Remember back to when you were first learning Photoshop? You probably went through and applied different filters, maybe you tried doing a colorized-black-and-white image, maybe you created some color effects stuff like that. Well, the idea was to experiment! You didn’t know how things would turn out you just started TRYING things.
There is nothing wrong with this experimental stage, but at some point you need to LEAVE that stage and you need to come into your digital darkroom with a very clear idea of what you want and some basic ideas on how to get there… otherwise you’re probably just making your photos worse, not better.
I love using Photoshop as both a conceptual tool and a tool to make slight (nearly invisible) improvements, and in the case of the Samurai series I went in with a clear idea that I wanted to create a slight vide0-game reality to these images.
To show my post-processing handiwork I downloaded a Before & After plugin from Instruite that is kind of cool. There should be a little slider that you can move back and forth to see the changes, first image is straight out of the camera.
Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!
I really like this plugin! Its a great interactive way to show before/after images and very efficient for comparing the amount of post production involved in the image. Aside from that, I love the additions that you were able to create with what looks like your tablet. (the painterly colored additions to the wardrobe.)
I have noticed many changes to your work over the past year!
Stay afloat and keep reinventing your style while pushing the limits.
I’m almost wondering why you even bothered taking a photo given the amount of PS work 😉
would you care to share another tutorial? i’d love to see how you get the skin and hair looking so polished… or maybe you can recommend a text or online site where one can learn this skill?
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