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03-02-2010, 07:24 PM
Just curious members....

IF I wanted to eliminate that shiny white blown out 2 inch long specular highlight under the faucet...how would you attack this problem in photoshop or elements?

Feel free to take a stab at this image.

many thanks!

03-03-2010, 01:44 AM
I would try cloning it or masking it from another matching tone on the sink. Or try, Im not that good at PS so my first step would have been closing the curtain on the WINDOW! :-) Really though, thats what I would try, but I doubt it would work.

03-03-2010, 01:49 AM
An excellent imge, specular highlight notwithstanding and really it does not bother me one bit.

03-03-2010, 01:54 AM
back again. I agree with JAS? Raven? well, it didnt bother me until you said something. Not really a distraction to me, but we are our own hardest critics.

03-03-2010, 09:22 AM
Thanks for the comments.

I was hoping that someone might actually take a stab and edit this image (it's ok for this image) to fix/burn/clone that specular highlight away. More as a test and to see other member's techniques.

If may be too difficult a test tho...

thx - marko

03-03-2010, 12:42 PM
46 views and no one wants to take a stab at this edit?

Bok bok bok bok bok backaw!!! backaw!!! :laughing::clown:

Wicked Dark
03-03-2010, 01:00 PM
I am an admitted Photoshop simpleton, so it's best left out of my hands.

but it's really not that bad for a snapshot...the focus really goes to the cat and the dripping water, not there initially. Sometimes these things just come with the territory and this one doesn't spoil the photo.

03-03-2010, 01:14 PM
You guys are too funny......
I accept that most of you think the highlight is just fine and that this is a decent pic - thx. ........

It's more of an exercise than anything else. I tried to get rid of that highlight but did a very mediocre job...............so I'm wondering if any member can teach me their technique to tackle this problem.

many thx - marko

03-03-2010, 05:12 PM
I spontaneously took a stab at it. I only spent around 8 minutes on it so it's not the cleanest result. But maybe this can be of inspirational help ;)

I basically first puckered the highlight in liquify, so to make them smaller.

Then I cloned the remainders out and smudged it to give the sink its suggested outline. Then blurred it to get rid of obvious seams. You can get away with quite a lot of blurring, because it's out of focus anyway.

Also the strong subject with minimal DoF helps to capture the attention and draw the eyes away from the edits. Of course if you know what you look for, you'll immediately see what I've done especially the sloppy work on the faucet.

Hope this helps

Very cool shoot by the way:thumbup:

Mad Aussie
03-03-2010, 05:15 PM
46 views and no one wants to take a stab at this edit?

Bok bok bok bok bok backaw!!! backaw!!! :laughing::clown:
HEY !! Remember the timezones ... I only just woke up today ;)

But no need for me to try ... Sephibox has done a great job!

03-03-2010, 06:53 PM
Not much different, but here it is...

Clone clone clone and some blur

03-03-2010, 11:14 PM
better late than never :D

03-03-2010, 11:23 PM
I would have tried to stay in lightroom myself using the local adjust brush and turned down brightness and clarity, and maybe have feathered the edge.

Honestly though I think the original is fine. I had to compare one of the adjusted images against the original to see what the issue was. I didn't find it a distraction at all.

Great capture Marko. The water droplets are cool.

03-04-2010, 12:19 AM
Thanks for your stabs at it everyone and thanks for the comments again!

I will try my hand at this again tomorrow

Ed was your technique similar to everyone else's? i see you added back the face contrast that i had at the beginning before save for web - Thx.

03-04-2010, 01:09 AM
Cool thread! That's a tough fix. I've been staring at it for a while now,then studying the fixes presented and have come to these conclusions. Had I never been privy to the first image you posted, had you thrown up instead one of the three presented fixes, I probably wouldn't really notice the problem by being unaware there ever was one. My other conclusion was that for me to improve or raise the bar on the "fix" would take more time than I have to spare. For the record...My fix was out there! :laughing: Don't even ask...I estimated about six hours of frustrating work. Man, when I go deep, they just can't build the mineshaft ahead of me fast enough:D It's a cool thread because it's just wonderful to see the differing way people work the problem. I hope more try! I know I will but don't wait up:D

03-04-2010, 02:23 AM
marko, my edit was similar to the others. i changed the contrast a little bit and darkened the sink portions that sandwiched the ear and dodged the edges of the ear for more separation. i also increased the contrast on the flowing water and droplets and added some slight details on the water spout.

03-04-2010, 12:10 PM
thanks again everyone!