making a cloudy day look sunny

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Apr 20, 2007 Apr 20, 2007

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Hi, I've got a photo I shot outdoors that I really like. Unfortunately it was overcast and the photo is kind of dull. I've changed the levels and contrast which helped it but I'd like it to look more "sunny". Any suggestions?
thanks in advance
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Apr 20, 2007 Apr 20, 2007

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It would be helpful if you posted the image here, so we could see what you're up against.

http://www.pixentral.com/index.php

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Apr 20, 2007 Apr 20, 2007

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Thanks, here's the url to a shot from that day. I'm assuming this will post as a link (?) If not you'll have to instruct me on how to do that. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=13UNrY7MeU0ZMaM1hP53kFLOvurK7M0

g morgan

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Apr 20, 2007 Apr 20, 2007

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You could substitute a different sky, like this:

http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=13GLUidYIqGgIGFm9ufbZ4MZ6JDks0

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Apr 20, 2007 Apr 20, 2007

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What would you do with the fore and middle ground to give it that sunny day look?

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Apr 21, 2007 Apr 21, 2007

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Apply a Warming Photo Filter:

Filter > Adjustments > Photofilter

This is available in PSE5. It was not in PSE2 and I don't know about the intervening versions.

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Apr 21, 2007 Apr 21, 2007

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Try putting in some color. Then you can use the Lighting Effects filter to
get some areas lighter. Also, lighten the overall image. The posted image
is rather small and of very low quality, hard to work with, but you can see
the idea:
http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1bJL5fKqU84sULwUVF3iWwyRvm6Lk1

Juergen

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Apr 21, 2007 Apr 21, 2007

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Sorry about the quality -I had to upload from a very slow dial up connection so I had to keep the file small. Thanks for all the ideas. I had looked for the Lighting Effects before but I couldn't find it anywhere and I couldn't find it in the help either as I didn't know what it was called. You all have given me some ideas to play around with. thanks again
gm

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Apr 21, 2007 Apr 21, 2007

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Have you tried letting blend modes do the trick?<br /><br /><a href="http://img170.imageshack.us/my.php?image=blendedsunshineyv9.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/9658/blendedsunshineyv9.th.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us" /></a><br /><br />Click image to enlarge<br /><br />Layers...<br /><br /><a href="http://img170.imageshack.us/my.php?image=blendedsunshinelayersfh3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/9598/blendedsunshinelayersfh3.th.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us" /></a><br /><br />Click image to enlarge<br /><br />I just duplicated the background layer and set the duplicate layer's blend mode to Linear Light blend mode; Opacity 100%. If this is too strong, you can turn down the layer's opacity or maybe try Vivid Light blend mode as it also gives a nice bright sunny day look to the image. Hard Light; Overlay; and Soft Light may also be options depending on how each looks on your high res. image.<br /><br />I made the Blue sky with clouds by using the Clouds filter Render<Clouds with the color chips set to blue and white. I used Free Transform to give the clouds some perspective. The cloud layer is in Multiply blend mode; 100% Opacity. This overpowers and replaces the original gray sky. I used Grant's Masks Layer tool to add a layer mask to the clouds layer. On this mask, I dragged a black to transparent gradient to hide the clouds effect in the foreground. Tip: Hold the shift key as you pull the gradient to get an even horizontal edge.<br /><br />The Lighting effects filter that the previous posters mention is located Filter<Render...<br /><br />Link to Grant's free tool set:<br /><br />http://www.cavesofice.org/~grant/Challenge/Tools/index.html<br /><br />I should mention that there's also a Hidden Elements set that includes layer masking in the free set. The HE free set is on the Adobe Exchange...if you can stand combing through the Frozen Fusion mess....er...Cold Fusion.<br /><br />HTH,<br /><br />Terri

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Apr 21, 2007 Apr 21, 2007

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If you also want some green grass...

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Add a Hue Saturation Adjustment layer; select yellows from drop down menu...use droppers to get all shades; then move Hue/Saturation/and Lighteness sliders to get desired color.

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Apr 22, 2007 Apr 22, 2007

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Good work Terri a vast improvement I'd say!
Don

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Apr 22, 2007 Apr 22, 2007

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Wow Terri I think you've created a miracle! both versions look good. Both actually look like they were taken on a sunny day. I'll give them a shot and check out the link to the tools.
Thanks so much!
gm

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Apr 22, 2007 Apr 22, 2007

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Thanks. The best part was those took under 5 minutes to do on the low resolution image. You may have to tweak the masking a bit more than I did on your high resolution image.

Here are a couple of links that may be of use:

Good tutorial on using a layer mask...

http://www.t-tutorials.com/read-tutorials/29/all-about-layer-mask/2

and another on layer mask...

http://www.photoshopgurus.com/tutorials/t009.html

For changing the grass color...

Here's one that shows how to use the bottom sliders in the Hue/Saturation individual colors to limit control the color range...

http://www.bairarteditions.com/pages/tutorials/photoshop/cbhuesat2.html

Edited to correct above link address.

I only used the droppers to add or subtract colors in the low resolution image. Keep in mind you can also paint on the adjustment layer mask to hide the effect if say you get too much green reflected on the horse.

Keep in mind the above tutorials where written for Photoshop not Elements. For layer masking, the masks are applied via the instructions from whichever add-on set you pick up instead of from the bottom of the layer's palette. For the Hue/Saturation tutorial, the only difference is you'll see a Load and Save button in the tutorial dialog snapshots. (Photoshop can save/load presets made in this dialog while Elements can't.)

Have fun,

Terri

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Apr 22, 2007 Apr 22, 2007

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Thanks Terri. I'll check out the tutorials - I'm always on the lookout for stuff like that.
Do you have the Grant's Tools yourself? If so which folder do you install them in for PSE5? I only found instructions on the site for PSE3.
gm

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Apr 22, 2007 Apr 22, 2007

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GM,

I have them installed in Elements 3. I haven't kept Elements current because I upgraded to Photoshop. From what I understand, the difference in tool sets is due to a coding change in the application that affected how the tools operated. I can't recall seeing it posted anywhere about a change in how they are installed. Since Grant hasn't updated the installation instructions, I assume there wasn't a change in how they are installed.

I suggest the add-ons for simplicity. However, with workarounds most if not all can be done with workarounds. I'd recommend having a look at the free Elements 5 videos provided by Mark Galer here:

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/07/04/video-tutorials-galer.html

Edit: I pasted the wrong link in. It's fixed now.

The "Masks and Curves" video covers how to do a layer mask workaround.

HTH,
Terri

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Apr 23, 2007 Apr 23, 2007

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Grant's Tools for PSE5 go here:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop
Elements\5.0\Photo Creations\special effects\Grants Tools

You can find the tools at
http://www.cavesofice.org/~grant/Challenge/Tools/Files.html, under Tools for
Elements 5. Click on Abbreviated Tools and note that the downloaded zip
file is called 'GrantsAlignmentToolsPSE5.zip'. It does contain the correct
files.

After downloading the zip file, it extracts into the folder 'Grants Tools'
with 9 files in it, which needs to be placed in the 'special effects'
folder. Next, when restarting Elements, press and hold the Shift key until
the message "Building Artwork and Effects" pops up. You should be good to go
after that.

Juergen

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Apr 23, 2007 Apr 23, 2007

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Thanks Juergen
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Apr 23, 2007 Apr 23, 2007

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deleted please ignore
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Apr 23, 2007 Apr 23, 2007

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Terri it's funny that you gave me that link to the videos. Upon checking out the site I discovered that the videos are from a book / dvd set that I just bought a couple of days ago! How's that for a coincidence.
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Apr 23, 2007 Apr 23, 2007

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Terri, You mentioned in an earlier post about a Hidden Elements set on adobe Exchange. I don't see a category for PSE. Would it be listed under Photoshop?
thanks
gm

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Apr 23, 2007 Apr 23, 2007

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Hopefully, the book will be as good as the videos. The Exchange is down at the moment. When the Exchange is working, try searching All and plugging in Hidden Power 5 as a search term. This post deals with Hidden Elements 4 but should give you an idea of what's most likely in the set.

Richard Lynch, "Trying to add Grant's Tools to PSE 4 Mac" #5, 31 Oct 2006 2:58 am

Edit: I can't swear there is a set 5 on the Exchange so I hope I didn't send you on a goose chase. Again, I've never personally used the set...

While you at it, there is a freebie curves plugin here:

http://free.pages.at/easyfilter/curves.html

This site tutorial on using the above plugin:

http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/curves-photoshop-elements-4-5.html

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Apr 24, 2007 Apr 24, 2007

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Good morning Terri. I found the link to the Hidden Power 5. For anyone else interested here is a link for the download page from the Hidden Elements site. The free tool set is at the bottom of the list. I'll check out the curves link.

http://www.hiddenelements.com/elements5_tools.html

Thanks Terri
gm

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