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How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It Out!

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Old 06-21-2008, 03:35 PM
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How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It Out!

I've tried to re-create this a dozen different ways, and I cannot duplicate the effect. Nothing fancy was done with the camera because I saw the original a couple years ago and it was a pretty standard color photo, but I didn't keep it. This is all Photoshop.

All suggestions or sample photos would be appreciated.

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Old 06-21-2008, 04:19 PM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

I think this is similar to what you want.
Used a Curves AL and made it M shaped, then added a Gradianr map AL set to black to white and tweaked slightly, then a little levels adjustment.

Hope it gets you on your way.

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Old 06-22-2008, 09:34 AM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

Yes, like Peter says, this "solarization" effect can be done using curves, converted to B&W. (See attached for curve)
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:41 AM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

Thanks guys,

I appreciate your versions and the M curve info and the graphic showing the curve adjustment. It helps a lot.

One of the things that I'm trying to accomplish with this technique is to be able to reduce or at least control the 'glare' factor and keep it as natural in it's lines and contrast as possible when using this radical of a process. You can even see freckles on the shoulder in the sample image.

I did find the original that the final "Blackness" version came from. Maybe that will help because it will give a common starting point and get rid of other variables such as different colors, lighting, etc., etc.

I look forward to more approaches to this end result.

Thanks much, John
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Old 06-22-2008, 12:30 PM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

This particular one can be gotten with a much simpler curve, John. If you convert to B&W first, you can preview the curve effect easier. You just have to keep adjusting slightly until you get exactly what you want.
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:15 PM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

I took a cue from Lonk and used the solorize filter. Then I used Photoshops black and white conversion set to the blue preset.
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:06 PM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

Thanks much for your replies and insight.

After trying and failing for ages, and I mean LOTS of attempts over a few months, I used your combined suggestions, and in less than 5 minutes came up with the image linked to the thumbnail below - You guys hit the bullseye. It needs a couple touches, but all images do and it's 99% there. I hadn't come anywhere close to that in my solo efforts. I'll get back to the touchups, but I wanted to get out a quick thanks for your feedback.

At the risk of seeming greedy, but not wanting to miss out on a great source when I've found it, I've found something that puzzles me about this and I want to figure it out. I've been trying to apply this same technigue to a photo of a friend of mine. While her features are a slightly darker and the garments a bit heavier, I can't see how that could keep me from making the effect work, but when I try, it comes out all harsh and blown out...

I'm hoping for some more suggestions.

Here's a link to a higher res 1 meg file and below is the thumb for the 100K version.
http://www.smugmug.com/photos/318538983_dFQ5W-O-1.jpg


Thanks again, John

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Old 06-23-2008, 03:26 PM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

Hey John, the effect doesn't work on every image the same. It's an issue of brghtness and contrast and the effect that solarize has as well as the effect that the bw conversion has on different colors.
I used levels an ran the midtone slider up to make the face lighter. Then I did solarize, then bw with the blue preset but the tweeked the individual sliders to lighten the effect on the eyes and skin.
I believe it's the same method it will just take some messing around with the levels or curves on the origional before you solorize.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:00 PM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

M curve
Grad Map
Levels
D&B on eyes

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Old 06-23-2008, 06:12 PM
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Re: How Do You Do This Effect - I Can't Figure It

I hope you can see this - my first attempt to upload a picture, being a newbie.

Technique here was
* convert to grayscale
* solarize filter
* play with curves, brightness-contrast
time: about 3 minutes
--DCW
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