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Help !!!!

By Phil-LS
Due to health i'm stuck indoors today again !!

So i decided to have a play with layers and adjustment layers and all that.
So i used this photo i took last year looking over the Solent at the IOW .
I like the way i got the sky with using mask and curves but i just couldn't get the foreground right.

any HELP will be accepted and appreciated

Tags: General Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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miptog 11 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2011 7:25AM
Try using the blend modes and varying the opacity slider, or the paint brush and also vary the opacity.

What were you trying to achieve?

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CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2011 9:48AM
Difficult to advise you Phil without knowing what effect you are after. The foreground in the original shot looks fine to me if you are wanting a natural look. The sky wants darkening to bring a better balance between the two parts of the pic. The major changes to the sky you have done will need an equally radical change to the foreground or else the pic will look odd and unbalanced. Maybe a little lighter and less saturated might be better for the foreground though. As miptog says with this sort of work it's a question of playing with the slider until you get something which looks right.

Best wishes

Phil-LS 13 632 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2011 12:36PM
Thank you both for your in put, i'll keep playing with it till i get the effect right Smile
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2011 12:38PM
if you want to use that purple sky with the bottom image foreground which i assume is the original, a good starter would be to do as below.

start from scratch, make a duplicate layer and modify the copy to achieve the colourful sky then click on the layer mask icon below the layers pallete. select a grad from black to nothing an make a graduated layer mask over the base of the image, this will allow the original colour of the foreground to come through whilst reatining the alteration to the sky.

another way is to do the duplicate layer an mutiply blending mode to darken up the sky to a more natural tone and then do the grad mask to keep the fg as before.

its much easier to manipulate a shot like this if you even out the exposure with nd grads before post processing.

hope this helps

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