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BYRON

Joined December 2007

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This is some post-production work that I did as part of a critique in the Photography Critique & Advice Group.

Original image by GLENN CECERO

THE PROCESS.

  1. open Gimp Post Production Software and upload initial image.
  2. Add Alpha Channel to allow for a transparent background.
  3. Duplicate inital image Layer to create the initial “Working Layer”.
  4. Crop Image using the Rule of Thirds Selection Tool

Removing the Background & General clean-up

  1. Remove background using Contiguous Colour Selection Tool.
    1. This removes areas of the same colour, as opposed to the Colour Selection Tool which removes all occurances of that colour in the image.
  2. Using the Eraser Tool with “Feathered Edges” selected – remove any stray bits of background that may have been missed.
  3. Duplicate this Layer to form new Working Layer.
  4. Zoom in a LOT and again using the Eraser Tool on the same setting, – remove all white or coloured edges from around your subject.
  5. Using the Blur Tool set to 25% – blur the edges of the subject.
    1. Blurring the edges of your subject hides your handywork by creating soft-edges and helps the subject to seemlessly fit into the background.
    2. This also mimics how we naturally see things in real life – nothing has a hard, sharp edge.

Fixing the Eyes

  1. Create new Layer [Eyes Layer] and place it on top.
  2. Using the Spray Paint Tool – spray black over the same areas of the eyes that were effected by the flash.
  3. Using the Eraser Tool, erase the areas where the highlights in the eyes of the Working Layer need to shine thru the new “Eyes Layer”
  4. Reduce the Opacity of the Eyes Layer to about 40% to allow a bit of the colour from the Working Layer to show thru.
  5. Create new Layer “Eye Colour Layer” and place on top.
  6. Using the Spray Paint Tool, add some flecks of Red and Blue to the coloured outer sections of the eyes.
    1. This is done so as not to damage the Working Layer.
    2. Reduce Opacity of the Eye Colour Layer to about 20%
  7. Using the Dodge Tool set to 25% – clean the white areas of the eyes on the Working Layer.
    1. Using the Burn Tool set to 25% darken the black areas of the eyes and also darken some of the fure around the eyes on the Working Layer.
      1. This is done to add more contrast and make the eyes stand out just a little bit more.

Fixing the Nose

  1. Using the Burn Tool set to 25% – darken the nose leather on the Working Layer.
    1. Ideally I should have created a new Layer for this so that I didn’t damage the original Working Layer… but I forgot to do so!
  2. Using the Blur Tool set to 25% – Blur the nose leather on the Working layer to smooth out colour variations and remove too many distracting highlights.
  3. Create duplicate of the Working Layer and name it “Nose Layer” then place it above the Working Layer.
    1. Select the nose using the Eliptical Select [Circle Select] Tool.
    2. Invert selection and delete everything but the nose on the Nose Layer.
    3. Soften the edges of the nose using the blur tool so that it merges seemlessly into the Working Layer.
    4. Reduce the Opacity of the Nose Layer to about 60%.
      1. This was done to darken the nose but still maintain detail from the original Workling Layer Version of the nose.

Creating the new Background

  1. Using the Select Colour Tool [Eyedropper] set to Sample Area – select a white area of the subject’s fur [from the Working Layer], and set that to be the Foreground Colour.
    1. This is done to create a new colour that is not available in my Colour Pallette, but will blend in whith the subject’s white fur.
  2. Create new Background Layer.
  3. Using the Bucket Fill Tool – fill background with the newly created colour from the last process.
  4. Place the Background Layer behind the the Working Layer.

Fixing the harsh shadows

  1. Using the Eraser Tool set to 10% and Feathered Edges – partially erase the harsh shadow on the Working Layer to make it appear much softer.
    1. Same process on the toe-pads and other harsh shadows.

Create Vignette

  1. Create new Vignette Layer
    1. Using the Gradient Tool – add a dark vignette at the bottom of the frame only.
    2. Adjust Opacity of this layer to about 10%
    3. The vignette on the lower part of the frame acts to counter the large area of white down there and keep our attention on the subject’s face.

“Warm” the image

  1. Create new Gold Layer and place on top.
  2. Using the Bucket Fill Tool – fill the new Layer with a Gold Colour selected from the Colour Pallette.
    1. Adjust Opacity of the Gold Layer to about 10%
    2. This colour warms the harsh whiteness of the image and brings out the colours of the subject’s fur.
    3. This also solves the problems of some washed-out areas [higlights] on the subjects fur which were created by the flash.

Final steps

  1. Align Visible Layers.
  2. Merge visible Layers, auto discard hidden Layers.
  3. Save as PNG Filetype compression Setting 1.

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