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how do i give my photos this look?

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pic: http://www.terrasight.net/pic227big.htm
gallery: http://www.terrasight.net/v6/index4.php?site=../v6-biohazard

i have photoshop 7, is this type of work possible with ps7? if so, is there tutorials available of how to achieve this?
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by:Jason210
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Start with an oridinary colour photo. All the tools you need to use are found under Image > Adjust.


1. Use Color Balance to make the image have a predominance of Blue. Press OK. Do it again.
2. Use Hue/Saturation to reduced the blueness of the blue, and make it more grey.OK
3. Use Brightness / contrast. Darken the image with Brightness, and add some contrast for dramatic effect.

This should get the right tone and colour. Let me know if you need more help.
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by:centax
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thanks
what else i'm wondering for this, is you see how the keyboard and monitor have a grudgy look to them? how could i do that as well?

you can see more of what i'm talking about here: http://www.terrasight.net/pic236big.htm the dirty walls and such
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by:periwinkle
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That looks very much like a Dragan photo - you might want to look at the draganizer Photoshop actions at:

http://www.atncentral.com/download.htm#Dragan_Mono
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by:centax
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very cool! i downloaded the action and put it into the actions folder via my computer (winxp), now i'm unsure how to use it. can it be used similarly to a filter?
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by:periwinkle
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Centax - see:

http://www.atncentral.com/Pages/FAQ.htm

First you have to load an action, and then you can 'play it back' (I've got Adobe CS/2, so the process might be a bit different?)
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P.S. You'll also want to go to the front page of 'Action Central' at:

http://www.atncentral.com/

... lots of good information and links there.
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by:David Brugge
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The term Draganize refers to this Andrzej Dragan, a Polish born quantum physicist, mathematician, award winning musician, photographer and artist and overall pretty neat guy: http://www.andrzejdragan.com/

He has a lot of tricks up his sleeves, but the main effect that he uses is to make a copy of the blue channel and apply it as a layer.

To do this, make a new layer and fill it with solid black. Then turn off the visibility.
Next go to the channels pallet and make the blue channel active.

Choose the “load channel as selection” icon at the bottom of the pallet, (the one on the left). With the selection in place, turn all of the channels back on, and return to layers.

In layers pallet, select the black layer and paste white. This will give you a black and white version of your blue layer.

Now take this black and white layer and set the blending mode to overlay.

This is the starting point from which he does all of his other work, and it is what other actions and affects try to simulate.

Once you have the blue channel set to overlay, play with it. Call up the levels command and move the settings around to see how it affects the image.

Use the burn and dodge tools on the blue channel layer to add dark shadows or burned out areas. Blur some areas to get a ghosting or halo effect.

***Background info. In digital images, the blue channel is usually where most of the digital “noise” is. So when Dr. Dragan wants to emphasize a gritty effect, he duplicates the blue layer. By the same token, the red layer is usually the cleanest. Artist that work on face shots for cosmetic ads for instance, will often duplicate the red layer because of it’s subtle smoothing effect.

Another photographer that uses this technique a lot is Jim Fiscus: http://www.fiscusphoto.com/
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by:periwinkle
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Unfortunately, there are only 25 points to give, as I believe that all answers had information that was useful.

Thinking out loud.  It now comes down to an interpretation of whether or not the dragonizer (first by periwinkle) or the initial process response (jason210) was more of what the asker was looking for.  Either award to jason210 or periwinkle.

(No matter what, this is a useful question).
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by:Venabili
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Exactly. This is what I am trying to figure out also. I was going for a split when I realised I have only 25 points to work with (:( )
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by:periwinkle
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For fairness, perhaps PAQ/no refund?
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by:David Brugge
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All of us saw the 25 points when we chose to answer. I say split the 25 points: 13 to jason210 for answering first and 12 to periwinkle for a strong assist.
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by:Venabili
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D_Brugge,

I'd say RTFM or in our case Read the help pages. :)

You cannot award less than 20 points per Asker out of the Lounge.
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by:periwinkle
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I have no problem with 25 points going to jason210, either, for that matter (it's not about the points - lol).
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by:Venabili
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And the advice for me is read what you write :)
>>You cannot award less than 20 points per Asker out of the Lounge.
per EXPERT of course... ;)
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by:David Brugge
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>> You cannot award less than 20 points per Asker out of the Lounge.

Please forgiving me for being such a noob! I confess that while collecting the few points that I have, I have obviously not paid close enough attention to the minimum point requirements at EE. Having thus been humbled, I will remember it always.

As for:
>> I'd say RTFM or in our case Read the help pages.

While others would see this remark as rudeness, I'll attributive it to youthful folly. :)
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by:Venabili
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:) In my real world RTFM cannot be considered rude :))  
OK.. so I will need to make this call...
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