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Cheap Plastic Mask

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pstewart



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Used Photoshop 7.

(I deleted the first upload after I realized I'd forgotten to put in holes for the elastic string! Oops! So here it is in working order. It's SO cheap however that you have to provide your own elastic string. )

Rather than put the mask ON the face, I decided to take the challenge literally and simply make a mask from a face. I used the face of the man counting beans in an earlier challenge.

After cutting out the face and eye/nose holes, I flipped half of it over the other to make it symmetrical then put the result on a separate layer.

Applied smart blur and other blur filters while making several dupe layers with different blending modes till I got rid of the fine detail of the skin and made the beard stand out. Then I applied KPT's guassian glow (without KPT, you can get same effect by blurring dupe layer and blending in darken mode) and lessened its effect with opacity.

Last filter was "artistic-->plastic wrap" to give it a plastic look.

I then went to "layer styles" and chose "bevel and emboss" and contoured the edges. Then the next and last step is what actually gave it the molded shape...

I duped the beveled layer and erased away the areas I wanted to mold. This worked because the bevel style applies itself to all edges of the layer, and I was adding edges by erasing, while the original under it showed through to provide a solid mask.

I have been concentrating on learning to use the layer styles for about a week now, and have found many valuable uses for this feature, but so far I think this molding effect is my favorite discovery.

Phyllis
· Date: 9/26/2002 · Views: 6512 · Filesize: 156.5kb · Dimensions: 504 x 575 ·
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Nick Carter

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Registered: March 2002
Location: Leichhardt, Queensland, Australia
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9/27/2002 1:20am

In the original version you posted, my comments that you left out the holes and string hardly apply now.
As before, it is an excellent rendition, and would sell well in the Toy Stores.
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pstewart

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9/27/2002 2:34am

It became obvious that the holes were missing when I tried a second version--putting the mask back on the Bean Man's face. Then I realized mask-on-face has already been done here (superbly by my hero Visual Eyes), but still wanted to add the holes. It had only been up here for a short time so I figured I could slip a replacement in, but Nick's just too fast for me...LOL!

Phyllis (who's not the only one who spends way too much time on this site! )
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clare

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9/27/2002 6:46am

Hello Phyllis,
I really like this - its spooky due to its realistic qualities.
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VisualEyes

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9/27/2002 3:53pm

Cool. It *really* looks like a mask. You can almost smell the cheap plastic! Nice work.
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Doug Nelson

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Registered: August 2001
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9/28/2002 10:34am

I do like this one, and must say that this is the kind of thing I had in mind when I wrote the Challenge.

Good work!

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DJ Dubovsky

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Registered: August 2001
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9/30/2002 12:04am

OOOh Phyllis, that is so cool. Now that's a mask.
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Kristin
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Registered: June 2002
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10/2/2002 11:04pm

Very nice work.. can I buy this to wear for Hallowe'en?

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Toad

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10/4/2002 2:56pm

Tres cool!!
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mama alligator

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10/5/2002 3:49am

Wow, is that ever good.
Just like the ones in the store. Really cool Phyllis.
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Sam

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10/7/2002 2:39am

Very well done. I'd lose the string holes, though - they distract from an otherwise powerful image.
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pstewart

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10/10/2002 3:31am

Thanks to all for your kind remarks.

Looks like Sam and Nick disagree on the hole issue. I guess I lean toward having the annoying little holes because of accuracy, even though I agree with Sam that they are a distraction.

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pstewart

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10/10/2002 3:32am

Looks like Sam and Nick disagree. I guess I lean toward having the annoying little holes because of accuracy though, even though I agree with Sam that they are a distraction.

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TUBORG
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Registered: November 2003
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11/29/2003 8:38am

that is amazing
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