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The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
Old 02-02-2005, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Personally, I think it's "diffusion glow." Don't get me wrong, it's a great tool. But it seems a lot of people throw such heavy applications of it at their model images that, well, that they( the models) sometimes end up looking like anemic zombies.

What do some of you people think are the most over-used, mis-used, and abused PS tool and/or filters?
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Re: The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
Old 02-02-2005, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Over-smoothing skin. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Over-whitening eyes. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Over-sharpening hair and eyes and lips. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]



ps - I'd re-do this image if I knew where the fk-in CD the original is on is, ya know?
 
 
Re: The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
Old 02-02-2005, 07:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree. Diffusion Glow has been worn right out.

Also, there are some images here that I spend more time looking at the fancy copyright notice than I do the remainder of the image. So I might throw Text and Layer properties in there too.
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Re: The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
Old 02-02-2005, 08:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Agreed Jimmy,
It's wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy over used.


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OK, then what\'s the most requested effect and the tool that produces it?
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Yeah, well... diffuse glow seems to be the most-requested tool in my Photoshop tool box. The models (and, more importantly, the customers) seem to love it. When I'm doing up images for the models and/or proofs for the other folks, I'll often do one with diffuse glow and one without, and invariably the one with diffuse glow gets the pick! I DO try to get rid of the anemic look by bumping up the saturation a bit, though.




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Re: The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
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hmmm.. I have never even used diffusion glow..... maybe I should use and and start over using it...hmmmm...
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Re: The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
Old 02-02-2005, 09:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with that statement.. I think we should rename it "Mannequin Maker".. but then again, mannequins are looking more human every day...


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Re: The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
Old 02-02-2005, 10:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I get in trouble with my wife all the time for squeezing the nipples on the mannequins. Geez though, shopping is soooooo boring!! She just has no sense of humor.
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Re: The Most Over-Used, Mis-Used, and Abused PS Tools and Filters?
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Never used it either. Is there a proper application for it? (Diffuse Glow)

I think that the Gaussian Blur is over done a lot of the time.
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Unsharp Mask...
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I may draw fire for this but I've seen a lot of really nice images ruined by heavy handed USM'ing. Edge halos, speckled hair, icy contrast... just too much of a good thing. Frequently the imperfections get emphasized right along with the edges, like skin pores, CCD noise, film grain, etc.

You can sharpen without abusing USM using the high pass filter, it's an excellent way to do it quickly and have a sharpening layer you can tune at will, but High Pass still sharpens the bad stuff so in lots of situations you're still better off with USM and a carefully adjusted threshold.

The deal is, and some of you already know this because I've seen it used here, is an edge mask you can use to leave the smooth areas alone while you work on the edges.

Basically, it's a mask you build up using a copy of the BG layer. You transfer that to a new channel which you can use to select only edge zones. The coolest thing is, you can invert the channel and select only the smooth zones. It's a great way to work on smooth expanses of skin without touching the edges.

Here's an example, it's not one I would actually use; I made it to suit image sizing and JPEG limitations and still look right. (please ignore the huge sensor blob right in the middle of her face... ruined that shoot)...


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