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Adding a child to a group photo


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Hi Damien and team, I have been following your forum and advise for a long time. Hoping you can point me in the right direction with the edit below.

I have a long term client who has requested an absent great grandchild be added to a large group photo to give to the Great Grandparents for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. How can I make this look more realistic?56b739592922d_LeoDemasiChristening210-Ed

 

These are the two SOOR files I was working with:

Jacob003.thumb.jpg.692a804425ed2445d329456b739832cad2_LeoDemasiChristening210.th

 

Thank you!

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12 hours ago, Damien Symonds said:

Hi Bree, I don't suppose you had the luxury of raw files here?

Yes I do. Do you want me to attach? (I think they will exceed the upload limit)

 

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7 hours ago, Damien Symonds said:

Gosh no.  I want you to reprocess them so that the white balances match.  And make the boy a bit brighter.

Ok re-edit for white balance and slightly brighter boy (hopefully)

Jacob003.jpg

Leo Demasi Christening210.jpg

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I am really guessing with the sizing of him. He is obviously bigger than the baby on the great grandparents lap, smaller than the standing 10 yo. He is about the age/size of the little girl towards the back of the group, but with her being further back, I can't match his size to her.

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3 hours ago, Damien Symonds said:

No, now we can see that the boy's white shirt is very different from the other white shirts.  Go back to raw and get the white balance right.

Ok...goodness I am realising I have some learning to do!

I think this is better (although the skin tones are awful - I can fix that later). If I am way off, maybe point me to one of your awesome tutorials courses?

 

Leo Demasi Christening210-Edit-3.jpg

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24 minutes ago, Damien Symonds said:

No, those shadows are too distinct.  Look at how big and soft the shadow are around the nearby feet.

softer, bigger...?

Leo Demasi Christening210-Edit-3.jpg

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4 minutes ago, Damien Symonds said:

Excellent.  Now add a Hue/Saturation layer above the boy layer, and clip it to the boy layer (Cmd Opt G).  Then lower the Lightness slider just a little - I feel he's a tiny bit too bright for the photo just now.

 

Leo Demasi Christening210-Edit-3.jpg

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1 minute ago, Damien Symonds said:

By jove, I think we're close.  Just burn a bit more shadow around him.

The line of the right shoe - does it need a tiny overlap of grass to soften the line?

Leo Demasi Christening210-Edit-3.jpg

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1 minute ago, Damien Symonds said:

Yes, and this is very tricky.

Ok - any tips....

What about a layer mask with a soft tiny brush to brush in a few grass blades onto his shoe?

Or stamp tool with a non-solid (?) brush?

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