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Playing with Diffuse Glow
Old 01-23-2005, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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At the suggestion of Joey61 on another topic, I decided to fool around with the diffuse glow filter in photoshop to try and salvage an image that I wasn't pleased with. Here are the before and after images:

Before:


After (using diffuse glow, cropping, and some healing brush work):


What do you think of the look, and do you have any suggestions on what I should have done differently?

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A good explination. . .
Old 01-23-2005, 03:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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and advanced method of this technique can be found on pages 136 to 139 of How to Wow Photoshop for Photography. . . you DO have a copy don't you?
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Re: A good explination. . .
Old 01-23-2005, 04:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Actually I saw your post about that book and ordered a copy from Amazon.com yesterday. Thanks for the tip!

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Old 01-23-2005, 05:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks much better with the diffuse glow. Gives it that Maxim look. Still playing around with that on Photoshop myself. Nice shot!
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Re: A good explination. . .
Old 01-23-2005, 05:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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As a beginner and having SOOOOoooo much to learn, I bought the How to Wow book on Friday. So far it is very good. It offers easy (well...somewhat easy) to understnad methods and does a very good job of detailing the procedure being explained. For all newbies (meself included) to photography, It's a great addition to the "equipment".

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Being something of a purist ...
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Being something of a purist, I actually like the 'look' of human skin. With diffuse glow and a number of other P'shop renderings, it far too easy to lose the human look. It's too easy to turn human skin into a wax doll or plastic texture. I've no doubt that others will strongly disagree with me, but I think the P'shop 'touch' was too heavy handed. I think the skin has lost that human element in that image. Maybe back off a bit, some point in between the two versions?

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Re: Playing with Diffuse Glow
Old 01-24-2005, 01:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I like the crop. The diffuse glow really brings the image down. Maybe just the crop?

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I don\'t think so.
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Since this is a throw away image go ahead and play with it but your second shot went over the edge. It's a good crop but the woman on the right-her hand looks like a crab claw. Please don't take offense, it's just what I see.

If I were you I would adjust the midtone and shadow levels in Photoshop and lighten their skin tones without blowing out the rest of the whites then apply a light Difuse Glow to the image.

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Old 01-25-2005, 12:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks to everyone for your responses! I appreciate the input, critiques, and suggestions. After seeing what everyone had to say, I agree that the image is way too overdone. It was a good experiment, and I learned a lot from the exercise.

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