Editing Friday; What to Edit

It can be interesting sometimes coming up with an editing Friday post, mainly because I write them on Friday morning and have been saving an image for the post or I try and think of something fun and interesting. Why? because if every week it was the same edit; Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop,  sharpening maybe some filters, the posts would get pretty boring.
In some ways the idea of showing an edit pushes me to be more creative.

Today I thought I would experiment by mixing two cross processing techniques. This could not be done using film but Photoshop can make it happen.

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OK lets start with my image. A wild flower in the grass. The idea is to shift the colors to create a surreal image with good good contrast

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In camera raw I am going to do some basic raw processing.

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Once balanced I have brought the image to Photoshop.  Here I am first going to use a curves adjustment layer to create C41-E6 toning

In the Curves dialog box  I need to make adjustments to the RGB values for contrast as well as Red, Green and Blue values for color.

RGB

Point1  

Input     219
Output  247

Point2                  

Input     187
Output  221

Point3                  

Input    68
Output 92

Red

Point1                  

Input     166
Output  129

Point2                  

Input     71
Output  30

Green

Point1                  

Input     129
Output  119

Point2                  

Input    36
Output 53

Blue

Point1                  

Input     45
Output  61

Point2                  

Input     166
Output  161

Highlight point

Input    255
Output 190

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I then need to create a second curves adjustment for the E6-C41 effect. As with the the earlier curves adjustment you have to make multiple adjustments to the RGB and each color separately.

RGB

Point 1  

Input     190
Output  230

Point 2                  

Input     87
Output  122

Point 3                  

Input    29
Output 23

Red

Point 1                  

Input    40
Output  1

Point 2                  

Input     154
Output  135

Point 3                  

Input     222
Output  234

Green

Point 1

Input     198
Output  230

Point 2                  

Input     128
Output  120

Point 3                  

Input     38
Output  31

Blue

Point 1

Input     26
Output  43

Point 2                  

Input     144
Output  128

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I wanted to have the E6-C41 tones for the flower and anything in focus. I turned off the other curves layer and reveresed the layer mask on the E6-C41 to hide all. I then used a small brush at around 30% to mask in the areas i wanted. Once i was happy I copied the layer mask. Activated the C41-E6 layer and pasted in the layer mask and inverted it. In doing this I have only the areas I want to show through, showing through.

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I added a curves adjustment to improve the contrast and sharpened the image with the high pass technique. I also added a vignette via Exposure 4

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The image looked pretty good but it was missing something. For me the colours are too intense and it doesnt go with the overal tone of this type of image.

I decided to create a half sepia effect to add some depth to the image. To do this I added a hue and saturation layer, checked colorize, set the Hue to 25 and Saturation to 25. Next I went to the layer mask, then image apply image. I set the layer to background, channel to RGB, Checked Invert, the blending was set for normal and opacity to 100%.

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I wasn’t happy with the brown blades of grass in the foreground so i decided to color them. I sampled colors from near by areas.

Final Image

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The final image was not quite what i had envisioned when I started but it works really well. The cross processing helped bring out the saturation in the greens and the half sepia effect helped give it an earthy tone. The image is quite dark but this helps give some context to the struggle of the wild flower trying to get light and energy while chocked by the surrounding grass. Using the two cross processing effects meant i could manipulate the flower enhancing it with one process and contrasting it against the other.

Over to You

I would really appreciate any comments you have on the final image, positive of negative. Is their some thing you would have done differently? Let me know in the comment box below.

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