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Being an illustrative person that loves the fantastic, the magical, and the whimsical, I extended my various editing and illustration skills into digitally editing photos for cosplay as well! I like transforming just a pretty photo into something more by giving a sense of action or narrative. This can elevate photos to an almost cinematic level, setting it in a different genre than other types of photography that I do (such as professional portraits, pet portraits, product photography, etc.).

 

Self-taught in photography, I often take or have assistants help capture many of my cosplays on my Nikon D5300, and I generally use Photoshop to add effects, ambience, color, or retouch. I've also dabbled in Lightroom, though not for cosplay. Before learning Photoshop, I used Aperture until the program was discontinued.

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Photoshop Editing

•advanced retouching

•color alteration

•transformed lighting

•special effects

•"blemish" repair

•enriched atmospherics

Top/Left = Before Edit  ~  Bottom/Right = After Edit

Special Effects and Lighting Edit

Special Effects and Lighting Edit

Made alterations to the lighting and background, and also added special effects for dramatic parallel to the action-oriented pose.

Special Effects and Lighting Edit

Special Effects and Lighting Edit

Brought up the light in the scene by carefully enhancing brightness, levels, exposure, and using layer masks to blend the enhancements. Created three "fairies" by using gradients and layer styles to make them glow, as well as custom brushes and sparkles to create "fairy dust". I also used my custom brush to create spots that I would transform into rays using radial blur. To strengthen the rays, I duplicated the layer a few times, and merged them, and used gaussian blur to soften them.

Special Effects and Lighting Edit

Special Effects and Lighting Edit

Brought up the light in the scene by carefully enhancing brightness, levels, exposure, and using layer masks to perfectly blend the enhancements. Created three "fairies" by using gradients and layer styles to make them glow, as well as custom brushes and sparkles (also made by me) to create "fairy dust". Focus in background was softened using Gaussian Blur, and difference clouds and a gradient were added to create an enchanted atmosphere in the image.

Color and Lighting Transformation

Color and Lighting Transformation

Filled in the gap in the hair to give it a true-to-character effect, and modified a leaf brush that I downloaded to create leaves blowing through the air. Background was softened using gaussian blur. Lighting on the subject was enhanced, and a dramatic sun flare from behind was added. Light beams and a lens flare also strengthen the look. A green hue was added to the left side to frame the warm colors and make for an analogous color story.

Fantasy Edit & Color Correction

Fantasy Edit & Color Correction

Altered levels, channels, brightness, contrast, exposure, etc. to tone down the orange glow from the sunset. Also used layer masks to play up the blue in the shadows to compliment the gown. For a magic touch, I added difference clouds to create a enchanting "mist".

Fantasy Edit & Color Manipulation

Fantasy Edit & Color Manipulation

Altered levels, channels, brightness, contrast, exposure, etc. to tone down the orange glow from the sunset. Also used layer masks to play up the blue in the shadows to compliment the gown. For a magic touch, I added difference clouds to create a cool "mist".

Aperture 3 Editing

•light retouching

•color correction

•lighting enhancement

•sharpen details

•minor "blemish" clean up

•set ambience with temperature

Top/Left = Before Edit  ~  Bottom/Right = After Edit

Brighten Image

Brighten Image

Subtle enhancement's to color and brightened face so that shadow from the hat would not fade out the facial details.

Adding Focus and Enhancing Colors

Adding Focus and Enhancing Colors

Brought out the blacks to add depth to the sticks, and a subtle vignette to bring the focal point towards the center. Increased warmth and saturation to enhance ambience, and brightened Tink's colors to make her stand out in the busy background.

Adding Warmth

Adding Warmth

Brightened the image and added warmth to give the feeling of an evening sunset.

Color Pop and Brightness

Color Pop and Brightness

Enhanced color and brightness to give a comic book effect to the character.

Color Theming

Color Theming

Smoothed out distracting bits in the scene and costume and created an eerie effect by adding a green cast, and dull vignette. Used cropping to bring attention to the character.

Flash Color Correction

Flash Color Correction

Corrected white balance to a more natural color, as one would see it in person.

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