View Full Version : I JUST GOT PHOTOSHOP.... How am I doing? :D

07-28-2010, 10:42 PM
So yeah, I just got photoshop today and I was wondering how am I doing? :D
AND DONT WORRY, im very open to constructive criticism so dont worry about "Like" insulting it hahahaha :D

Me as Tsuna! :D

Me as Kira! :D

Me as L! :D

Me as Gray Fullbuster!! :D

07-29-2010, 02:55 PM
Don't use animation with real life photography. It cheapens the photo and looks really amateurish. The second photo is alright, too high of composition. The third photo is obviously a cut/paste, and the edges are way too crisp although it's a very decent job just choose a better background. Also, the under eye work needs to be better, I understand the character has circles under his eyes, but it looks unnatural on you. And the one wing is awkward.

Some great tutorial sites;


and there are plenty more out there.

When using brushes, look for High quality and depth. Also learn the opacity tool and layering, and learn how to make your own brushes. :}

You're pretty decent for this being your first time, but with practice you'll get a lot better.

07-29-2010, 04:58 PM
Haha thanks! I really appreciate the constructive criticism! :D

07-30-2010, 06:15 PM
too crisp, soften up the edges of the layers of the animation stuff and your be doing good. if your animation is suppose to light you up so the two layer blend and effect each other.

08-02-2010, 12:53 PM
I agree about the edges. With the first picture, try playing around with the smudge tool to vary those edges and make them look more smoky and natural. Any place that you don't want to smudge the lines, try using a small brush set to 0% hardness to wisp up the edges just slightly. Both these tricks are very easy.

The second picture does not bother me so much. Maybe just try playing with a slightly gradient background or something. Your idea was not bad.

For the picture of you as L, use the "feather" option under the selection menu when making such an outline. There are several ways to do a picture like this, but if you have CS5, the easiest way is to use the quick select tool, then "refine edge" button at the top of the screen. But if you have an older version of photoshop, you can make a careful selection with the pen tool, then feather it by a few pixels so that the line is not so noticeable.

Good luck!


09-04-2010, 05:22 PM
For some reason the links to the last two were broken for me, so I won't be commenting on those.

As for the first two, I do like the idea behind the first one, if you were going for a cartoony sort of thing... but you definitely could have cleaned it up better. And your selection job around the subject isn't that great, but I think that's something that happens to everyone who's just starting out with photoshop. If you're using a mouse and you have a tablet handy, that'll make it a lot easier. But really, the only thing to do with that is just keep doing it until your lines start to smooth out.

In the second one, I feel like I might be missing something with the character, and I'm not a huge fan of the concept, but it looks okay technically speaking... I think this is more of a style preference thing, but if it were me, I wouldn't have used quite an intense filter. Also, maybe you could have done the red-eye effect on a different layer and lowered opacity? It looks pretty harsh.

Overall, for your first go at photoshop, it seems to me you're doing pretty well! The best things to do are to look at other photoshopped pictures that you like and try to figure out what they did, to look at tutorials, and just to keep practicing! Best of luck to you

09-05-2010, 08:09 AM
So, the thing with fake fireballs (cartoony or not), is that people never treat them as real light sources. If you were surrounded by little, flaming fireballs like that, they'd be casting all sorts of orange light and hard shadows.

Unless you take that into account, the picture is always going to look really, really fake.

Here's a before and after GIF I made of a photo I took last weekend.
Apologies for the crappy gif. I added a lot of diffuse, blue glow on surfaces that would be catching the light from Travis' beam sword (shoulders, glove, neck) as well as specular hilights on his hair, sword, and rims of his glasses. If I had just made the sword glow, it would have been a hell of a lot more fake looking, but as it stands now, I think it's borderline believable.

Now, I'm no pro at this. You'd probably have to be a visual artist to truly capture what a light source would be doing to your subject. But you can at least try. I'm going to actually be writing a tutorial on my process at some point in the near future, but until then, gaussian blur, the "screen" layer mode, and lots of subtle layers (low opacity) rather than one or two obvious ones can help you get the right effect.

09-25-2010, 06:34 AM
Yeah I had a prob with the last two pics :(

Anywho, there's a pic that came to mind in how to capture a look of how to play with light effect. Keep in mind that it's a girl, but the point you will surely understand on how to bounce light off a subject ^^


09-25-2010, 10:37 PM
the pictures are okay but you need more practice

09-28-2010, 10:29 PM
Edges, definitely.

10-25-2010, 07:03 PM
Your concepts look quite creative. Congratulations for taking such risks to take your images to the next level.

When it comes to softening edges, the Blur Tool will work better than the smudge tool, since it just blur the edges, rather than change the shape.

Try cutting your subjecet out using the Polygonal Lasso Tool. It can be tricky to go around curves, but you can clean any sharp angles later, using the same tool, or try the standard Lasso Tool. The Eraser Tool used with a sharper edge could work too, for clean up.

12-11-2010, 09:54 AM
Cuuuute. <3

12-13-2010, 11:47 AM
papillondaze, compliments are nice, but this forum is for photography critique. Would you please elaborate on "Cute"? That would be the most helpful thing for the artist!

12-13-2010, 11:52 AM
glowy thingy
I really like how that stray hair disappears when the bar lights up. Ahaha.

Some of these are really cool. Since the Kira thingy is unfamiliar to me all that came to mind was Multi-man. I should really pick up photoshop. I haven't used it in years.

12-14-2010, 02:59 AM
Ha ha yeah, I was just looking at that too^ ^...it disappears...Ha ha haa, funny^ ^

01-24-2011, 10:37 AM
I have always prefered photos that haven't been photoshopped. A little airbrushing is okay but all the effects cheapen the photo.

02-07-2011, 12:02 PM
Watch out from using hard lines when adding or replacing something

02-07-2011, 03:08 PM
I have always prefered photos that haven't been photoshopped. A little airbrushing is okay but all the effects cheapen the photo.

Perhaps it is poorly done photoshop effects that cheapen a photo. In the right hands, it can add value to the photo.