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ceddy1031
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« on: October 19, 2006, 07:25:35 PM »
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Hi,

Nice softness on this pictures.   Can anyone share how people get this effect? (softness and incredible eyes).    I would love to have pictures like that for my daughter.  





I have Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 but still can't get a results like this.
Any help will be great .

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Cedric
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2006, 08:17:37 PM »
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These look like something you could do with layer blending and Gaussian blur in PS. I'm going to see what I can do with some experimentation. You could just mask the eyes to keep them sharp.

There's an article on this website that illustrates a similar technique.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2006, 12:44:17 AM »
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Cedric,

Where did you find these photos? I would like to see more of this artist.

Thanks
Robert
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2006, 05:58:55 AM »
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You can get soft focus lenses (or just filters) that will create an effect like this.

it looks like it's been post processed to me, whilst leaving the eyes sharp. It looks
a bit too smooth for my liking, like a magazine cover
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2006, 01:23:13 PM »
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Hi Robert,

Aren't they beautiful.  
Here is the link.
http://www.pbase.com/kirstenmary/crossing_jordan

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Cedric




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Cedric,

Where did you find these photos? I would like to see more of this artist.

Thanks
Robert
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2006, 01:24:18 PM »
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Will the soft focus lenses (filter) will get me that effect?  I had one before and it look way far beyond this picture.  

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You can get soft focus lenses (or just filters) that will create an effect like this.

it looks like it's been post processed to me, whilst leaving the eyes sharp. It looks
a bit too smooth for my liking, like a magazine cover
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2006, 03:04:21 PM »
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Hi,

Nice softness on this pictures.   Can anyone share how people get this effect? (softness and incredible eyes).    I would love to have pictures like that for my daughter. 





I have Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 but still can't get a results like this.
Any help will be great .

Regards
Cedric
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Cedric

Try this:
Make two duplicate layers, one in lighten and one on darken mode.
Put a 30-40 gaussian blur on the layers and lower the opacity to around 30.
Merge the blurred layers and then put a mask on the merged layer and the then paint through that layer to highlight detail areas (eyes, lips etc.).

This will give you something approximating your examples, but experiment with the amount of gaussian blur and opacity.

Ian
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2006, 03:56:04 PM »
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Hi Ian,

Thanks for the advice,  I will try it out in a while .  

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Cedric

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Try this:
Make two duplicate layers, one in lighten and one on darken mode.
Put a 30-40 gaussian blur on the layers and lower the opacity to around 30.
Merge the blurred layers and then put a mask on the merged layer and the then paint through that layer to highlight detail areas (eyes, lips etc.).

This will give you something approximating your examples, but experiment with the amount of gaussian blur and opacity.

Ian
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2006, 01:44:55 AM »
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Cedric,

Thanks for the link. Yes they are beautiful indeed.
Please let me know if you got the desired effect in Photoshop.

Robert



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Hi Robert,

Aren't they beautiful.   
Here is the link.
http://www.pbase.com/kirstenmary/crossing_jordan

Regards
Cedric
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2006, 10:35:12 AM »
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I have Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 but still can't get a results like this.
Any help will be great .

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Cedric[a href=\"index.php?act=findpost&pid=81416\"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]

I have this as well and can get results similar like the pictures you have shown.

A very quick example
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2006, 10:42:12 AM »
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Hi Cedric,

These photos definitely spent some quality time in PS but if you want to try it practically on the camera, give this filter a go:

http://www.tiffen.com/displayproduct.html?...&itemnum=77SFX4

The great thing about Tiffen Soft FX filters is that they bloom highlights without seriously effecting the sharpness of the eyes.  All diffusion filters effect sharpness to some degree, so experiment with filter grades (1 through 5 for Soft FX) and lighting.  Lighting is key to using these filters for the desired effect.

You could even try this old trick that I've played with in the past with varying degrees of success.  Take an old clear or UV filter and start dabbing a bit of Vaseline with a Q-tip around the edges of your frame.  This may work better at longer focal lengths (50mm or higher to make the Vaseline foreground element a bit softer).  Again lighting is key.  This is a fun experiment and you're results may surprise you.

Cheers,

David
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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2006, 07:44:37 PM »
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Hi ARD,  for Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0  Can you tell me which effect did you use to do this black and white picture?


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I have this as well and can get results similar like the pictures you have shown.

A very quick example
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2006, 02:12:50 AM »
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Hi ARD,  for Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0  Can you tell me which effect did you use to do this black and white picture?
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I used the BW Conversion and the Vignette Blur altering the settings to achieve the level of blur required
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