Matter, Herbert 1950
The goal here was to try and recreate the look of the photo as close as possible. I want to increase what I am able to do in terms of styles and effects, with black and white photos.
Really went round the houses on this one. In the end the solution was simple. Easy when you know how!
Started out with the following photo swings1951.jpg. Using the pen tool make a selection of the children in the foreground, and making a vector mask.
To the left is the result of the vector mask. Flipped the image ⌘T – Flip Horizontal, and jumped ⌘J each to its own layer for repositioning.
These settings are applied to give the image its final look.
What is important in the levels dialogue is the bottom slider white position of 212. This seem to even out the white of the image to that of the background, which was what I was looking for.
Sometimes luck helps!