Which PS filter???

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  1. Sharkbait

    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

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    Personally, I am not a fan of softening filters, but I know that when I start doing weddings and senior portraits, people are going to want soft-filter photos. I am a big fan of shooting 'raw' images and digitally doing what I want them to (converting to b&w, etc.). I feel it gives me greater flexibility.

    My question is: Is there a PS filter that approximates a softening filter? Whenever I try any of the blur functions it looks just that--blurry. :?
     
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    you might want to try a gaussian blur mask. ctr-j to copy the background layer, apply a g.b. (enough to hide skin blemishes, such as wrinkles, but not too much)
    now, from here, there are several ways to proceed. i usually just choose the eraser tool, medium soft brush, opacity approx 50%, and erase the blur over the eyes, hair, and anywhere else you want detail to be sharp. by erasing these parts of the g.b. layer, you expose the un-blurred layer beneath.
    last step- adjust opacity of the g.b. layer until you have desired effect

    this is just one way to do it...
     
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    I gotta learn how to use layers better. :| :D
     
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    yup. once you do (and you will, just persevere!) all kinds of really cool techniques become possible. you gain so much control over your image by understanding and utilizing layers...
     
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    Ek.. how can you work in PS and NOT understand layers! Layers are my answer to almost everything. The concept isn't hard to understand. It's like having layers of paper with a million options.
     
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    Yeah I think all those options are what overwhelms me. I've got a couple of good PS books, but most of what I do is simple levels balancing and stuff. I'll probably be taking a PS class over the summer (continuing education stuff for my teaching license), so I'm sure my eyes will be fully opened then. ;)
     
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    I don't want to make it sound like I'm an expert in PS but I do know enought to get around with the layers and stuff. I hope to learn more in a few PS classes also but... just waiting for some $$$ to do so.
     
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    you don't need to take a class to learn this stuff!! get into it, explore, try, err, try again, ask questions here, read texts, explore some more, etc...
    shark- you have the ability to learn this relatively quickly. don't be intimidated by it! btw- are you running ps7 or another version? you might want to try mastering elements first...
     
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    I'm going to have to disagree with that statement. If he already has PS there's no reason to backtrack and use elements. I say jump into the thick of things and get the feet wet. I say work through some of the tutorials on sites like www.phong.com. Even thought you might not have a use for chrome text, you will get a feel for the basic tools and techniques of the program. That is how I learned. That is how I learned to do 3D modelling.

    And Osmer_Toby you seem to know your way around PS pretty well. How come you haven't submitted any tips for the tips thread?
     
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    true, if he already has ps7, and has begun to learn it, i agree. however, elements is much more simple, a little less intimidating, no?

    hmmm.... never thought about it. i'd be happy to, though. what topics, not yet covered, do people seem to want to hear about?
     
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    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

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    I'm not shy about software at all, I'm a computer geek at heart. ;-)

    I started on Elements and then progressed to PS 7. Layers is about the only thing I haven't messed with much, because I haven't really needed to in my work (that I've noticed). I'm sure though that there are some shots I have that could benefit.

    As far as the class goes, true I probably don't need it to figure the stuff out, but I do have to take 6 credit hrs every 3 years for upkeep of my teaching license, so might as well get it in with something like this. ;)
     
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    I just wanted to add one thing, or change one thing rather, about the technique that Osmer_Toby described. It's essentially what I use, and it works great, (I made an action for it), but instead of using the eraser tool to expose parts of the layer underneath, I like to add a layer mask, and paint them away. This gives you more flexibility because if you make a mistake, you didn't erase anything, you just masked it, and you can always get it back by painting with white.

    I usually gaussian blur at 6 pixels, then set the layer opacity to 50%, that way, I can vary the amount of blur in either direction, more or less.

    My 2 cents :)
     

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