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Der auto

By LouiseTopp  
Just an experiment with a car, changed the colour as it was red. How can this be improved please/

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2017 12:13PM
Hi Louise, I'm not sure that I understand the logic for this. What's wrong with red? What effect are you aiming for? Do you see this as an improvement? I'm seeing a rather muddy pink, which isn't a colour that I would choose! Plus the effect at the front is rather blotchy, and we are losing sight of detail in the shadow. Desaturation may well be contributing to that loss of detail. Could you upload the original please as a modification?
LouiseTopp 10 634 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2017 4:16PM
How do I put the original up please? There is no option for picture.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 386
21 Mar 2017 4:29PM
You can upload the original by clicking on upload modification (and mention that this is your original)
Cars in German get the neutral definite article Das rather the male Der. So you say Das Auto. Nouns start with capital letters.
LouiseTopp 10 634 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2017 4:33PM
Es tut meir leid. I'm just learning german. Have uploaded the orriginal.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2160 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2017 7:09PM
Thanks for loading the original, Aura. I like it better than the pink.

The blotchiness on the bonnet that Moira mentions is there in the original, and I feel it is due to the lighting you used.
The pink seems to accentuate that muddiness.
The front of the car is in shadow and the light is inconsistent, whereas the rest of the car is well lit, with highlights as well.

I don't know what you want to use the image for, or if it was just an experiment in colour changing, but it would be a good idea to clean the windscreen before trying againSmile.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2017 7:24PM
Thanks for showing us the original, and to be honest I reckon it's way better than the pink version. You haven't explained why you wanted to get rid of the red, though. For me it sings out against the neutral background.

The streak on the bonnet is odd, I don't think it's simply down to lighting. It could be a mark in the paintwork, it could be a reflection.

Either way, the front does need more light, but is much better visible in full colour!
Sooty_1 10 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2017 7:39PM
You don't appear to have changed the colour as much as desaturated it. It might be better to try changing the colour altogether and maintain the vibrancy. Perhaps a nice bright blue or green..

You can do this by adjusting the hue and saturation, or the channel mixer if your software has either of those, to give just a couple of ways.
It would then be a better way to tell if it's effective or not.

And, it's "es tut mir leid", or just "tut mir leid".

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1715 England
21 Mar 2017 9:39PM
I know which colour I'd choose if I was buying a Porsche...

I'm guessing that this is all about hte technical side of changing colours - not my area, but real clarity about what you did and what you wanted to achieve would be helpful to the processing experts!
LouiseTopp 10 634 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2017 6:26PM

Quote:it would be a good idea to clean the windscreen before trying again

Think it's scratches.

Quote:I know which colour I'd choose if I was buying a Porsche.

So would I, baby pink....Grin
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 699 England
22 Mar 2017 9:20PM
I take it you mean how could the colour change be improved.
It's rather striking in red.

You need to find the Hue/Saturation dialog. If you use Photoshop or Elements it's under Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Ctrl+U will also bring it up.

In my mods I simply moved the Hue slider.
As you've used a black background and the only colour on the car is the paint, adjusting the whole image like this has worked well. If there are other colours in an image you'd need to make a selection of just the car before you adjusted the colour.

You've got good depth of field so nothing wrong with technique there.
I'd use a softer light source (using a diffuser either over the light source or translucent material like fine muslin between the light source and the car) and a reflector at the front so the car doesn't merge into its surroundings. A moody contrasty image can still be the final result but with shadow detail visible.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1715 England
23 Mar 2017 7:30PM
Er, no.

I'd have the red!

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