Improving My Cosplay Photoshop Part 5

FIRE BENDING Round 5, and I decided to go back to one of my “roots of epic”. Fire. Yes, it seems innocently easy enough to just paste a fire stock photo, and change the blend mode to “screen”. But to take it to an entirely different “godly” level, it takes a whole lot more. So I went all around the Internet, studying how the grand masters cook their epic eye meals. I came to a simple conclusion – blending fire works much better with a dark background. Sometimes even much better…

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Improving My Cosplay Photoshop Part 4

Round 4 of 999, fight. This round, I deal with the blings. I mean how to fake blings and create more epic drama. THE EASIEST LIGHT EVER 1) Create a new layer, set the blend mode to “overlay”. Hard light or soft light works as well, depending on the picture. 2) Paint with a soft brush at varying opacity. Done. 3) As a bit of added bonus, try adding some dust specks to level up the drama. Note : The “color” of the light can be changed with a hue / saturation layer,…

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Improving My Cosplay Photoshop Part 3

Oh yes, it’s more of this stuff. Round 3 of 999, fight. But this time round, I am just taking notes of a few bits and pieces that I found really useful so far. So if you guys find these useful, feel free to use them in your own projects as well. Enhancing Eyes My usual method – select the eyes -> new adjustment layer -> curves. Sometimes I will add another hue/saturation layer. That’s it. But this method that master Dewis uses is a lot more comprehensive. It even went…

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Improving My Cosplay Photoshop Part 2

Here we go again. Before I can achieve my dream of ruling the world with epic cosplay, I must master this skill called “Photoshop”. So round 2, fight! The topic this time round will be “character extraction”… or rather “perfect character extraction”. Oh, and this time round, I picked up an interesting book called “The Photoshop Workbook” which you can get it off Kindle. Let’s see how much this book can teach me. As usual, I picked a photo from Pixabay and started working on it. I chose this girl, because skilled Photoshoppers will know…

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Improving My Cosplay Photoshop

I AM AN OLD TIMER, NOT A MASTER OF THE GAME OF PHOTOSHOP So it has been a really long time since I started my journey with Photoshop in the 1990s . Thinking back, it was kind of weird. I never see myself as a “creative”, and I adopted Photoshop out of pure curiosity. It just so happens that Photoshop became stuck with me until now. Not that I am complaining, Photoshop is a piece of gem that I picked up and never regretted. In those days, Photoshop was simple. Yes, so simple that a child…

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