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Graham_of_Rainham
30th May 2008, 02:27 PM
For those that didn't like the Soft Effects this is one from the other end of the spectrum (or filter slider) :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/WEB_B_W_P5041566_retouched.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5858)

OlyPaul
30th May 2008, 03:13 PM
Graham its not that I do not like soft effects ( I'm a big fan of them) but just the way you applied it to the previous image. :)

This second image reinforces my first opinion and that is Katie has wonderfull smiling eyes and is a natural in front of the camera and I like this a lot as I did the one before it :)

I hope you do not mind but thought I would add a soft effect to this one for your consideration using Elements 6.

http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/image/97856527.jpg

Graham_of_Rainham
30th May 2008, 04:40 PM
Paul,

I really appreciate it when someone takes this much interest (time & effort) and produces an improved image. It provides another avenue to explore and that is always worthwhile.

In days of old photographers often handed over their negatives to printers who had superior skills in the darkroom and could render works of art from what was simply a high quality original image.

I like what you have done to this and would be grateful if you would share the technique that you have used. I guess there are others that will be interested as well

Regards

Graham

gno
31st May 2008, 07:28 PM
This is my first foray into soft focus processing using the optikVirtual Photographer plugin for Photoshop, I thought I would try my hand using the striking image of Katie.

I hope you don't mind me practising on one of your images.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/100102_Katie.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5898)

Regards

Gavin

Graham_of_Rainham
31st May 2008, 08:57 PM
Gavin,

I don't mind at all. I very much appreciate it and hope we can all learn from each other.

Please post the settings you used to get the effect.

*chr

Graham

gno
31st May 2008, 09:21 PM
Thanks Graham,
The rub is however I didn't take note of my settings as I was learning as I went.
I've tried to duplicate the result but it always looks slightly different.
What I did do though was use layers so that no detail was lost from Katie's eyes which are quite remarkable. Removing the soft focus from the eye area (with the erasing tool) on that layer and then blending them together so non of the sparkle was lost.
Your original image without any PP soft focus takes some beating!

Regards

Gavin

Malcolm Cousins
6th June 2008, 10:56 PM
I thought the original was quite nice, although it is good to have eye contact. Nice looking girl.:)