What Program Do You Use For Photo Editing?
Posted 17 February 2004 - 11:33 AM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 11:43 AM
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Posted 17 February 2004 - 12:03 PM
For changing just skin tone or hair color, I've found the hardest step is just selecting the area you wish to edit. (Photoshop has a lot of tools that make it easier to select a specific area of an image such as magic wand, select color range, etc. Selection tools are certainly not exclusive to Photoshop though.) Any photo editing program that lets you select specific, odd shaped areas and then let's you edit just the selection should do it. Once you have the area selected that you want to change, it's a combination of adjusting the brightness, contrast, color balance, saturation, etc. to get the desired result. I've had little success using 'color substitution' routines in any photo editor that I've used.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 12:52 PM
I don't know how other people do things, but this is what I would do if I wanted to change the skin colour in a picture: I'd open a new layer (layers are your friends. Leyers love you and want you to be happy) to do the actual changes in, then I'd chose the colour I want to use, let's say green (In this example, we want to colour Aerie green. Who wouldn't?). I'd set the opacity low (or do you set the transparency high? No, I think it's the other way around), about 10% or so, and then I'd paint the parts that I want to change, using the normal brush tool.
Then I'd chose a darker shade of the same colour, set the opacity even lower and put in shadows in about the same places as they are in the original picture, but since I wouldn't be able to tell the difference anyway I don't think it matters. Now Aerie should be nice and green, and the original picture should still be visible. Since all the changes are in a new layer, it's possible to erase them again if they're not good enough (ideally, every single change should be in a new layer, but for some reason I always seem to get the thing I like the most and the thing I like the least in the same layer so I have to keep both of them...).
The only other tools I've really used are the clone stamp and the smudge tool â€“ most of the changes in these portraits are done with one of them (Aerie's cleavage is copy-pasted, though. I could have done that with the clone stamp as well, but that would have felt a bit too intimate). In the first Jaheira portrait, the braids are clone stamped from pictures from some page about hair styles, and the armour is made from bits and pieces of various silver jewelry (well, pictures of silver jewelry, actually). In the Viconia picture, I only used the smudge tool, so that's basically a ten-second edit. Nalia has a little of both (smudge tool for the face and hair, clone stamp for the dress).
Umm... what was it you asked again?
Edited by JPS, 17 February 2004 - 12:53 PM.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 04:58 PM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 05:52 PM
BTW, who is TAFKNAA? I was thinking it was something like "The Artists Formerly Known As..." but the letters in the acronym don't line up correctly...
Posted 17 February 2004 - 05:53 PM
Edited by BigRob, 17 February 2004 - 06:03 PM.
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Posted 18 February 2004 - 01:56 PM
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