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31 August 2006 @ 09:30 pm
 

PHOTO MANIP MIS-HAP!

okay so you've probably heard all the huff about how over airbrushed all the photos from bsg were (here's an example for those of you who didn't notice) Right - so this is how NOT to do a photoshop manip, but how about what a good photoshop manip should like?


The first rule of brushing up pictures is subtlety - each subject is individual and it is important not to lose the lines and flaws that define them! so gently gently people!

Using your clone tool on an opacity of about 17% is a good way of quietly removing flaws. 
Skin creases don't always need to be removed, instead you can soften them by creating a new layer - picking (with the colour picker) a lighter tone in the person's skin colour and using the paint brush (on about 8 or 9%) to lighten the area over the crease.
Another helpful hint is that skin colour flaws (ie, the more yellow skin around eddie's eyes), can be removed with the same technique above.

Okay, the example:

1.) The edited picture of eddie :)



2.) The original picture...




 
 
 
clare009clare009 on August 31st, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
Great technique. Do you have any more tutorials?

Also, yeah, the BSG photos have this surreal quality because they've been touched up so much.
ellymellyellymelly on August 31st, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
no more tutorials - but you can ask me questions and i can answer them lol :D i'm always happy to help with photoshopping :D

*surreal* that's a good word to discribe the photos! especially that one of lee from the ensamble! it looks like he has a major tan and blue eye shadow!

btw LOVE your icon - so true :D
clare009clare009 on August 31st, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
I've been using GIMP more and more lately - mostly because I'm a cheapscate and can't afford the new version of photoshop/don't feel like looking for a pirated version.

But technique is probably pretty much the same regardless of what you use.

Currently I've been focusing more on digital painting and having fun with that. I wish I could do hair, though.
ellymelly: rulersellymelly on August 31st, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
aww a gimp-er! lol, dad tried to convert me but i just stuck a post-it note to his head saying, "PHOTOSHOP" :D

If you wanted a copy of photoshop i can send you one (i sent katie one so i don't mind) *and* i include a bonus disk of brushes and fonts.

i saw your digital painting over at your livejournal and it's so FRAKKING cool! i have NO idea how you do that but it rocks. btw - i thought the hair was excellent! *shakes head* what do you mean, 'can't do hair?' lol
clare009clare009 on August 31st, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)
Actually, I cheated - with the hair I used a couple of 'hair' brushes that created a great effect without any work.

The rest of the painting was easy because I used a stock photo. First I traced the photo on a new layer, then I opened up the photo in a different screen and using that as a ref, I chose colours and painted them into the appropriate areas, then kept on blending and working it until it came out as I wanted. I changed some things here and there to match the charaters like the guy's nose! That was it.

Of course, I'd love a copy of photoshop! Even though I like using gimp - you can never have enough graphics programs.
ellymelly: say whatellymelly on August 31st, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
wow - i'm so impressed - that sounds way harder than a little bit of air-brushing!

if you want a copy of photoshop - just email me, elly@zenucom.com
clare009clare009 on August 31st, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Lol - don't be - mostly its just time consuming. I read the technique in a tutorial and I love how it turned out. :) I will definitely be emailing!
datsue: PapAdamadatsue on August 31st, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
wow...that is a great way of doing things...with which version of PS is it done? I still feel like a novice and have got no clue
(Anonymous) on August 31st, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
photoshop 7 (the BEST copy of photoshop)

i know there are lots of people who want the latest one, but i've used almost all of them, (obviously all the new ones) and 7 is the most user friendly and can do heaps of things that some of the newer ones can't :D
ellymellyellymelly on August 31st, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
oops - that was me being a tool forgetting to log in :D