Friday, May 14, 2010
Some things were simple. The barn is in a more powerful position on the right and high in the frame, so I flipped the shot. The fence had the address numbers on it, so I cloned them out. Easy stuff.
The bigger deal was the mask making. Before I knew it I was three quarters of the way through using the Calculations Dialog box. I’ve got to start remembering the Refine Task dialog box that’s available in CS5. The mask separated out the details of the trees (particularly the center one)and allowed the sky to be treated on its own.
Another switch from the normal was in the individual Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers. Rather than the normal six (Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, and Magenta) I wound up with double Yellows, double Greens, and double Cyans. As an example, the trees needed more saturation than the grass. I prefer using multiple Adjustment Layers to the alternative method of making the brush a shade of grey because it lets me fine tune each level of saturation. With the grey brush method the ratio of fully masked to partially masked would be fixed, giving less control than I like.
So, I guess when my old friend said it was a shot anyone could take with a point and shoot camera, he was giving me a back handed compliment about my post processing work. I’ll take it.