give this Nepali image a creative shot

Started Jun 17, 2005 | Discussions thread
Carsten Tschach Junior Member • Posts: 48
Re: Nepal image workflow...PAM...please help to understand...

I know this thread has been started a couple of month ago. I tried to follow Pams step by step tutorial and still have some questions...

2 - Convert to b+w using your favorite method. The goal here is to
convert the reds and blues of the doors into the same tonality
after the conversion. This way, color will be applied evenly in the
next step. Using the gradient map method is one way. Just make sure
your colors are set to default (hit the "d" key) then add a
gradient map adjustment layer.

Okay, as far as I understand, I now have the original image on the bottom layer, than the B&W image layer and then the gradient map adjustment layer.

First of all, what does the gradient map do here?

3 - Place the original image over the b+w and lower the opacity.
The doors still appear red and blue, but they are of the same
luminance or brightness now.

Okay...but in my workflow I still have the gradient map. Should I apply the gradient map to the B&W layer?

5 - Open a new layer and fill with black. Add a layer mask. Lower
the opacity a little and start painting in the highlights of the

Okay...but I have to lower the opacitiy down to 25% - this is a bit more hen a "little", or am I doing something wrong?

Adding a mask and painting on it is okay...

7 - Tweaking colors and adding some lighting effects:

That again sounds like a little secret - what are "some lighting effects"?

Would be great if someone could help me....

Thanks, Carsten

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