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VisualEyes



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Registered: September 2002
Location: Pasadena, CA
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1. Dupe layer and extract face with Knockout (or extract filter)
2. Erase around the extracted face until it has a mask shape. Erase eyes. Erase hole in side of face for the string.
3. Add underlaying layers for flesh depth and shadows (drop shadow blending mode doesn't look natural, so the shadows need to be created manually).
4. Draw string on separate layer using thin feathery brush. Add drop shadow.
5. Merge mask components and adjust levels.
6. Offset mask from original face until it looks interesting.
7. Merge layers and adjust levels again, and saturation. This second levels adjustment makes the mask slightly brighter than the original skin tone.
· Date: 9/18/2002 · Views: 10687 · Filesize: 43.1kb, 194.1kb · Dimensions: 800 x 632 ·
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Nick Carter

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Registered: March 2002
Location: Leichhardt, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 12
9/18/2002 8:21am

Extremely well done. Did you intend giving that effect, gives me an uneasy feeling, as giving the perceived thickness of the mask, whose eyes are looking at me.
Nick
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T Paul

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Registered: August 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 2,987
9/18/2002 11:11am

At first glance, all looks seemingly natural, but you know something is off. And then you follow the side of the face to the string and then you see it’s a mask! Very impressive results! I like the added details of the string tying the mask to the face and the glasses attached to the mask and not the face. It has a surreal quality about it. Superb job!

~T
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pstewart

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Registered: July 2002
Location: Chicago suburb
Posts: 790
9/18/2002 1:52pm

Wonderful!

Phyllis
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G. Couch

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Registered: January 2002
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 951
9/18/2002 2:15pm

Nick is right...definitely gives one an uneasy feeling. Exceptional image...I love the string and the way you integrated it with the mask and hair. The edges of the mask seem a little too blurry, especially the top...but that's just being nitpicky!

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-Greg

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VisualEyes

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Registered: September 2002
Location: Pasadena, CA
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9/18/2002 5:44pm

Thanks for the kind words all.

Nick: yes, that was the effect I was going for. What's *really* wierd is to grab the mask layer while editing and dynamically move it around - such a freaky effect!

G: You're right, nitpicky. My eraser was a little too soft edged and I was just a little too sleepy...

I originally did the challenge using my father-in-law's face, but my wife wasn't too happy about that.
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Jakaleena

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Registered: March 2002
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9/18/2002 9:55pm

What a wonderfully creepy, uneasy feeling this gives me - I love it!

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CJ Swartz

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,345
9/18/2002 10:10pm

I've never seen this done before -- very impressive. I did a real double-take! Great idea and execution!

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CJ (using CS5 on Win 7 )
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mama alligator

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Registered: August 2002
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 30
9/19/2002 1:21am

Very cool. And I think it follows the original stated challenge of "make a face into a mask", as opposed to put a mask on a face...though the others are charming too.
So is that you, VisualEyes?
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VisualEyes

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9/19/2002 12:25pm

"So is that you, VisualEyes?"
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Yes, that's both of me. Creepy and uneasy.
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molund
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Registered: August 2002
Location: stockholm, sweden
9/20/2002 11:08am

Disgusting.

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Leah

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Registered: August 2002
Location: London, UK
Posts: 518
9/20/2002 4:13pm

Fantastic idea and great execution (except for nitpicking). Definitely a WOW image that shows what's possible with the medium.

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Leah

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LQQKER

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Registered: June 2002
Location: Moon, Southwestern Tycho
Posts: 383
9/22/2002 8:03am

Looks like something that could have been used in a "Hannibal Lecter" movie. Nicely done.

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DJ Dubovsky

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Registered: August 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
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9/22/2002 10:10pm

Creepy in that it looks so realistic. That's a compliment.
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summertimerules
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Registered: July 2002
Location: PA
Posts: 18
9/24/2002 6:21pm

pretty cool idea..great mask!

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DannyRaphael

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Registered: March 2002
Location: Near Seattle, Washington, USA
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10/2/2002 3:07am

I'm just shaking my head in awe, Truman. Brilliant execution.

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