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Rachel Bowditch

Rachel Bowditch is a great artist here in the Phoenix Metro area.  Here show Transfix was part of this past Fringe Festival.  Visit her website to look at her artwork.

http://www.rachelbowditch.com/Transfix_and_Spectrum_4I62.html

She has one image in particular which is very good, but could use a little more contrast.

The first thing I did was add a Curves Adjustment Layer and Darkened just the darks.

This however made the mountain behind her too dark.  A lot of detail was lost.

I added a nother curves layer and purposefully masked out everything except the mountain (the part in white) that way the new Curves Adjustment Layer would only affect the mountain.  I then made the mountain lighter.  Notice I also played with the transperancy of the Adjustment Layer.  Curves are hard to get just right.  I found a range I liked and played with the transparency of the layer to fine tune it.

The next step is to darken the sky.  Using another Curves adjustment layer and a mask I darkened only the sky.

Finally I added back some detail into the figure as she was getting washed out

Below is the final image, after corrections.

This would be a great image to add some color to.  However before we do this we have to change this from a Black and White image to a color image.

Go to Image/Mode/RGB Color (computer monitors are RGB based, since this is an image meant for the internet we will select RGB color)

In a different tutorial we will add color into the image.

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Categories: Adding Contrast
  1. May 18, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, Satellite Direct Tv

    • May 31, 2010 at 6:18 am

      Thanks, I will be adding more content over the summer.

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