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Photoshop - masking with gray

Another followup for lou_harper! I like things like glasses because they give me a chance to really make the subject look integrated. It's also an opportunity to be creative with the layer mask. When painting on a layer mask "white reveals, black conceals" but you can get a lot of mileage out of your gray tones, which result in transparency in your mask.
Screen shot 2012-12-30 at 7.51.41 AM
Normally I'd mask out the glasses lens with a very dark gray, however in this instance the lighting source right behind the lens looked like it needed to really shine through at full strength. I did get fancy masking the ARM of the glasses, though, which was translucent. I hand-painted a gray strip to allow the background color to partially come through.
Screen shot 2012-12-30 at 7.47.15 AM
The reflections in his lenses were picking up color from the gradient overlay so those blended in to the composition without a problem. I will actually be adding subtle reflection in cover #7 because due to the angle of the model's head, the frames look empty to me, and Paul's glasses are his trademark.

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lou_harper
Dec. 30th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
I thought it was something like that. I'm looking forward the reflections example. I've seen some cool ones in movies posters, but they're tough to make to look realistic.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 31st, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
It would be pretty ironic if the photographer photoshopped out the reflections to begin with and then I added them back in.
lou_harper
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
The hot fuzz poster has it that way. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__FB9waRXJB0/S-iSQsp9k5I/AAAAAAAACaA/NonUXAHmIAU/s1600/zhot_fuzz.jpg

However, those are sunglasses and not translucent.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Great example. I think they need a little something, like additional shine over the top of the reflected image. It's funny, the last big movie poster scrutiny I did, I found a really broad range of talent. Some were very poorly executed. Surprisingly so. And then some were just stunning, like the Watson I posted before.
lou_harper
Dec. 31st, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, otherwise it looks too pasted on. Aside from the glare, there's also the shading. Plus the placement of the reflection: it repeats on the two glasses but not identical.

I have a folder on my desktop where I collect all sorts of images from posters to classic ads for reference. I love the style of Saul Bass, and the way it's been revived in movie title sequences like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Catch me if you can. I also love old pulp cover, and always take pictures when I go to the used bookstore.
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