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AzureSky
Independents
3/20/2015 7:44:39 PM


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Hyglobert once told me gaussian blur is very useful and he was right,
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Hitspinner
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3/22/2015 1:40:00 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
Funkwood would be the expert on Gaussian Blur. He told me a month or two ago that he uses that. I have not played with it in PS but have a more primitive form of it in PI. I think it serves to the same end by dulling the images to fuse. It seems to me that even after using that you would have to sharpen in one of the final steps. Topaz reduces the multiple steps but if you tweak and mess with PS you can get very similar Topaz type applications. I think where the basic Topaz suite is concerned, the advantage is ability to load pre-sets. I have a few different formulas that I apply to an image religiously and the formula with all the tweaks and dials is saved. Now, I think you can do the same in PS but I would not know where to begin.
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IcyAllEyeCan
Independents
3/22/2015 4:15:54 AM


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I almost always use gaussian blur. Just went through the sharpening technique you linked to and it worked like a charm. Used "surface blur" as gummy recommended, instead of the Topaz tool and it just was great.

I have some actions, bought them in a packet with other people splitting the costs, and they're great -- including a pro retoucher for skin, a grain adder, a "Technicolor World" in both glowing and non-glowing and lots of other cool things. I feel I could overdo it all, so I'm not going to get more. Rather learn old school, so in case something happens, I can rebuild with less than six million.
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Hitspinner
Independents
3/23/2015 7:52:36 PM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 3/22/2015 4:15:54 AM, IcyAllEyeCan said:
I almost always use gaussian blur. Just went through the sharpening technique you linked to and it worked like a charm. Used "surface blur" as gummy recommended, instead of the Topaz tool and it just was great.

I have some actions, bought them in a packet with other people splitting the costs, and they're great -- including a pro retoucher for skin, a grain adder, a "Technicolor World" in both glowing and non-glowing and lots of other cool things. I feel I could overdo it all, so I'm not going to get more. Rather learn old school, so in case something happens, I can rebuild with less than six million.



LOL. Funny, yeah, the technology is so vast it is crazy. Learning the basics of digital software really does save one from a plethora of headaches. Whish I had been more serious about it when I was first exposed. I would have never thought I would have stuck with it this long so many years ago. So I just grabbed up stuff rather piecemeal with no natural steps laid out. So, I never really got the full chronological picture of the medium.

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IcyAllEyeCan
Independents
3/25/2015 12:38:02 AM


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Well, who did? It was being developed and everyone mostly just jumped on the traveling train. Unless you got a job where a company had specific tasks and trained you in those, I think everyone was learning as they went. NOW there's "formal" education, at like lydia.com, which I love but can't afford often. Some day! for now, there are tutorials for free on YouTube on practically every topic.
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