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Old 06-22-2007, 03:28 PM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

Wow - some great stuff!! Inspiring!!!!

Pam - yours is really great, how did you achieve that?

Rythmique - thats exactly the sort of thing I was thinking of, subtle changes! How did you do that? Stunning!
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:52 PM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

Pelle, Yelhsaneerg and Ant -
Thank you for the kind words, it means a lot to get feedback, particularly of the complimentary type! Especially to Pelle, only because I know his great PS work : )

Hi James,
I'm glad you liked it : ) These were my major steps:
- Used curves and levels to increase contrast, brighten it and warm up the colors.
- Added some Diffuse glow to blow out and at the same time, soften the highlights.
- Added a texture on top, played around with blend modes and opacity.

If you want to experiment with textures, here are a couple of good resources:

Mayang's textures:
http://mayang.com/textures/

Image After:
http://www.imageafter.com/textures.php

Texture Warehouse:
http://www.texturewarehouse.com/gallery/index.php
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:21 PM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

Thanks Pam

Testures definitely make a whole lot of difference and I'm not too experienced with them yet, so will look at those links!
I feel quite confident with me actual retouching skills, in the sense of smoothing out the skin and getting that flawless look - but just need to start throwing some creativity around!!
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:03 PM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

Heres my try never worked with textures before thanks pam, what do you think?

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Old 06-23-2007, 11:30 PM
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Emily thats so good!!! Another one of my favourites! What did you do to my eyes too? I feel I may have them changed to that color ;-)
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:37 PM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

Emily, that's it! It looks great. Textures are tons of fun to work with...you're going to come up with all kinds of reasons to use them. Keep experimenting!
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:40 AM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

um that one was linear dodge i believe...thanks, yea i do liek texture now thanks again pam...oh how did you get the outside edges to look burnt??
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:15 PM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

Emily,

I used the burn tool around the edges to darken. I set it to Shadows and used a low opacity. Another method is to open a new empty layer set to overlay or soft light on top and use a black brush at low opacity around the edges. Use a white brush to lighten.

You could also make a selection just inside the edges using the rectangular marquee tool, invert the selection (Ctrl + I), feather it, then use curves or levels to darken. This gives a different result than the burning I described above. Use whichever you think looks good.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:05 PM
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Re: Something Interesting ......

heres my try, was fun to do
one with light flare one without.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:44 PM
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Nice, Imko (and welcome). Oh... the 2nd. Lens flare is just a gimmick. Use it VERY sparingly, if at all. Certainly not in this case.
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