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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 02, 2018 3:37 pm

too gimmicky...just starting to play with this....
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Post by Duck » Wed May 02, 2018 5:41 pm

I took the liberty to move this post to the Artistic Expression Critique since this is about an applied effect to a photo rather than about the photo, it's creation or other aspects. Your image is better served in this part of the forum.

Technique-wise, I love the soft pastel/watercolor look to the image. The only thing that really shouts out at me is the composition. It feels too crowded at left and top. You should add more space in that corner so the kids are better centered within the composition. This would allow a little leeway fro matting and framing too.

Otherwise, I really like the monochromatic feel of the overall piece.Nicely done.

P.S. I'm beginning to sense a theme here... :)
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 02, 2018 6:25 pm

Thank you Duck, I'm pretty dense when it comes what or where something might go...also understand you compositional statement....

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Post by minniev » Wed May 02, 2018 10:00 pm

I like the idea and effect but I'm with Duck on the placement Is this one photo or two? Even if it's just one you can take liberties with it, to get the left hand cousin a little off the same angle as the other, and possibly a little smaller.

When I use these types of actions, I don't ever figure out how to do the selecting. It doesn't turn out how I want. I've tried over-selecting, under selecting, and selecting with a greater or lesser opacity brush, but I still feel like the automation doesn't behave like the masking I do for myself.
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 02, 2018 10:17 pm

Just one photo minniev....and yes the composition is horrible and will be rectified..thank you for comment..every layer is adjustable with this action

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Post by PietFrancke » Thu May 03, 2018 12:37 am

too much play time is a dangerous thing my friend, soon we will put you in a facility where you can get help. STOP IT

Perhaps run it twice (once running it to blur/action/effect the faces more), and then blend the images back having the effect blended more on the faces. The problem I have with it is that the faces have too much "contrast?" in style with the clothing and hair. The faces (or too much of the faces) are still too photographic.

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Post by Psjunkie » Thu May 03, 2018 3:10 am

PietFrancke wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 12:37 am
The problem I have with it is that the faces have too much "contrast?" in style with the clothing and hair. The faces (or too much of the faces) are still too photographic.
Says one addict to another.......I get it Piet, thanks for comment

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Post by davechinn » Thu May 03, 2018 11:54 am

Definitely different Frank !!! Not know the full intent would lead me to believe this is still a work in process.
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Post by Psjunkie » Thu May 03, 2018 11:57 am

more or less Mr. Chinn...playing around with an action...

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Post by St3v3M » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:28 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 3:37 pm
too gimmicky...just starting to play with this....
I really like this, but I don't like the color. It reminds me of images of the past so I wonder if sepia or something like that would help? S-
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