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Before & After #151

 
BitterSweet
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Jan 11, 2009 22:37 |  #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 1024 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 72hrs 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 their "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 & After #152".

This is all about having fun so have at it!!!
Any edit, over-the-top creative or subtle, is encouraged!

This game will end on Wed. January 14th at 11:30pm EST

Ok so I really didn't have many pictures for this so hopefully everyone is ok with a flower :)


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Jan 11, 2009 22:51 |  #2

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Background - Apply image - Screen 100%
Hue/Sat ~ 10%
Blur ~ Radius 25


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Jan 12, 2009 20:59 as a reply to  @ monty28428's post |  #3
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This was a great picture to work with . There were several things I thought of, but in the end, I decided to go with a rather classic edit. I tried to emphasize the inherent beauty of the rose. Most of the work simply involved burning and cloning, but there was also some color & lighting adjustments as well:

  • Separate Hue/Sat adjustments to magenta & yellow to enhance the rose
  • Hue/Sat adjustment to green to de-emphasize the leaves
  • Levels adjustment to bump contrast around rose petals
  • Lots and lots of burning @ 5% exposure around the shadowed edges of the rose petals to enhance depth & definition.
  • Lots of cloning to complete leaves that were cut off at edges of the original image
  • Extend black canvas
  • Removed some of the leaves
  • Did I mention, lots of burning around the petals.
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Jan 12, 2009 21:25 |  #4

for a more artistic approach....

Duplicated background layer.
Applied threshold adjustment (image>adjustment>threshold) to bring out the petals a bit.
Changed threshold layer to overlay
Flattened...

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Jan 13, 2009 09:31 |  #5

Converted to b\w with b\w Styler plugin, added the frame there and a diffused slightly.
Painted in the pink w\color replacement tool and changed pigment along the way.
Ran thru high pass filter 3% (decided the image was just to diffused here)
Used find edges w\15% overlay
Softened a little more.

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Jan 13, 2009 14:10 |  #6

I did this at work earlier today so can't remember exactly...

Seperated flower from background, sharpened rose.
Used a darkening effect in curves, changed the hue and color balance and then blurred, burnt and dodged selected areas of the flower.
I aldo removed the one petal.
I darkened the background, blurred it, upped the contrast slightly and changed the hue
Added a third scratchy layer with high contrast and set it at about 15% opacity
Cropped and burnt a slight vignette on background

It might be a little dark...


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Jan 14, 2009 10:23 |  #7

Here's my go at it:
Kind of a classic selective color take on it, quick and dirty :)

curves level to bring up the reds and eliminate some of the yellow.
hue/sat level to change the yellows, eliminate all but the pinks, and desat the rest
crop/rotate
copy+paste flower to new level, opacity down to 8%
add levels layer to blow out lights and darks a little and another hue/sat to tweak the color
unsharp mask at about 60%, 25px, and 10 levels
and a light vignette at about 10%

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Jan 14, 2009 15:00 as a reply to  @ kidgetup's post |  #8

Ok, lets see if I can remember-
cropped
duplicated layer, multiply
adjusted curves, levels
hue/saturation
warm filter
selected background, adjusted color, slight blur
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Jan 14, 2009 22:28 |  #9

Great job everyone on the edits. I've been checking them out for the last 2 days and I'm still had a hard time picking a winner.

Monty- I really like the blur effect you did. It gave the image a really nice dreamy day look.
Silver- You made it seem as if the rose was in some garden lighted by the full moon. Awesome job.
R_Metzel- Very creative but I'm just a little disappoint that a lot of detail was lost in the flower but it's still very artistic :)
Frenchfx- I would love that kind of rose during Halloween :)
SQuiP- I really like the crop and the way you were able to bring out a lot of detail out of the rose and the color just rocks.
Kidgetup- You were able to the the crop and angle that I was going for when I was trying to take the picture but couldn't figure out how to get. Also like how you were able to bring out the pinks.
Ihos- your edit almost looks like the one I did but better. If it was a bit sharper it would have been perfect.

So I narrowed it down to two people SQuiP and Ihos. Both were really good and thought they brought the rose out the most in the image. In the end I pick SQuiP.

Congrats SQuiP you're up.


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Jan 14, 2009 22:53 as a reply to  @ BitterSweet's post |  #10
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This is one of the best sets in a while. Great job to EVERYONE !!
... Ilse, I told you !!! ;)


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Jan 14, 2009 23:40 |  #11

Thank you :D :D :D
Next one is up:
BA #152


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Jan 15, 2009 02:56 as a reply to  @ SQuiP's post |  #12

Nice job SQuiP!

I really liked your effects! The distress caused by the scratches layer is awesome! See you in the next one!


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Jan 15, 2009 04:13 |  #13

Great job SQuiP, loved the scratch type layer also.


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Jan 15, 2009 14:17 |  #14

Haha, yup I'm hooked on it :D
Thanks all!


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Jan 15, 2009 15:14 |  #15

Congrats Ilse!! Awesome edit!




  
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