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09-18-2010, 01:52 PM
First off, this is just a Work in Progress Shot, I was really just testing a few things on this one. :)


I didn't have any makeup to make my skin lighter, so I had to photoshop that in, but I'll replace the photoshop for makeup with the official cosplay.

The eye makeup was already there, plus the contacts, just brightened them a little.
I'll need a new wig as well. (This one's a cheap halloween store wig. >< Eww!)

Also, please Critique this one.~


Aside from that, feel free to critique. :) Constructive criticism is always appreciated.


I'm adding this one that I just finished today. I tried to preserve as many details as I could. (For those of you that don't know, the Twilight vampires sparkle. (Yes, sparkle. xD) That's what the white on my face is.


For Bigger Version, Click Here. - http://iluvhorsez-25.deviantart.com/art/Secret-182203674

Thanks again guys.~

09-21-2010, 03:50 PM
Pic #1
It looks as if you used the dodge tool and lightened up only selected areas on the face.
Rather than doing that, possibly lighten the complexion on the face via mask and curves/levels adjustment.

depending on your desired effect, I would hold back a bit on the soft focus and skin smoothing and just use the clone tool to erase blemishes. The blur you are using in your processing, seems to be affecting the details such and eyes and eyelashes.

Pic #2
I'd recommend using curves/levels to lighten up the subject a bit more and increase contrast. A boost in saturation would help a bit also.

09-25-2010, 06:27 AM
When I use PS on helping people get their cosplay looks right, I tend to only stick to the Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat. , Replace Color, etc type effects. Color Dodge/Burn and airbrushing is good for lil minor things. I know it's just a WIP, but with the effects I'd stick to instead, you'll see a huge difference when working on getting your look jsut right. The eyes are wonderful though, so dreamy :D

For the second shot it just needs a lil more vibrant effect, but barely. It's really pretty and I love it.

10-01-2010, 08:14 PM
Pic #1 - The look on the iris is nice. But the whites of the eyes I feel aren't quite light enough given the brightness of the skin. There is no detail left in the eyelashes, which makes them look odd. The skin has no detail either. Some people seem to like that look. I don't. I second the heal + curves suggestion as an alternate. It also seems you darkened the highlights in the hair? (or darkened the whole photo before brightening the skin?) As a result, the highlights look like a strange grey rather than highlights.

Pic #2 - The pose feels very unnatural with the head twisted so far back. I think more of a profile shot of the face would be better, or having the body rotates more towards the camera. Something also feels odd proportionally - I think it might look better with the camera zoomed in more and the photographer father away.
The face looks a bit dark - when taking a backlit photo like this, you may want to tell the camera to overexpose (+2/3ev or so) if you can. For adjusting in post-processing, I'd use an layer set to "overlay" with a radial gradient from white to black to make the face area brighter and the rest darker.

10-05-2010, 01:56 PM
Picture #1: The eyes look quite stunning with the vibrant color. Perfect! The grey effect detracts from the over-all look. The washed out skin-tones seem over-done. Playing with other filters might give you a better result for pale skin. Save different versions to determine what works best. A more subtle effect might work better. Try Contrast and Brightness, Curves, Color Balance (Highlights and Midtones)Selective Color (red, white, and yellow). Indeed, the wig does have a cheap, plastic look.

Picture#2: This pose of your back shows the beautiful bow well. However, your arms are too hidden concealing the gloves. Your left arm does not show your fore-arm, angled like you could be an amputee. The colors of the costume are nicely saturated without being over-done. Your skin-tones absorbed some of the blue sky into the shade. It can be warmed up with some red and yellow, using Selective Color. The fence goes through your torso, but does not show any verticle wood on the right, making it rather abstract. It could be a fence or two long swords gutting you.

10-05-2010, 02:38 PM
The system won't let me post the rest of the critique, do to length, so here is the rest:

Picture#2 Continued: The fly-away hairs over your nose detract from seeing a clean shot of your face. They could be easily cloned out. The lighting is natural and over-all flattering, but some subtle shadows make your eyes look deep in your eye sockets. A reflector could bounce some light in there.

P.S. I never heard the end result of another forum post you made...What was the one thing you photoshopped?

10-10-2010, 08:27 PM
Thanks guys. :) I was kind of just playing around with the first one..testing different things, the second one, I was mainly concerned about. (My arm does look like it isn't there...that's frightening. D:)

Brucer - I totally forgot about that thread! D: The one thing I photoshopped (The main thing, actually..Since that post I did a bit more tweaking on it) was deleting a bar over my top teeth. -a retainer- I'd since stopped wearing it, and didn't want it to be there, so I tried my best to remove it. I later lightened the whole photo a bit with curves and smoothed under my eyes some. (A long day of cosplay makes for tired eyes. xD)

Thanks so much for your input. :)

10-10-2010, 08:27 PM
Added a new photo to this thread for critique.~