I am a newbie in photoshop photo edits. I have seen this effect somewhere many times, but I cannot identify it precisely. It looks like High Key effect. How can I achieve it in Photoshop?
by Linus Kleen
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Note: If you don't think that the subject image has been "processed" then I suggest you look at the histograms by color for the central region and note the very sharp Green and Blue truncation and then compare this with a range of other images. I'd be genuinely interested in seeing ANY image which showed a two channel truncation and one channel "full spectrum" out-of-camera. The "processing" that appears to have been done is quick and simple to do - but very 'unnatural' and 'unusual'.
Blue and Green "channels" appear to have been truncated to remove highlights.
One way this might be achieved is using eg Photoshop or any other program which offers the ability to adjust levels in low-range, mid-range and high-range and simply zeroing the settings in the high-range for green and blue.
They have avoided saturating highlights with a more than usual amount of headroom in the blue and green channels.
In the histograms below "whole image" is the whole image (!) and
"Middle" is a rectangle containing as much non background area from manual on left to CD on right as possible while containing minimal background [ "<- 1000 words"]
The very sharp cutoff of the luminosity curve is unusual. This is seen in the green and blue channels but the red (shown below) is unaffected. They appear to have truncated the response curves rather than compressing them by shifting them left.
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