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I have a picture of a rainbow in Waimea Canyon in Kauai and would like some instructions from advanced users on how to go about retouching the photo so that I can enhance the colors of the rainbow. I don't wan't to go overboard and make it look fake; just more visible. Thanks, Marcus...

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    I have a picture of a rainbow in Waimea Canyon in Kauai and would like some instructions from advanced users on how to go about retouching the photo so that I can enhance the colors of the rainbow. I don't wan't to go overboard and make it look fake; just more visible.

    Thanks,
    Marcus
    Marcus_Guerrero@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Every photograph seems to be its own unique problems when it comes to editing. The only suggestion I have would be to create some adjustment layers. You know, levels, Hue/saturation, brightness/contrast, etc.. And then adjust each of those until you get your desired result.
    Jim_Hess@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Marcus,
    Have you tried using autolevels yet? Often times that brings out the colors in a rainbow. If that makes it look fake, you can adjust the levels sliders yourself to the point where the rainbow stands out, and stop before it looks fake.

    If those ideas don't work, you could select the rainbow, create a mask, and darken the image outside of the rainbow.
    Eric_Matthes@adobeforums.com Guest

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    If the above suggestions throw the rest of your image off, you could try selecting the rainbow, create a new layer of the rainbow, then try the above suggestions (hue/sat, levels.) That way you're just enhancing that aspect of the photo.
    Chris_Rankin@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Thanks everyone. I will experiment with each suggestion!
    Marcus Guest

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    Marcus,

    In Mikkel Aaland's book, pg 80, on a separate layer, of course, he used the sponge tool, set the option to Saturate and used a 100 pixel brush. He clicked and brushed till he got what he wanted, then used the eraser to remove the excess blue. He then applied a strong Gaussian blur to the rainbow.

    Worked for him and I had some success, too.

    Let us know how you're doing.

    Lorace
    Lorace_Graham@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Thank you so much for that suggestion, Lorace. I've just started and not finished yet but that is exactly the effect I was going for. I'm not familiar with Mikkel Aaland's book. I gather it's a "how-to" book currently available? Thanks again.
    Marcus Guest

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    Marcus,

    You're sure welcome.

    The book is called Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions - and I got it at Amazon.Com. It was mentioned in one of these threads and I've found it to be very, very helpful.

    Lorace
    Lorace_Graham@adobeforums.com Guest

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