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Old 07-04-2012, 11:53 PM
Ana M Ana M is offline
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How to achieve this effect

Hey,

The client wants the same effect as the man in the banner of this picture :http://www.tariqramadan.com/?lang=fr

How do I get that kind of fade into the background colors/softness? Right now it just looks like I put the man on top of a background, even though I darkened one side of his face.

Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:49 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect

looks to me like they just blurred the edges of the man
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:28 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect

Any idea what kind of blur? I tried a whole bunch of them, adding some noise and wind got it closer, but I haven't been able to match.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:09 PM
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Re: How to achieve this effect

Seeing your image would help to figure out what to do get you closer to this look. The shadow on the wall of your example looks like it was blurred and part of the blur carried over to the edge of the hair.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:11 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect

In my opinion, what you could try:

1) duplicate the original layer
2) set the duplicated layer to "soft light" or "overlay" mode (depends on the amount of effect you're aiming at)
3) perform a gaussian blur on the duplicated layer, set the amount of blur around somewhat between 25 and 50 (depends on the original layer)
4) you can use a layer mask with a soft brush to determine where the effect takes place (for example you can set a large soft dot in the center of the face en use gaussian blur on the layer mask, so that only the edges of the face are being affected)
5) determine the right opacity for the duplicated layer for the right amount of effect.

Hope this works for you
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