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      04-27-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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1 pic need opinion

The owner didn't like this photo of his car, so I've kept it for myself. The car is not very visible and it has noise but I think the fact that it looks like a screenshot from a racing game makes it look pretty good.

What do you guys think?

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eh. need to see moar car
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That would be a good candidate to Posterize.

Use the Posterize function and then bend the Exposure Curve around to see the colors and darkness change. I think it'll yield some very interesting effects, particularly for a racing game. You might have to tone mask the lights and tone them down a little, but start by playing with what you've got. PS CS4 has Posterize. Roxio has a Cartoon function that's also fun to play with.

I have to guard against using these effects too much. They're really dramatic to throw into the middle of a bunch of "normal" images, but the ratio needs to be like 1-to-100, unless you're doing an exhibit of Poster effects. The colors get wild, deep and really can zing. Don't forget to use the exposure and color curve to see a wide range of options. (I love that curve adjuster).

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That would be a good candidate to Posterize.

Use the Posterize function and then bend the Exposure Curve around to see the colors and darkness change. I think it'll yield some very interesting effects, particularly for a racing game. You might have to tone mask the lights and tone them down a little, but start by playing with what you've got. PS CS4 has Posterize. Roxio has a Cartoon function that's also fun to play with.

I have to guard against using these effects too much. They're really dramatic to throw into the middle of a bunch of "normal" images, but the ratio needs to be like 1-to-100, unless you're doing an exhibit of Poster effects. The colors get wild, deep and really can zing. Don't forget to use the exposure and color curve to see a wide range of options. (I love that curve adjuster).

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I'll try posterize and curves out on this photo and see what happens.
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ok updated, mess with some curves and more....

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Hmm, you emphasized the purple fringing. Most photographers will see that as a flaw, since that's what the sensor want to do on its own. I really think you need to move away from purple.

Is that Posterized? I would have expect more opaque colors. I'm afraid that you're really going to need to mask the lights somehow to bring the car out more. Look at the top of the car. It really fades into oblivion.

You might play with the lights a lot. If you mask them, then you can bring the car up, but you also need a layer to reduce the light's intensity, I think. You could do some extreme things with the lights, from merely reducing exposure to inserting some animal eyes.

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i dig it.
i like the first one better, because the glare really adds to the intensity.
nice job!
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i dig it.
i like the first one better, because the glare really adds to the intensity.
nice job!
thanks! exactly what I was thinking maybe I'll tone down the second pic a little.
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