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Ell

Ell, my god daughter.

I've been playing with some PS layer effects last evening and discovered Overlay mode. Created a new layer and applied some Gausien blurr to that layer then blended the layers using the percentage slider and flatten.

I'm quite pleased with the results.

This was taken at a recent York race meeting.

All the best Mal.

Ell

Ell, my god daughter.

I've been playing with some PS layer effects last evening and discovered Overlay mode. Created a new layer and applied some Gausien blurr to that layer then blended the layers using the percentage slider and flatten.

I'm quite pleased with the results.

This was taken at a recent York race meeting.

All the best Mal.

comments (16)

I really like the way you have the eyes so focussed in this shot.
Mal: Thank's Jide, Ell is one of the few natural posers that I have taken shots of. I actually took 5 shots with her in this pose and I selected it because it was the only one where the eyes were in sharp focus. Good luck for the shoot tomorrow. All the best Mal
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Sep 2006, 00:50
Thats my man, great shot
Mal: Hey Atunbi, hows your day been (eagle eyes). Mal smile
Welcome to the world of overlay. Personally, I use Soft Light more, but both will do nicely (overlay has a harsher effect which can be usefull)

(Assuming phtoshop is in use here) Another trick to try then, add a curves adjustment layer without changing the curve (just OK). Then change the blend mode to overlay/soft light. This is the same as adding an S curve for contrast... but because it's an adjustment layer it won't add to your image size (like copying parts of your image).
This will also create a mask for you and you can paint the effect where you want it.

NEVER FLATTEN!! wink

Nice detail in the hair there.
Mal: Hey Rich. Thank you for the tip, it was a technique that I was totally unaware of. I have been using your recommended route today and will be posting images displaying it (you will be well credited for it). I will not be posting my intened image untill I have fully explored this skill but will go back into my comfort zone for a while. All the best Mal
you're good with capturing kids emotions, too bad (according to my standards) that the head is a little bit crop, but it's a great one !
Mal: thank yu Frederic, always appreciate honesty in a comment. Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Sep 2006, 11:28
I ave never figured till now what Gaussian blur does....looking at this pic, it obviously does something pretty good.....8.5/10
cr=9/10
Mal: Hey Samarth, I'm just working it out myself. Mal
  • Glenn Silburn
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Sep 2006, 11:58
if you are playing with different layer effects now mate ive got hundreds for you to have a go at, nice shot ide like to see a crop across the eyes to isolate them more
Mal: Hi Glen, I did some eye close shots, they will follow, I was attracted to the lead in line of the rail on which Ell was sat. Mal
  • Roland
  • France
  • 16 Sep 2006, 12:07
Hi,

Hmmmm... I do really the way you catches the light and the colours...
Mal: Thank you Roland. Mal
  • DebP
  • United States
  • 16 Sep 2006, 12:37
Love the girl's expression ;~wink
I can't comment on your technique because layers are like a foreign world to me...I've never quite figured out how to use them..but whatever you did, it worked!
Mal: Hi Deb, I'm in new territory on levels to, trying to get my head round them. All the best MAL
  • nev
  • australia
  • 16 Sep 2006, 14:11
NIce shot mal. I love the perspective. Eyes and light on the hair is great. Judging by the tongue you bring out the best in children wink
Mal: Hey Nev, no, she just hates me! Mal
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 16 Sep 2006, 18:26
Aww, what a cute shot, me likes it, sorry me love it smile

Suby
P.s
Glad to see you picking up those CS2 tricks, plenty more for you to discover :d
Mal: The more I learn Suby the more I realise how little I know! All the best Mal
Lovely image!
Mal: Thank you, I really appreciate you calling in. Mal
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 17 Sep 2006, 09:22
Cute portrait! Funny !
Mal: Thank's Sidney, appreciate your comments. Mal
a lovely portrait. I like the colours and the exact focus on the eyes. well done smile

kind regards
v.t.
Mal: Thank you Vernon, just getting to grips with PS, you are witnessing my learning process. All the best Mal
  • Sysagent
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Sep 2006, 22:08
Great focus on the eyes here on what was probably a very difficult subject to take wink

Also you managed to retain the highlights in what looks to be very strong side lighting.

Good shot.
Mal: Hey Sys', if I'm being really honest, Ell is one of life's natural posers - she loves being the centre of atention and being her God father she is comfortable in my company. I actually had time to take 5 shots of her in this pose as I fiddled with the camera settings, some of the other expressions were better but this one the eyes were perfect. Thank you for calling in. All the best Mal
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 18 Sep 2006, 17:17
This is a very sweet shot, it made me smile, a happy shot in nice light and a great DOF

Diya
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 19 Sep 2006, 15:44
Really fun set of portraits, Mal. Well done.

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