I hope the image is not too huge...But look at both sides of her mouth, just below the mouth. See the yellowish areas? I'm using LR3, what would you suggest I do to get rid of the yellow areas. I took this a good while back before I was shooting RAW so I'm stuck with a JPG.
I'm not familiar with LR3, but in Photoshop, I would use the paint brush, choose a color near the cheek, and then paint over the yellow area using the HUE and/or COLOR mix at like 20% with a large-ish soft brush until I was satisfied with the color blend.
Perhaps LR3 has an ability similar to this function in Photoshop?
To me the whole image looks too magenta, NOT too yellow. If I see a color cast, I will "fix" it with either "color balance", in Photoshop, (if it needs only a very small adjustment), or put a duplicate image in the LAB mode, and adjust the color balance in the A, and B channels in a curves adjustment layer. You will almost, invariably, blow out a color using this method, so I usually "overcompensate", desaturate the original somewhat, then drag the adjusted image on top of it, and take the opacity of that layer down until I like what I see.
If I don't like a color in a discrete area, I will usually, very carefully, use the paintbrush, set to the color mode, and sample colors from where I DO like the color, then "paint" the area "to perfection". (the paintbrush becomes a color sampler when the alt key is held down). A Wacom tablet, with the paintbrush set to pressure sensitivity, for opacity of effect is an absolute necessity for this operation.
Thanks everyone and thanks for the before and after example. Damn I have lots to learn. I'm not using Photoshop yet so I'm unable to put to use many of the good suggestions. This does lend more evidence to the notion that I should move to Photoshop sooner than later.
The thing that is seductive about LR3 are the presets, they're an easy way to get started (not the final image). I actually own a copy of the latest Photoshop version but holy damn it is intimidating to work with. I should probably buy some "how to use Photoshop" DVD series.
While I'm here, does anyone have any suggestions for learning Photoshop from the ground up? A series or DVD or?
Peano is on the right track. If you've only got Lightroom, his fix is probably the best. If you also have Photoshop, I'd leave just a little more magenta in, and then use a masked layer to remove a small amount of midtone yellow from the face.
Untitled Photographer wrote: I hope the image is not too huge...But look at both sides of her mouth, just below the mouth. See the yellowish areas? I'm using LR3, what would you suggest I do to get rid of the yellow areas. I took this a good while back before I was shooting RAW so I'm stuck with a JPG.
Select the white balance eye-dropper in LR and click on either the teeth or the whites of her eyes. That will get you in the general ballpark 90% of the time.
Untitled Photographer wrote: Got it and responded, cheers!
So I am new to the DAR forum, but this is where I can come with my LR and PS questions and such, yes?
Yes. The main Digital Arts and Retouching is for how-to, news, tips, etc. DAR Critiques for retouching and digital art critiques, and the Samples and Contests to give retouchers samples to work with, get samples to work on, or pose challenges/post contests.
Thanks and thanks. I see this forum becoming inundated with new posts from me very soon :-) Seems like a nice crowd so hopefully I won't wear out my welcome.
I'm going to fiddle with this image and more using LR3 while I exploring PS.
I was looking at a PS tutorial on brightening the eyes and dang it seems like a lot of work with PS. They must have used 3-4 layers (I am not layer savvy yet) when with LR you it's one click (and maybe a slider or two). I can see where using PS will probably improve my photography because it's going to take so long in post I'll do a better job capturing the original image to lighten my post burden.
I'm not dogging PS, obviously that is the choice amongst professionals and I'm wanting to step the quality of my work up, so PS here I come.