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Totally Unnecessary.

By jellylegs  
Went mad in Photoshop, & hence from the title, probably totally unnecessary! Anyway, this is how it all happened!

Duplicated background layer & applied a fairly heavy Gaussian blur. I changed the layer blending mode to screen. This created a soft focus effect. Applied a 3-point curves correction to RGB channel to lower contrast in shadows & highlights, but boost midtones. Adjusted curves for red channel to simulate warmup filter. Generated new layer & filled with clouds render. Changed opacity to 31% & blending mode to colour burn to burn all but the highlights. Added new layer & filled with 50% grey. Used black & white at 4% opacity to selectively dodge & burn.
File size ended up at 125mb! (That's just stupid!).

Anyway, all comments, feedback, p*&s taking welcome.


Tags: Digitally manipulated

Voters: User_Removed, jonc, mtbrider and 22 more

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kengreen 16 16 Sweden
1 Sep 2005 1:09AM
That was some after work in PS. Interesting technique for the selective dodge and burn. Have to try that sometime.
pingo 15 2
1 Sep 2005 1:18AM
You've certainly created a lot of atmosphere! Even in the larger format it is still a little dark in my opinion (the highlights on the building suggest a very sunny day?) but heh its still a stunning image. Neil
iansamuel 17 271 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 1:20AM
Interesting...can I suggest you upload the original as a modification, so we can see the difference your hours of toil in PS actually made!
freds 16 184 England
1 Sep 2005 1:29AM
I second iansamual, this is one great work of art.
Dennie 16 260 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 2:05AM
I think this is a lovely image, So was the original. You've put a lot of hard work in to this image and i think you've done a great job. Denise x
richardwheel 15 217 2 England
1 Sep 2005 2:41AM
You've created a fantastic piece of work, taking a good photograph and manipulating it to something that looks fantastic.

I can just imagine people playing crocket on the lawn and having tea parties!!!

All that work has paid off
digicammad 17 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 2:56AM
Looking at the original I'm impressed by the results of all that work. Your manipulation has definitely enhanced rather than changed.

I don't find it too dark on this monitor, it has warmth. My only slight crit is that the building is perhaps a little burned out.

naturenut 17 1.8k England
1 Sep 2005 3:00AM
Wonderful work, I must be impressed as I've made a note of how you achieved this :o)
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
1 Sep 2005 3:12AM
Thanks a lot for your comments everyone. Much appreciated.
jond 16 34
1 Sep 2005 3:23AM
I've often commented that what Photoshop really needs is a taste filter! Just because you can apply a certain effect it doesn't mean you should! But in this case that doesn't apply. Yes, it clearly looks like its had a pretty hard whack with the Photoshop stick, but the result is actually really effective. I like it.


P.S. Only 125mb?! I've been working on a 750mb Photoshop file this morning - you're not playing with the big boys yet!
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Sep 2005 3:26AM
Reckon there was a shot here once...step too far for me.
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
1 Sep 2005 4:34AM
Thanks Jon, & thanks Keith for being honest.
1 Sep 2005 4:54AM
I have to agree with Keith. The original shot is a good composition and I like the way you have warmed up the image, but you have gone a bit too far for my taste with the soft focus effect and the burning on the left and right of the shot.
Tom_H 15 48 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 5:43AM
Lot of work, but a nice shot out of it.
lefty 16 2
6 Sep 2005 2:57PM
great image, love the dreamy effect it creates
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
6 Sep 2005 11:34PM
Thanks lads.
User_Removed 15 32 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2005 6:56AM
Beautiful scenic pic and nice PS work
mtbrider 16 3
2 Nov 2005 5:16PM
Love the effect and I'm looking to follow your instuctions on how to do it.... I was doing great until I got the added grey at 50% and dodged/burned with black and white?? could you explain this to me in detail? Thanks Mike -
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
3 Nov 2005 3:20AM
Sure Mike.

You need to add a new layer & go to edit, fill & use layer fill property of 50% grey. Your picture will appear to turn fully grey.

Go back to the layers palette & change the blending mode on the new grey layer to overlay. You'll now see your picture again.

If you then set your forground & background colours to black & white if not already done (ctrl d). Then you can switch between B&W using ctrl x, and use a paint brush at a low opacity of around 4%-10%.

Hope this helps.
mtbrider 16 3
3 Nov 2005 3:07PM
Thanks....Helps plenty. Mike
mtbrider 16 3
5 Nov 2005 5:49AM
Hey do you mind if I ask one more stupid question? What is the difference when dodge and burning on the 50% grey? Thanks Mike
Centurion 16 1.2k England
3 Jan 2006 1:54PM
Great work. Click

Melanie_M 15 168 9 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2006 2:41AM
I have to say, that I like the effect you have produced. The image now has an atmosphere the original lacked. Thanks for explaining your technique.
louis77 16 12 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2006 12:40PM
A brilliant image you have proved two things you are a master of photo composition and image manipulation have you ever thought of giving lessons in digital manipulation
CollY 14 14
17 Mar 2006 10:03PM
Very dreamy, like the treatment, works well. Great image.

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