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Old 01-16-2010, 10:10 AM
galvaros galvaros is offline
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Artificial Blurred Highlights

hi everybody,

i'm trying to make such blurred highlights as for example here (by Bruno Dayan):

under the assumption that these are done post, how would you do it?

i coudn't achieve anything comparable using the photoshop lens blur filter, because its blur circles don't have the subtle brightness changes in a circle (e.g. on the rim, as often with real lens-induced blurred highlight circles).

does anybody have any other idea how to achieve this in post?

thanks alot!

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Old 01-16-2010, 10:54 AM
RamYad RamYad is offline
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Re: Artificial Blurred Highlights

I think these may be an overlay from another photograph that may have these out of focus highlights.

You could try drawing a number of small circles of the size you want and then using the lens blur, reduce the opacity and try different blending modes.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:46 PM
galvaros galvaros is offline
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Re: Artificial Blurred Highlights

Yeah, after experimenting for some time i think they are from a real image rather than done in post.

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Old 01-16-2010, 02:12 PM
Rydiant Rydiant is offline
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Re: Artificial Blurred Highlights

Gorgeous work there! Wow. I love his use of defocused highlights (often called bokeh highlights.)

You might try getting a highlight from a photograph and turning it into a series of brushes. I say "series" because you'll want to use the same shape in a single photograph, yet account for some variety in edge brightness among the highlights and even the brightness falloff you sometimes see across a single highlight.

Ideally, try to get a large sample where you can see texture inside the shape. Make sure the shape of the highlight matches any highlights already in the picture you're retouching. Once you've isolated one, consider it your base version from which you'll make a few others. Tweak the original to suit your taste, or better yet, your understanding of how and why the edge brightness and brightness falloff across the highlight varies.

To draw using your brushes, try playing with the parameters in the Brushes palette. I'll leave it to you or others to suggest how to colour and scatter the highlights across the picture. Don't forget to vary the opacity, too.
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