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Skyviperr
02-23-2005, 03:59 PM
To make those screenshots into those cool pictures? I like the one that gives the planes "glow"

Are they plugins or a combo a filters?

And i know this is newbish, but what is the best way to make a picture black and white in photoshop?

Skyviperr
02-23-2005, 03:59 PM
To make those screenshots into those cool pictures? I like the one that gives the planes "glow"

Are they plugins or a combo a filters?

And i know this is newbish, but what is the best way to make a picture black and white in photoshop?

Latico
02-23-2005, 04:20 PM
Don't have Photoshop. Use Ulead PhotoImpact for my photo editing which is just about as good as photoshop but less expensive.

Don't know what you mean by the "glow".

I use the "convert to mono tone" in PhotoImpact, which is the same as black and white imaging.

Longjocks
02-23-2005, 04:41 PM
Not filters so much as the tools and layer types. Add some subtle filtering and you get some great effects. Google for plenty of tutes on the Web. Have a look at screenshotart.com for some tips on the forums.

Weather_Man
02-23-2005, 04:41 PM
I don't use any addon filters. Just a few of the ones built in occasionally. Not sure what glow you refer to, but the diffuse glow filter gives some nice effects. It takes a lot of practice and trial and error to produce a world class screenshot with photoshop. But, it all begins with the original composition. A well thought out shot won't need much editing at all.

Give ScreenshotArt.com a look if you like. The are a bunch of photoshop masters willing to help, and some good tutorials if you want advice on making cool screenies. Plus some awesome pics to look at. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

GvSAP_Wingnut
02-23-2005, 07:50 PM
http://www.2gvsap.org/wingnut/j802small.jpg (http://www.2gvsap.org/wingnut/j802.jpg)

Some more:
110 (http://www.2gvsap.org/wingnut/bf110g2.jpg)
Blenheim (http://www.2gvsap.org/wingnut/blenheimmk1.jpg)

Click above for large photo... this what you mean? I used a soft focus filter which I don't have any longer (demo), but here's a tip that may help in PS:

1. Open the photo.
2. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
3. Set the radius to 4-10 pixels (use a high amount for hi-res images, low amount for low-res) and click OK.
4. Go to Edit > Fade Gaussian Blur. (Note: This command is under the Filter menu in older Photoshop versions.)
5. Set the fade opacity to 50%.
6. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.
7. Experiment within the following ranges: Amount: 80-200, Radius: 2-5, Threshold: 10-15.
8. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation.
9. Move the saturation slider up to somewhere in the 10-20 range and click OK.

Also, do a search for Actions... there are a lot of good actions out there for free. I'm still trying to find the one that created the aging effects on the pictures above (lost in a HD crash).

Use the dodge and burn tools to highlight and darken surfaces - really makes the planes pop out, and render/lens flare filters, etc etc.

I use a filter for converting to B&W, so I can add a tinge to it (e.g. sepia). Or you can go to mode, convert to grayscale, then convert back to RGB.

kiddknapp59
02-23-2005, 09:35 PM
If you want the plane to glow a bit, but not the background, use a layer mask. Copy your main layer and make it a layer mask. Paint out the background with a soft brush. Do the Gaussian blur trick Wingnut posted above on the layer with the layer mask. The background remains untouched. Once you learn layer masks it opens up a whole new world.
And by the way, there is no substitute for Photoshop. Everything else is second best. If you can get it while in school it costs less than half of retail with the academic discount and you can upgrade forever for a decent price. My last upgrade (to CS) was around $170 US.

Here (http://www.edknapp.net/sim/p1.jpg)
is an example of what layer masks can do.

aonyn
02-24-2005, 10:43 AM
Kiddknapp59,
I am still using PS7. Is the upgrade to CS worth the money in new tools and toys?
regards,
Dave

OldPepper
02-24-2005, 01:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by aonyn:
Kiddknapp59,
I am still using PS7. Is the upgrade to CS worth the money in new tools and toys?
regards,
Dave <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Absolutely NOT. IMO, PS CS is a bloated tool. It certainly has some useful new things, but PS 7 is fine and IMO requires no upgrading. I wish I still has PS3 sometimes for all the ChOps you could with it... (ChOps = alpha channel operations and booleans.) I just finished retouching the new Maybeline magazine ads with PS7 and Ill 10 (the lipstick ones with Charlotte from Sex in the City). It's good enough for me! Sadly, the day will come where 'm forced to "upgrade" putting my beloved PS 3 further into the past...

As for filters, from what I've seen around here, Directional Blur, Add Noise, and Gaussian Blur are very commonly used. Color Corrections as well. (Control-U, Control-L, Variations, etc.) I have very few 3rd party filters I rarely if ever use... I seriously miss the old "Paint Alchemy" filter, though, circa 1994... great filter.

R_Mutt
02-24-2005, 06:25 PM
You can do without filters, I won't say they're all useless but I see them more as a crutch. Light rendering is probably the only neccessary one I use on a regular basis. Master the blending options for each layer instead of looking for filters.

LeadSpitter_
02-25-2005, 07:15 AM
like mutt said any filter for ps can be done from in the program itself, its just a crutch for people who dont know the program well.

johann63
02-25-2005, 08:21 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LeadSpitter_:
like mutt said any filter for ps can be done from in the program itself, its just a crutch for people who dont know the program well. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

filters as a crutch? not sure I agree with you on that one lead. If you mean people use them to do wiz-bang things that are not always necessary to have it look wiz-bang, well maybe. But some filters can enhance in a subtle way in my opinion.

GvSAP_Wingnut
02-25-2005, 10:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LeadSpitter_:
like mutt said any filter for ps can be done from in the program itself, its just a crutch for people who dont know the program well. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah well there's nothing in Frontpage and Dreamweaver that you can't do in Notepad either.
Doesn't make them a crutch.

hobnail
02-26-2005, 02:31 AM
Still shots are for bowls of fruit not warbirds http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

http://users.on.net/apoulos/Bf109G6-R2-v-P47D22.gif

R_Mutt
02-26-2005, 05:37 AM
By crutch I mean that filters can often replace creativity and confine peoples design inside a box of one click wonders.

no offense http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

PriK
02-26-2005, 10:05 AM
So can drugs.

I do graphic design for a living and have no problems saving time (and client's money) by using a filter.

Elitism aside, if you don't have taste to begin with, not using a filter isn't going to make it any better.

Reminds me of the guys that insisted on using DOS simply because it was harder.

johann63
02-26-2005, 02:45 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by PriK:
So can drugs.

I do graphic design for a living and have no problems saving time (and client's money) by using a filter.

Elitism aside, if you don't have taste to begin with, not using a filter isn't going to make it any better.

Reminds me of the guys that insisted on using DOS simply because it was harder. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Valid points Mutt and PriK

As in my work too, if you dont have any fine arts background it impacts the quality of your work even if you know digital tools well.

All that aside and as noted, if you do have a good "eye" and your images are working, a few filters I use are blur (select areas) and sometimes auto/curves/color/contrast can also help.