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03-02-2006
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Well, if you mean the soft edges, here's a quick and dirty way to get the look:

First, I'll use this lovely photo of Ms. Keira Knightly (mmm...) as an example:



Now, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels (or control + L) and slide the arrows below the the input levels around to darken her up. I slid the black one right, just enough to get good shadows, then I slid the grey one around, that's the most important, so you get a natural darkening. The white was moved over left a bit, just to add contrast. Why not use Auto Levels? I don't like them, and this way give you more shadows:



Next, you go to Filter > Distort > Diffuse Glow. Within this, you add the fuzziness around it. I put the grain to 0, to keep it smooth. Glow Amount controls the amount of glow (redundant, huh?). And the Clear Amount let's you control the blur on the work. You can see the general area where I put these at.



And here is the end result:



To get a result like your example is possible, but it involves some time. It would be easier to start with a photo that was lit from behind, but you get the general idea. Let me see what you come up with. And please, don't over do it, as it is a filter that has been whored to death, and your photos may end up looking like they were taken at the mall at Star Shots or something.

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Thankyou so so much, your amazing!!

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and to answer the smooth look thing..there's an easy way to make everthing look smooth and dreamy..but not so blurred...

(dont know if you know this method already..quite simple and popular)

go to filter > blur > gaussian blur...than you move the slider to the amount which make the whole pic blurred..(the amount depends on the size of the pic)..not blurred to the point where you only see blobs of color..but to the point where you can still see a faint edge of the object(s)

click ok

now go to edit > fade gaussian blur
and fade away the blur to the amount you feel is just right

and this is how to create that dreamy, glowing look in 2 easy steps
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^ Thankyou muxu your all amazing!

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am not really a pro at using it on illustrations but i always use it to enhance the colours and also smoothen some of the lines by again enhancing the colours. CS5 has great tools like the match colour, i also like using contrast /brightness to add character to the drawing and the select colour and hue/saturation tools to make the colours mode dramatic

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here are some sketches where i used photoshop to make them more visible and also changed the colours of the clothes...basic i guess
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The easiest thing I do to create that airy blurred out look is to use "Diffuse Glow" on the picture...

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how do you lighten things aswell?

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How do you airbrush (is that the name?) people using photoshop? I'm talking about making the skin looking smooth as this: http://techfire6.tripod.com/pics/adriana_lima_042.jpg

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how do you lighten things aswell?
I guess you can try going to Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast
and fiddle around with those.
You could also do the same thing by going to the same place, except choosing Hue/Saturation

NorwegianIngrid I couldn't see the picture, but you just use the airbrush tool and draw over the skin, I guess lol

I have Photoshop 6 ...

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JR1 - other than Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast, I also use Image > Adjust > Curves.

I actually prefer that method, because it gives you more options to experiment

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I have a question. Where is a good place to get Photoshop cheap??? Also what exactly does Photoshop Illustrator do??

Im going to be taking a class soon, and I need to have Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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You can check local book store or dealer sometime you can get discount
on the software but if you are taking it in school you can also try the IT
service, most of university or college offers education version of the
software if it is part of the requirement.

Photoshop creates pixel file, it is mainly use to fix or manipulate the photos,
it is also capable to create some photorealistic image from scratch. The file is
extremely large, and if the resolution is not high enough, the image will
became pixilated

unlike photoshop, illustrator creates vector files, images create in this
program will not lost its resolution no matters how big you expand it. I think
the names of these programs are pretty straight forward, illustrator is mainly
used to generate graphic and if you have these two program youíll find they
work like charms, there is no hassle between importing and exporting, you simply
just need to drag over the image from one to another.

For example if you are doing fashion design, you can draw your sketch in Illustrator
than find the pictures with desire fabric than do the colour change in photoshop and
past it on your design.


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