Photoshopping…across the metaverse..
There was a great post up on the Designing Nicky Ree Satin Shine Flickr group today, and it got me thinking. Basically, what constitutes ‘heavy’ photoshopping. I have three entries in that contest, so I had a good think about what constitutes ‘heavy’ and what constitutes ‘acceptable’. Then, I went back and pulled up the originals of my pictures and looked at exactly what I did. And so, in the interests of transparency and in a spirit of fun, here is exactly what I did. I think its acceptable in all three, though I can imagine that purists may argue that at least one of them is heavy. I put an example of what I consider ‘heavy’ at the bottom.
First, though, it’s important to note a couple of things. Inworld, you can shoot in a studio, with whatever backdrop, lighting, effects, fuzziness, filters etc, that you like. You can also shoot out of a studio using all the same things. You can also use large transparent prim panels with the glow set to different levels to create soft pretty effects. You can fiddle with the sliders til your eyes can’t tell the difference any more, and you can get all sorts of gizmo’s and lights to attach to yourself.
Next, you really need an excellent video card, and I am lucky enough to have a RADEON HD4850, in a computer with lots of grunt. You can also shoot in large size. So when I take ‘some’ snapshots, they are at 6000 by 3550, ultra setting, they’re around 60mb and my SL crashes every three shots. But its at that point ‘untouched’.
If you’re me, you’re not so good at a lot of the inworld stuff, but photoshopping is a skill. I really did enjoy going back and looking at what I did and deciding if it constituted heavy or light. My vote on my three are: almost none, not much, and a fair bit. But heavy – well, that is what I did to my RFL entry. And I’ll explain that one at the end.
Picture One was actually an accident. I was doing some shots at Brideswell Hall for Primperfect, I knew about the DNR contest and had already picked up the Champagne gown, and when I was playing with lighting inside the airship, was so in love with one set of colours I whipped the dress on, lined up a couple of poses and clicked away. It was shot in smaller size though 3360 x 1988 and High setting. This is the result:
The only thing I’ve done to this today is make it small enough not to blow up this blog. I then did the following – Cropped to around 1800 x 1800, then put some blurring on those jagged skirt lines, and under the arm because the quality of the picture wasn’t so good. Then I reduced it to 1024, adjusted the hue and saturation to make it nice and pale, the levels to make it brighter, and saved it. The frames around them go without saying.