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Before & After #21

 
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Feb 14, 2008 23:12 |  #1

This game is to help those of us who are trying to learn new tricks when it comes to editing.

Here's the breakdown of the game. I will post a picture that I choose, resized to exactly 800 pixels maximum on the long side. Outside of being resized it has to be unedited...meaning no adjustments to any levels, it has to look like it did as it came out of the camera.

The game will last 48hrs and whoever can produce the best edited image (as judged by me) will be picked and it'll be their turn to post their unedited picture for all of us to take a crack at.

The participants must have there "Image Editing OK" turned on and they must provide at least a simple breakdown of how they edited the image, some entrants are a little vague on this point, please give us all details so we can learn and share tips. For instance if you use the unsharp mask tool or Smart Sharpen, provide us with the adjustments you used so others can try them out.

You can post multiple images, but the first image you post will be the one that is judged - all other images will be considered for knowledge and tip use only.

Also, please keep all comments, be they positive or negative, to yourself until after the game has ended.

If you happen to be the winner of the game please start the next one with the title of the game and the following number. For example…the next game should read (Before and After #21.)

This is all about having fun so have at it!!!

This game will end on February 17th, 2008 @ 12:00am eastern, 9:00pm (pacific)

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Feb 15, 2008 03:21 |  #2

I had alot of fun with the mountain on this one.

-Cropped the photo
-Sharpened
-Added contrast
-Used the dodge tool on pretty much everything then lowered the opacity
-Made a new layer set on soft light and added color to the mountain,water and parts of the boats then lowered the opacity
-Copped some layers of the photo and lowered opacity until I got the sky the way I wanted.
-added border and text.

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Feb 15, 2008 08:01 as a reply to  @ BitterSweet's post |  #3

I went for a more accurate approach this time.

The same old ****. level, curves, blending layers and masking combine all this with different blending modes to bring forward details.

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Feb 15, 2008 13:57 as a reply to  @ erixon's post |  #4

flip image & save
merge right & left images
crop
curves
saturation +15
contrast +4
Sharpen in LAB radius .o9 110%
Gradient overlay 50% gray colour to upper 50% of image
Lens flare @ 75% brightness
remove noise
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Feb 15, 2008 14:51 |  #5

This photo reminded me of a postcard, so I tried to run with that.

Didn't have to do much. I think all I did to the actual picture was up the red, blue and yellow and add more contrast.
Created the edge by resizing the canvas, then selecting the white and adding a filter from the elements gallery called ocean ripple.
Added the text.


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Feb 15, 2008 14:57 |  #6

I liked working with this photo.
-I started by adding some clouds
-Added some contrast
-Altered the exposure
-Boosted the saturation
-Sharpened a little

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Feb 15, 2008 15:18 as a reply to  @ CesarAmbriz's post |  #7

My first contest, hope its alright.

Levels
Contrast
Shadow & Highlight
Saturation on the individual channels
Lens Correction (Vignette)
Border

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Feb 15, 2008 17:30 as a reply to  @ TxDietwater's post |  #8

well ok I attempted something - I removed the color basically, brightened it a little and that's about it! :lol: I would like to add a black border but I haven't figured out how to do that yet.:o Anyways, here it is..B&W version

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Feb 15, 2008 20:30 |  #9

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Ok, I copied then roated the picture.
put together in Pano mode.
Tweaked levels.
Tweaked Highlights and Shadows.
Used Nik plugin to intensify colors.
Added warm.
Selected sky.
Added gradient to sky.
Clipped Moon from another picture.
Pasted moon into new layer.
Earsed out bottom half moon. Set layer at 35% saturation.
Added Nik pluging Dark blue gradient for early morning effect.
Added warm photo filter to enitre picture.
Used Unsharpen filter at 75% set 3 pixels with 0 tolereance.
Flattened picture. Went to canvas to add a white border.
Added Drop shadow.

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Feb 16, 2008 21:53 as a reply to  @ Lunajen's post |  #10
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Awwww, shucks. ... I've been away for a couple of days, so it looks like I missed out on this one. ... Oh, well. There's some great stuff posted already. I already know which one I like best, it will be interesting to see which one you pick Zero!! ;);)


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Feb 17, 2008 06:23 |  #11

Everyone great job on this one. Here are the winners:

Flywing- I like the pano version it works out surprisingly well I can also see where you tried to get rid of the reflections on the water so that it didn't look like it was flipped. I also like how nicely detailed the mountains looks as well.

Lunajen- I also like your pan version as well. The moon sitting on the horizon is a nice touch and I also like the gradient effect on the sky.

An honorable mention to suzyb it does make a nice postcard. I like the border effect I think it does work with it. Sorry about that Silver we'll see what comes up in the next one. :D


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Feb 17, 2008 07:59 as a reply to  @ ZeroOne86's post |  #12

Congrats, & Thanks, appreciated. #22 is up.


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Feb 17, 2008 12:26 |  #13

Congrats to Flywing & everyone else.


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Feb 17, 2008 13:57 |  #14

Good job Flywing!




  
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Feb 17, 2008 22:06 as a reply to  @ suzyb's post |  #15
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Congrats to everyone!! When my family & I saw Flywing's panoramic image, we figured it was a winner. ... It looked like you created an entire marina with that edit. Absolutely outstanding, and the PP did a nice job on every aspect of the image.

The other versions were also outstanding, and could have won in their own right too. Nice job to all!! ;)


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