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27 July 2005 @ 01:59 pm
More playing around with The Gimp produced:

Out of:

If you look closely you can see why it's a bad job, but it does need careful attention to spot the problems :)
Current Music: Metallica "Reload"
Jonbigme on July 27th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
you need to pay closer attention to masking the hair and the mask on the rest is too hard, the gaussian blur on the background is too strong to be a depth of field effect.

But hey - I do retouching professionally so i will notice every little thing
contents under pressure / handle with care: artisticgraphxgrrl on July 27th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the faux depth of field is a tricky one. I spend my commute this morning trapped behind a bus with an advert on the back that contained a heinous attempt at faux depth of field with some inappropriate abuse of gaussian blur. It just looked so very fake.
Margaretpling on July 27th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
I wasn't really aiming for depth of field - I was aiming for one of those backgrounds that professional photographers use when doing studio portrait shots .. clearly I missed, though, if two of you thought I was trying for something different ;)
Jonbigme on July 27th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
in photoshop go to filter > render > clouds
gimpp robably has simmilar, then draw in a shadow to make it look like you're photographed against a backdrop :)
Margaretpling on July 27th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like I said I know it's not a particularly good job - but not bad for a first effort, I thought :) The hair is definitely cludged ... partly coz I really couldn't be bothered working out how to not cludge it. I wasn't really aiming for a depth of field effect - I was aiming for one of those backgrounds that professional photographers doing studio portrait shots use, you know, the blurry colour ones.
Jonbigme on July 27th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
hair is a difficult one, you basicly have to mask it out carefully by working out which colour is different from the background, making the mask out of that and emphasising it.
Have a look at this, her hair is originally dark blonde, the difference in colour between her skin and hair means that can be masked out, by making a mask from the channel that has the most difference. The mask looks something like this

and the result

you done well though :)
kierangiant on July 27th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
also known as 'having too much time on your hands'
Margaretpling on July 27th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oh but that's a good thing. Well, it is if you're me, anyway.
John: thoughtfuljarel on July 27th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
I like it :)
Toreascamp on July 27th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
To my untrained eye it looks really good :)
Margaretpling on July 27th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Margaretpling on July 27th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Petepeteski on July 27th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
You could get a job in the 2D VFX field, I've seen worse from professional rotoscpoe artists. Well done!

Are you using Gimp 2 or 1 ?

Margaretpling on July 27th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

Gimp 2.2, it seems (having just gone and looked).
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Margaretpling on July 28th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
Re: Looks nice!
Heh. Thanks :)
Garygingerboy on July 28th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
As the owner of untrained eyes, I'd say it's grand work! :) Having trained senses can be annoying at times though... My habit is to pick up audio issues on the radio or TV. eg an aggressive compressor damping vocals on songs when the hefty bass beat comes along, or a TV series where they have re-recorded the dialog in some of the scenes [They used mics positioned directly in front of the actors when re-recording rather than the boom mics used during filming - the resulting audio sounds different (eg more bass presence when the mics are closer) and distracts my attention from the program :) Rosemary and Thyme had this quite often in outdoor scenes.]