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How much is too much?
Old 12-13-2004, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I was going through some of my older images and I thought I saw some opportunities to turn around some ok, but not awesome pictures. I blame myself entirely for the quality of the pics, the model did an excellent job. I know PS will never make an ok pic great, but I was hoping for something ok-er or kinda good. Basically I was initially going for a high key shot. What I did to the image was pretty simple. Dupe the background layer and diffuse glow with 0 granularity. Slide the opacity to 60-80%. Go back to the background layer and use the quick mask and paint brush to select the eyes, brows, nostrils, hair, clothing, and body outline. Copy and paste is to a new layer, slide the new layer to the top, drop its opacity to 25-40% and set the layer to luminosity mode. I'm torn on the results. Sometimes I like it, sometimes its too much. In audio production they tell you in the final mix to back off your effects 10-15% because you get used to hearing them and keep turning them up. Should I have turned the PS down or does it work? Feel free to have at it yourselves!

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Re: How much is too much?
Old 12-13-2004, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Having used so much of this technique myself, I understand your dilemma, but the best answer I can give you is they BOTH work, dependant upon your use of the picture. While learning and playing with light, you end up with countless images that "would be awesome if only"...and yes, nothing beats a well shot picture that requires little or no post production, but how cool to now have a process to resurrect those marginal images and give them new life. Your first image is soft and exotic, the second image is vibrant and electric. I like them both!
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Old 12-14-2004, 01:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is my take on it.
I did quite a bit on it.
Used photoshop CS, filter diffuse glow, changed the color of the lips, reduced the shadow around the eyes, added diffuse glow to the lips and some other changes. I guess what Im saying is that its never to much, it just has to be controlled and its up to the artist's eye.


 
 
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like it, nice elegant solution too. Goldylocks... just right.

I generally have my partner look at my PS work because I definitely get used to looking at it and can't discern too much from not enough. She's an Art Director and really knows how to give an honest critique... I'm talking painfully honest.

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