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Adventures in CS5

Last week I upgraded my OS to Show Leopard and my Creative Suite to CS5. So far everything's playing nice together, except for some of the OnOne Photoshop plugins I use, but they say the new versions will be ready soon. So here's what I have for my Victor Bayne model today.

The original pic - wearing a better shirt than usual...typical scowl.


Here I plunked him into a random background, which I ended up liking more than I thought I would. The direction of the light source works with the picture. I gave it a tint so he looked like he was under fluorescent lights. I liked what my lighting alterations did to his arms. You can really see how he's clenching his fists. The composition's kinda nice too.

Especially fabulous was the ease with which I could select his hair. Look how natural he looks against that background! No ugly cutout Photoshop-head.

There was also a big red forklift I magically disappeared. Yay.

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egret17
May. 21st, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
This is very cool - I'm used to seeing the results, not the process. Thanks for sharing!
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
I didn't think there'd be this much interest! I'll document some steps along the way next time.
countrygirlxxoo
May. 21st, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Wow. This is great! Is this going to be the cover for the new Psycop book? That warehouse background slightly blurred and tinted green like that gives it a futuristic feel. I don't know who this guy is but he's the perfect embodiment of Victor. I have such a weak spot for the dark haired blue eyed boys. Speaking of Psycop books...when's the new one going to come out?
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Actually, no. It was just a composite of two pictures I found in my "stock art" folder for the sake of playing with my new photoshop. I do like it enough that I could use it for a cover if I decide to do a short it would fit with.

There was a dark haired, blue-eyed girl in my grammar school who was so striking all the boys went nutso over her. I suppose that stuck with me.

My goal is to have PsyCop 6 out this fall. I have to finish up Zero Hour (like this weekend) and the second batch of Petit Morts first.
dysonrules
May. 21st, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Sweeeeeeeet!!!!! That looks amazing. (And, well, he does, too.) :D
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I love how we all tacitly ignore that he's way too young...that's okay. The posture, expression and everything else are there.
ali_wilde
May. 21st, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Wonderful. As one who has nil artistic skills, I applaud those who have. I know what I like though, and what you've done is great.
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
I think the end reaction is the goal of the whole thing, rather than the process--so yay!
ocotillo_dawn
May. 21st, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
:cool:

Thanks for sharing.
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm happy people were intersted! I ended up losing myself in photoshop tutorials for the entire day, so I figured I needed something tangible to show for it, even if just a blog post.
(Anonymous)
May. 27th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this technique with us, I like the 2nd picture with finer details like his fists clenched - which I didn't notice at first....
(altho I prefer the original model used for Vic (Criss Cross, Camp Hell etc. with his dark good looks, the scowl, the build)..........So excited about the next Psycop novel, it's great to have something to look forward to as a reader!
jordan_c_price
May. 27th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Same model, different photo shoots.
rdafan7
May. 27th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Same model, different photo shoots

Altho they look similar I didn't think it was the same person. It's interesting how lighting, stance, background can make a difference. Or maybe its my untrained artists eye :)
jordan_c_price
May. 27th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
For every book cover that comes out, there are probably 5 shots of the model I've considered, so I'm used to seeing him looking more different ways than my readers. He can be really goofy when he's hamming it up, too.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 6th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Who is he? He fits what I pictured Victor to look like (well, more so from the 'Criss Cross' pictures) except a tad bit too young.
jordan_c_price
Apr. 6th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
He's a stock art model, so I don't actually know him, or photograph him myself--he is too young, but he does the scowl so well!

I'd forgotten about this test picture.
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