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Special Delivery - created by BWR


Special Delivery
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The guy on the right was smoothed out with a technique called "Frequency Separation". The cracks under the mail sign were made using his eye wrinkles. Letters for mail sign were copy/pasted from the "mail sign" source image and rearranged. (1 year and 21 days ago)

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avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

Nice work. Just put a 1 pixel blur on the sharp edges, and include a link for the hand.

author says:

what do you mean by "sharp edges"? specifically where?

(1 year and 20 days ago)


avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

This is an interesting interpretation on the contest theme. I like where you are going with this.

In MHO i think you could fix the shadows where the hand makes contact with the letter and where the letter is entering that slot. Maybe the tone/density of the shadow around those points might help. Just seems a little flat at the afore mentioned places. Pretty cool though.

author says:

Thanks man. I will try.

(1 year and 19 days ago)


avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

Also, nice lighting even if is coming from everywhere. lol

avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

All edges, but especially the face. The lighting looks consistent to me.

author says:

Sounds interesting. Let me see if I am understanding you. Select the man. Select > Modify > Contract by "X" Pixels. Select > Inverse. Now I will have the outer edge of the man selected. Then apply a 1 Pixel Gaussian Blur? If this is correct, how many pixels should be selected around the edge? Can this be done faster by Select > Modify > Border?

(1 year and 20 days ago)


avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

First of all, the default setting on my lasso or pen tool is always set to a one pixel blur so I don't have sharp edges to mess with later. But all I'd do is select the outside of the face, expand 1 pixel, and then Select/modify/feather 1 pixel and clear.

author says:

A one pixel "feather"? Got ya. was confused by the term "blur".

author says:

Something wrong with my Photoshop. Think I have to re-install.

avatar skyangel
skyangel says:

Well done. The only thing I would get rid of is the highlight on the bottom lip. It would be in shadow with the arm coming out of the mouth.

author says:

Thanks SA. Good suggestions.

(1 year and 19 days ago)


author says:

Now this is weird. The colors get messed up in anything I open in Photoshop. I tried to edit my entry's Photoshop file and the colors and lighting are weird. Even if I save the file in PS, and try to view it in another programs, the colors are weird. It's like PS changes them once it gets opened. I tried a hard reset with Ctrl+Alt+Shift to reset Photoshop and it didn't work.

I made a printscreen with PS on the left and the same exact image opened in MSPaint. See how different they are? It should look like the one on the right which is much more vivid. Both of these were copy/pasted from the hi-res version of my entry.


https://i.imgur.com/VWF4kco.jpg

these are my color settings which really shouldnt matter https://i.imgur.com/RfJTF55.jpg

author says:

I have no idea what was wrong with my PS but it seems back to normal. Tried resetting PS and rebooting my computer and nothing worked. Woke up this morning and all is fine. Weird.

Anyways, I think I did everything you all suggested. Took out that lip highlight, reworked the shadows on the thumb and letter, and smoothed out the hard edges. Here is the old ver. for reference. Thanks for the help everyone!!

https://i.imgur.com/5CUA0zf.jpg

avatar still26
still26 says:

Good grief, this is top notch. Love the message, and the photoshop work is sublime. Thank you for describing the process, it is good for newbies to learn.

author says:

Thank brother or sister still. I made two versions and here is the other. I made a disclaimer in a post below about the bad guy that is in this image. It was taken care of in the final version.

(1 year and 8 days ago)


avatar robvdn
robvdn says:

Well done. Great win!

author says:

Mahalo Rob Van Dam. that's my nickname for you because that's who I think of every time I see your name.

(1 year and 8 days ago)


avatar skyangel
skyangel says:

Congratulations on the win. Superb work.

author says:

Thank you thank you. It was hard to choose between the two versions. (see my post a few posts below for the other version)

(1 year and 8 days ago)


avatar madamemonty

Congrats, well done

author says:

Ahh.. MM. Thanks seestah. Seems like i haven't seen you in a while. Or we just haven't crossed paths.

(1 year and 8 days ago)


avatar Zizounai
Zizounai says:

Congrats BW

author says:

There's my girl. Always there with a smiling face.

(1 year and 8 days ago)


avatar still26
still26 says:

Congrats on your win, you are some artist!

author says:

Haha. I struggle with almost every Photoshop I do here.

(1 year and 8 days ago)


author says:

This was another version. It was so hard to choose which one. This one with the woman is mostly done but doesn't have the finishing touches.

I worked on this Photoshop for a couple days before I realized Hitler was on the stamps. OMG!! I liked the way the letter looked so that's why I had to use a separate stamp source for the final version to cover him up. I just wanted to show this other version, so please don't be offended that he is still on this stamp as I had not yet noticed.

https://i.imgur.com/m7WDFQZ.jpg

avatar skyangel
skyangel says:

I like the mail box one the best out of your two versions.

Zizounai says:

Me too. This dummy face is fascinating.

(1 year and 8 days ago)


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Cyclops Girl - created by BWR


Cyclops Girl
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Who is brave enough to kiss her? (1 year and 181 days ago)

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avatar Zizounai
Zizounai says:

Horribly creepy, I like it! For a better framing of the image, you could add some space at the bottom, under the hand, and maybe on the right side too, just to avoid cutting the dress.

author says:

Not so sure Z. I tried it out here and she doesn't seem to stand out as much. What do you think? I am open to either way.

https://i.imgur.com/4uCpcdW.jpg

(1 year and 181 days ago)


Zizounai says:

I prefer the pic from the link you sent, the balance of the image is much better, the character pops up on this one. To answer your question, I'd prefer a hug than a kiss on first date

(1 year and 180 days ago)


author says:

Zizounai I took your advice and resubmitted. Added a final step in the SBS. Thanks for the suggestion.

(1 year and 180 days ago)


avatar skyangel
skyangel says:

Both versions look good to me. The only thing that confuses me is the octopus.
Is she is eating it or it is supposed to be part of her face?

author says:

They're supposed to be tentacles shooting out of her mouth like she is some kind of monster. I didn't know how to make tentacles shooting out of someone's mouth, so I used an octopus. Maybe earthworms or something would have been better, but I did my best.

(1 year and 181 days ago)


avatar thefinalcut

Great work! Try blending her top lip into the tentacles. I think it will look more like they're a part of her face. Good luck.

avatar Zizounai
Zizounai says:

Congrats BW!

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Old Vader - created by Mario


Old Vader
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(5 years and 239 days ago)

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avatar Drivenslush

fun chop!

avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

A bit filter heavy, but interesting. Makes us wonder about the woman with the strange head.

avatar UglyBOB
UglyBOB says:

Not sure about the grainy look, but creative indeed

avatar rturnbow
rturnbow says:

Nice one!

avatar spaceranger

Congrats!!

author [banned] says:

thank you

(5 years and 227 days ago)


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Strange Path - created by DanielaOwergoor


Strange Path
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Cave by cliodna: http://www.sxc.hu/profile/cliodna (5 years and 341 days ago)

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avatar Chrys Rizzo

Good job... GL

author says:

Thank you, dear!

(5 years and 336 days ago)


avatar wazowski
wazowski says:

Quite ok, that open gate only makes it more strange, haha. Tiny nitpick, wouldnt it be easier and look more naural if you use the left side (for viewer) of the moustache, so it really shapes like some kind of entrance? That moustache part also has a side going in, would make it even more realistic, but it's up to you. Good luck!

author says:

Thank you so much for your constructive comment, Wazowski, much appreciated! Actually, any of your hint is welcome, but I don't want to look further into this work, as much as I hated this result. I was too tired to do something better, and the result was this, some unattractive. I believe (i know!) you're right in your point of view to improve this piece, but i can't fix anymore, no free time!
Anyway, thank you VERY much!!

(5 years and 336 days ago)


avatar George55
George55 says:

Congrats Daniela.....!

author says:

Thank you so much, dear!!

(5 years and 331 days ago)


avatar rturnbow
rturnbow says:

Congrats!

author says:

Thank you!

(5 years and 331 days ago)


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Strange mermaid - created by chakra1985


Strange mermaid
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(5 years and 392 days ago)

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avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

Good thinking author, and well executed.

avatar Heathcliffe

Love the blending and shading work. Well done !

avatar George55
George55 says:

Good idea and nice colors...blending is good.

avatar pixelkid
pixelkid says:

Really like the color scheme here. Visually stimulating.

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