Saturday, December 11, 2010

As soft as a feather...

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For that edit I did most of the same things I do for portrait work. I used the lasso tool for selections, and the pen tool for the initial selection of the model. That selection is just the outline of the model, and I find the pen tool does that the best. As I have mentioned in other places, it makes a very crisp edge and sometimes to crisp for that portion of he photo. For the quicker selections once the subject has been isolated, are easily done with the lasso tool. The feather amounts always change too depending on what portion of he portrait, and how precise you need an edge.

 To show you a dramatic difference of the finer edge to a softer one, look at these variations of the initial work. Each has also had a graphic treatment done to the underlying background image. The first example use the Graphic Pen effect, and the second usses a Concentric Circle. See how the thickness of the concentric circles create the tone...
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....and do you see how softly the textures blend into the subject? That feather amount is about 300 pixels on the full size edit. It started as a quick selection using the lasso tool. I roughly followed the contour of he subject, and it didn't have to be precise at all because of the very strong feather amount applied.
 The effect of having a precise edge on one side contrasted with an extremely soft edge on the other is something that can be used in combination with illustrations, or paintings. It tends to give the illusion of the subject falling into the painting, or coming out of a illustration. Take a look at these screen caps to see the layer stack...
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You can see the same type of contrasting feather work in this poster for the Sundance Film Festival. It was for an online contest back in 2006, just for fun. Look at the very soft edge where the sky meets the globe, the text for the title also has some very soft feathering, and on a couple layers...


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shine on ruby2sday...

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I will buy you a garden, where your flowers can bloom...
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I will buy you a new car all shiny and new...
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...Yes, I will.
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 The Mustang in the photo above has the headlights turned on by using one of the light modes in Photoshop. That one was the lens flare, and I just had the lens portion of the headlight selected when applied. It makes it appear they were on for the photo. Often times you have to add light back into a photo for one reason or another. The second photo uses the Multiply and Soft light layer options to help with the sky and overal lighting. There are always descriptions of the work when you click on the photo. It will take you to flickr where the steps I used are int eh comments.
 The next photo below, as well as the first photo in the blog, were completely reworked and the background only had new lighting applied with the Lighting Effects Filter.
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 Using the Lighting Effects Filter will allow you to recreate many theatrical lighting scenarios. It is a powerful feature that definitely takes time to learn well, but there are many things that can be done simply, and right off the bat. The image below had some symmetrical things fixed, and then I I isolated the lamp portion. I copied this to a new layer, and then relit the background on the layer below with a Radial style light, and centered to the lamp...
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That Jade CD design is also done with fairly simple lighting effect. I almost always isolate the subject somehow and the apply lighting differently to the foreground and background. That technique will add more depth to your shot and make it look natural too. Here are a couple screen caps that have more info on the filter:
screenHead1 screenAngel6
Those two screen examples use a spotlight, which is a litle more difficult to understand. There will be another blog on just that one light as it invlovles the understanding of planes and ellipses. Start with something simple like the Lamp with the Blue sky.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hallows' Eve...


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See how the texture applies to only the background in the above example? See it done below too, and with a smaller texture that covers a much larger area. Some have very soft selections created with feathering, others us the Lighting Effects Filter to establish a very soft application of light. They were all done in one same way, using multiple layers...

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

greenRoom…

Peta Evans-Taylor | Hold On imagery/editing from gwennie2006 • YouTube™ Used with permission from Peta's Out of the Darkness CD.


Often times you can add some texture through additional layers, and especially when the original photograph is shot with some sort of texture behind it. In greenRoom I applied several layers and all blended into the previous layer beneath it with a light blending mode,
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such as screen, multiply, etc. I did select the subject first and used the Pen Tool to get the most accurate edge. It is also quite qwick with the Pen Tool and completely editable if you need to tweak it some.
 Following are a couple other pieces from the Deanna Cremin Memorial Foundation as well as a few pages from the introducttion to the Power of Art, from gwennie2006...

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For some similar techniques for a different style of textured, you can have a look at these examples. Each is much better explained in the blog written about each of the edits. The indivisual blog links are below the images...
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Check out these blogs too from the
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

and It flows like a river...

bark! venusComp1InsideLinerFoldout Kancamagus (swift river)

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So many times when you photograph natural scenes additional details can be brought out quite easily. Try it by simply duplicating the original background layer. Select the lasso tool, and have the feather pretty strong, maybe 30-50 pixels. Select and area roughly defined by its edges. Add some contrast, sharpness, and maybe push the color some with the color balance or hue adjustments. I also added to the motion of the water with the Motion Blur function. Again I just selected a portion of the water, copied it to a new layer, and blurred matching the alignment of the motion. Here are a couple other motion and texture enhanced examples...
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Function of Form • Patterns in Nature....
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Influences of Form: Annie Leibovitz (4 of 4) Function of Form | Patterns in Nature Function of Form | Patterns in Nature Function of Form | Patterns in Nature
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