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Best Soft Focus with \"glow\" FX /ATN for PS?
Old 11-08-2004, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi..I've been looking for awhile for the "best" soft focus/with glowing highlights effect...focalblade does a great soft focus but not really with glowing highlights....what are people hear using and liking in the plugin/action arena for this in PS?
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like the NIK Color Efex Pro 2.0 plugin. Its classical soft focus does a nice job:



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Re: Best Soft Focus with \"glow\" FX /ATN for PS?
Old 11-12-2004, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check out DCE Tools.....they have a demo set that has quite a few nice little things in it....demo doesnt expire....but do send them a few bucks if you like it....


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Old 11-13-2004, 02:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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instead of doing it in post, you could also try doing it optically in production with, as an example, pro-mist filters.
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Re: Best Soft Focus with \"glow\" FX /ATN for PS?
Old 11-28-2004, 04:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tip..BTW what kind of lighting did you use on that shot? Do you have a diagram?
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Jimmy:

I have mixed feelings about doing it in camera: yes on film, no on digital. One exception is the Canon EF 135 f.28 SF lens; it lets you dial in some, more, or no soft focus. I like that a lot. My experience with on-camera filters (in digital) is that it provides less control. Applying nik's Clasic Soft focus to a Layer, and then erasing the eyes on that layer to keep the eyes sharp is a favorite technique.

But ya' know when all is said and done, my opinion doesn't mean anthing on this and any photographic topic. There is no true ONE WAY to do ANYTHING in photography. If you like it, that's all that matters.

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Old 11-28-2004, 04:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The shot was made with a Ringlight. Here is what it looked like:



I've overlaid a closeup of the bulb type in the middle. This is a 5000K bulb. Each of the sides has two bulbs. The model is on one side, and I was on the other. There is a large white reflector off to the left.

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My glow shot
Old 11-28-2004, 04:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here is a shot of model Lindsey. To apply the glow, I added a duplicate layer, then did a gaussian blur with radius of 11.5. I then used a blend mode of "overlay" and an opacity of 60%. So no plugin was needed. You can make an action of that and have an instant glow filter.



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Re: My glow shot
Old 11-29-2004, 06:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Try screen blending the gaussian blurred layer. It gives a little bump to the highlights.

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Old 11-30-2004, 03:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The screen mode didn't seem to give me as good of results as the overlay or softlight blend modes. The screen mode made it too light. I usually use the screen mode and a duplicate layer when I have a dark image that I'm trying to refurbish.



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