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1/250, f2.8, 50mm 1.4 lens, overcast afternoon.

Applied Midnight Sepia (adjusted to tone down effect)

For those like me with PS Elements (ie no actions!) I've included instructions on how to achieve the Midnight Sepia effect in the discussion below.

Since I mentioned it in my "Patchwork" photo, several have asked how to do selective burning using masks for blown out areas, I've described that in the Discussion too. This is useful for Midnight Sepia as it tends to blow out highlights due to the Screen layer

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Jane M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
    Midnight Sepia Action for those without Actions :



Duplicate background layer, click on new layer

Apply Gaussian Blur (Radius: 20 pixels)

Apply Hue/Saturation (Hue: 45, Saturation: 25, Lightness: 0)



Set current layer mode to "Multiply" (from drop down menu at top)



Flatten Image



Duplicate background layer, click on new layer



Set current layer mode to "Screen" (from drop down menu at top)



Flatten Image



Duplicate background layer, click on new layer

Set current layer mode to "Screen" (from drop down menu at top)



Set current layer opacity to 0% (from drop down menu at top)



Adjust the opacity of the top layer to control lightness.


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6/26/2006 4:07:00 AM

 
Jane M
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  Layers Tab
Layers Tab
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  Masking
Masking
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PS Elements Layers and selective burning :

1) Duplicate background layer naming it "darkend layer" and click on that layer in the layers tab

Adjust brightness so that burned out areas are now ok (the rest will be too dark)

2) Click on the 'new layer' icon at the bottom of the layers tab, renaming layer "mask layer"

3) Click on the new transparent (checkerboard) "mask layer" and drag it below "darkened layer" layer

4) Click on "darkened layer" layer and type ctrl-G (control & G at same time)

This groups the copied image layer with the transparent masking layer

5) Click 'eyeball' on "darkend layer" layer to make invisible

Hit "D" key to make painting colors go to default (black foreground)

6) Click on "mask layer", paint black in varying degrees of opacity in the blown out areas where you wish the

darkened area to show through. See photo for example of masking using this method.

7) Click 'eyeball' on "darkened layer" to see final effect, the layers tab should now look as shown in example
photo


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6/26/2006 4:12:19 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Wonderful job, Jane!!


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6/26/2006 5:39:44 AM

 
Kathy Reeves
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Wonderful image! Thank you for the instructions...I will try it.


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6/26/2006 6:11:07 AM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Great composition, Jane!! Thanks very much for the detailed description.


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6/26/2006 8:12:43 AM

 
Tressie Davis
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Jane, beautiful image, and wonderful PSE work!!! You are my hero for posting the instructions!!! (I have PSE also) :-)


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6/26/2006 1:01:00 PM

 
Megan p
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Jane this image is really so FANTASTIC!!! It touches me. Love your effects, thank you by the way, and also love your DOF! Well done!!


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6/26/2006 5:08:35 PM

 
Wende Trew
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Awesome capture Jane!!! Thanks for the detail instructions!


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6/26/2006 7:49:05 PM

 
Shawn Jennings
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Great image Jane! Thanks for the instuctions too!


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6/27/2006 9:43:46 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Jane, excellent composition, colors, lighting and effects.


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6/27/2006 6:20:03 PM

 
Jane M
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Thanks everyone. I'm glad some will find the instructions helpful!


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6/29/2006 4:39:07 AM

 
Joyce Morrell
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Love this image! Feels like you're right there with the boy and waiting to see his work.

Thanks for posting the instructions!


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7/10/2006 3:01:25 PM

 
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