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Nick Moss

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Registered: April 2002
Location: North Carolina
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The issue for me was to keep him looking like a cadet, not a grizzled veteran, and to maintain his ethnicity since it was very easy to make him look japanese. The trick seemed to be keeping his face very pale, so when I applied contrast to the uniform and background I masked off the face to keep it unchanged. Then I worked on the face, first adding some contrast then providing the color. I found the undither brush very helpful again with the complexion; it smooths away blotches in a controled way that I can't get with the regular smoothing filters.
After I had fixed the face I went back to work on the cap, shining up the bill and strap, adding depth to the badge. The coat was straight contrast enhancement. I added some color with a dark blue but ran into problems because the dark uniform and cap were too much for the face. So, I took off some contrast to balance out the different parts, at the expense of the color.
The background has to be pretty pale otherwise it looks horrible but cannot be too bright as it becomes overwhelming. I found that decreasing the gamma brought out some interesting colors, principally yellows amd purples, so I did that then brightened it up with contrast sliders to fit with the image.
One thing that I have noticed is that the monoitor you use when fixing up these images makes a big difference. My CRT has gone yellow on me so I have had to use the LED on a notebook to finish the image. Not only is it quite different from the CRT but tt's hard to say how it will look when I post it as I can change the appearance a lot by just altering my viewing angle!

· Date: 3/28/2004 · Views: 5412 · Filesize: 27.6kb, 118.1kb · Dimensions: 1071 x 1400 ·
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DJ Dubovsky

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Registered: August 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
Posts: 1,659
5/2/2004 1:36pm

Excellent job Nick. Love the soft rose and yellow tones of the background. Real nice touch.
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