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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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Dec. 30th, 2012 12:36 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.
Dec. 31st, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)
It would be pretty ironic if the photographer photoshopped out the reflections to begin with and then I added them back in.
Dec. 31st, 2012 01:07 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.
Dec. 31st, 2012 01:20 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.
Dec. 31st, 2012 02:11 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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