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Face in Twilight
Face in Twilight

More in the before/after series. Substantial edits to this one. I focused on the lighting pretty much exclusively because I like what it did to her face naturally, made it glow. I figured I could accentuate that nicely.

What I did on Potochop:
Duplicate the base layer and set the master opacity to multiple.
I masked her face mostly out - I just wanted to darken the rest of the photo.
Then I added gaussian blur filter at 8px to the layer.
Duplicate the duplicated layer. This I'll use to add the faint glow.
So, upped the brightness to like +87.
Then deleted the copied layer mask and added a new on set. Dumped black paint on the layer mask to remove the whole thing. Then I very, very lightly masked in her face on the uber-blur layer.
Then I copied the base layer and burned the hell out of everything on the left part of the photo. I didn't want the shapes to be so distinct.
Flatten the layers. Set the bit-depth to 8 and added variation adjustments. I'm not sure the exact clicks but lots of yellows in the midtone and blue in the shadow.
Lastly, I added a very light bronze photo filter (opacity of 70) layer to warm it up.
Et, voila.

Face in Twilight - Before
More Before/After photos
Taken in Green Bay, Wi. Wonder who she was; she's cute.
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shortcakeness From: shortcakeness Date: May 6th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
this picture makes her look like Nel, nosering and all...
abmann From: abmann Date: May 6th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, Nel is cute too so it fits. :P
shortcakeness From: shortcakeness Date: May 6th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
nel is beyond cute.... :)

p.s. do you have any good pictures of the capitol and/or madison skyline that you would perhaps let me, or more directly, my firm use for our website, for free, but crediting you as the photog?
abmann From: abmann Date: May 6th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Check my Flickr account. I have few of the capitol.
madtownmichelle From: madtownmichelle Date: May 6th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
i bow before your mojo majik :)
abmann From: abmann Date: May 6th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It took YEARS to learn this. I spent most of 2004 in front of my computer learning all this stuff, nearly every night that entire year.
ralinad From: ralinad Date: May 6th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

May I suggest a bit of sharpening on the parts you want to stand out? It would make the eyelashes and ring pop a bit more.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 6th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point. I tend to forget/ignore sharpening and focus on contrast and burn/dodge tools to highlight what I want.

I hate the unsharp mask tool because it generally looks like crap even when doing small pixel widths.
ralinad From: ralinad Date: May 6th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use a highpass sharpening, its better than unsharp mask. I'm learning another technique that is supposedly better using channels, but its harder and more involved, and I don't have it nailed yet.

Highpass is nice in that it provides a sharpening *layer*. You can then mask it off, and vary its opacity like any other layer. Its also non-destructive, which is HUGE.

steps: Duplicate the layer you want to sharpen (has to be RGB), filter-other-highpass, radius 3-5px (on a high-res original file). Then set the blending mode of that new layer to "hard light", and pull back the opacity anywhere from 30-80%, and mask to your liking.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 6th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, I just tried that and it rocks.
ralinad From: ralinad Date: May 7th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Its teh awesome. Now I need to nail the channel method...
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