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By CathyT  
Yesterday I read on the forums HERE if it was possible to turn a really awful duff photo into something using textured backgrounds.

This is my attempt.

This is my friend Nick...looking in my bathroom mirror...I left the lights down the side in to show the catchlights. used three different textured backgrounds and my usual method of processing portraits. (Dragan Style...sort of)

The Tatts are all his....he's covered in them.

Sorry to those who voted before I forgot to tick the Modifications box.

Tags: Digitally manipulated Digital art Portraits and people

Voters: bfgstew, Scaramanga, MediumSizeUnavailable and 36 more

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CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 3:12PM
Sorry to those who voted before I forgot to tick the Modifications box.

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bfgstew 10 668 105 England
4 Jan 2011 3:25PM
Thought it was a movie still when I first saw it Cath....

Excellent processing, certainly adds much much more to the shot.

Would have been nicer though if the reflection of his head was positioned in the gap between his shoulder, ear and the lights. At the moment it is a bit of a tight squeeze, only a minor crit of a superb shot.

4 Jan 2011 3:35PM
The textures do work wonders. Really like what you have done.
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 3:37PM
Thanks was a tight squeeze to take the shot..I'll try and move it in PS and see what it looks like.
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 3:38PM
Thanks Scaramanga...
The textures and tinting in V1, superb
4 Jan 2011 3:48PM
I love this! The processing is superb!!
Richsr 10 91 223 England
4 Jan 2011 3:48PM
Like the use of the textures in this Cathy, works well.
Regards Richard
Interesting image...Nice work! Smile
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 4:15PM
Thats a great choice and blend Cath , kinda grunges the skin and really like the new lighting !
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 4:18PM
Thanks..I added a light effect in PS...lots of fiddling about.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
4 Jan 2011 4:39PM
Like them both, but the fiddled on has more of a story-- fantastic fiddling!
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
4 Jan 2011 5:51PM
Well, you even managed to clone yourself out...Smile
The textures and your processing have totally transformed the shot. However, the dark texture on the fg (below his shoulder and his back) is a bit too strong and distracting for my liking.
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 5:59PM
Yeah...its a bit of a duff area....but cos the top right corner is dark too I was hoping it balance the shot and guided the light to the face.
Excellent work Cathy - well done

4 Jan 2011 7:03PM
Brilliant transformation 10/10...JT
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
4 Jan 2011 7:12PM
Well done Cathy,lots of work gone into this,yep the original is a bit on the iffy side but it's not just the addition of textures that has transformed this image,you have put loads of effort into other parts of the resulting frame too.
Yep a bit dark at the bottom but it does balance it a bit....I do like the lights.
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 7:33PM
Thanks Janet...I've wanted a shot of this mirror...or rather the catch lights that it gives for ages. I took this pic a while back but didn't like it...but I quite like it
miptog 11 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 7:42PM
Cathy, Thanks for uploading this. The end result has great impact. It also, for me, demonstrates the importance of good post processing, and equally how a unexciting shot can be turned into something special.
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 7:44PM
Thanks Michael...
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
4 Jan 2011 10:07PM
V1 for me, excellent Cathy. Ron.
Alvar 10 23 2 France
4 Jan 2011 10:47PM
Lovely shot Well done.
i took a picture like version 2 of my son looking into the bathroom mirror. He had the picture tattooed on his back. Great work here - v1 is really effective. =)
Ian-Munro 9 200 15 Wales
5 Jan 2011 9:10AM
I think Coles has a point though Im not sure what could be done. A fantastic use of textures and a clever crop are just the beginning of this brilliant transformation. I really like the processing of the portrait itself and the way you really have lit up his face and eyes compared to the original.

A super bit of manipulation that has everything for me so have a badge on me Smile

Nice work.
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2011 9:21AM
Thank you for your award Ian....much appreciated.
Philo 7 99 83 England
16 Jan 2011 6:55AM
I have just followed your link to this in the forums and must say this is quite superb. I have started dabbling with textures so it's great to see a before and after shot. Thanks for sharing with us.
Perhaps you could go one better and upload a tutorial showing us how you created it?
Inspiring work!

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