, and his skin has a yellow tone to it.

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Gwen ...

I'll look again when I'm back on my calibrated monitor at home, but they look pretty good to me. In fact, even in the close up, they all look about the same. If he's a little yellow from the farmer's tan, it may just be more evident when there is more skin on the image, ya know.

Anyway ... just my $0.02 worth.

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"coolmama72" wrote:

Okay, five weeks later I'm back editing these. I've edited off and during the last month, I went back to the RAW images, and only did levels here (using a method Scott Kelby describes in his PSE7 book). I also cloned some background spots and the plexi line. That's it. There's more editing I want to do, but what do you think of his skin tone? I actually took the same level layer from my first edit and copied to the rest, since the camera settings were the same for the series. I feel like his skin might be more off in the close up though.

I will say this, if I use that white background again, I'm totally doing it different. This has been a painful edit due to that background. I hate how gray it looks ... I really feel like my WB is okay though, especially when I look at his crown.

I am calibrated now, but I don't think that's helping me ...

And anyone with PSE7 - how do I check my CMKY percentages? I'm only finding RGB.

They look good to me for what that's worth (not much since i struggle so much with skin!) now that you explained about the farmer's tan.. otherwise I would have said it looks a little uneven because his limbs are so much darker!

To see cmyk values just have your info dialogue box open and move your curser over parts of the photo.. it should give you cmyk and rgb values as you move it around.

For the white backgroud, did you try making a curves adj layer and clicking with the white eyedropper tool on the background just behind him? This will make everything lighter and the background white, but you can mask in black over his body (or erase if you can't do masking in elements). Oh wait.. can you not do curves in PSE either?

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the info dialog only shows RGB. I could see CMKY in Gimp, but I'm trying to stick to only one program. No curves either, but I can play with levels and then mask him back in. I might have to go that route ...

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okay, played with layers, and then tried a quick collage (I shouldn't say quick, it actually took me a while to get it the way I like it)

Anyhow, the top photo seems too red, not sure why. But I have to make dinner and must walk away from the computer. (Did I mention that I actually took pictures today? They're still on my camera, I'm DYING to look at them, but must tackle the task at hand first)

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I think they look alright, but Im not great with skintones either. I hope you get them to where you want them! I hate white backdrops too!!! grrr!!

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I must have posted the same time as you! I love the collage, and am not seeing any redness! Congratulations!! I think these are awesome! You must feel so relieved! I do the same thing with pics. I have to finish a project before I start a new one!

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These are getting better and better all the time. The color is SO close. It really could pass, percentages (of the first one at least) are good, but I might add some blue to the midtones...a touch.

Mostly, you need to whiten that white background and brighten the pictures a touch overall. That levels white eyedropper on the background does the trick. If it becomes too bright after you do that, just lower the opacity of the layer until it looks natural.

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I know I haven't been active for a while but I must admit I'm still a daily lurker, but had to log in to post on this one.

Gwen these are awesome. I admire your persistance to get it perfect. I love the collage. You should be proud of yourself. If these were mine I would show them off to everyone, lol

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Gwen you have incredible persistence! These look great!

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"stampasaurus" wrote:

Gwen you have incredible persistence! These look great!

I'm crazy like that. Wink

I can't tell you the hours I've put into editing this set - this is the 4th time I've started over with them. but I think I'm done. I tweaked the top photo some (Amber, I finally figured out how to change color in the midtones, but I just think I'm going to leave it be at this point) and I'm calling it a day. I just started reviewing the 88 photos I took today ... but DH just went to bed and I think he was hoping I'd go to bed too. what's a girl to do?!