I began by opening the image that I wanted to edit by clicking “File” and then choosing the option “Open” I then unlocked the layer, I made sure that I did this as the background cannot be moved unless it is redefined as a layer, it also allows me to begin editing and making any further changes to the image without any access white background. To begin with....
To delete the excess background I began by going Trial and Error – around the main shape of the model using a tool Deleting the called “Magnetic Lasso Tool”. Background in one go. I then tried erasing the outside of the selected area however it would not erase as only the selected area was the only bit you could do anything to which in this case was erasing.I made the eraser larger to decrease the time it would take me to rub the entire background. Once I finished I pressed delete however I found that the image deleted and not thebackground, I had discovered that the section that is selected is the section that is removed and not the image around it so I had to undo the damage and start again.
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I then erased the outside of the image as for some odd reason the “Magnetic Lasso Tool” did not pick up the entire background of the image, so I then zoomed into the image in several different places and erased the left over background. I also erased a lot of excess background around the hair which was the hardest as the Magnetic Lasso Tool did not pick up all of the background so I had to zoom in and erase these separately to ensure that my magazine looked professional and well edited along with the crucial fact that the hair should look realistic and natural.I then went around the whole image blurring the outline of thewhole image using the “Blur Tool”, I did this to ensure that myimage looked neater and more professional, I also did this asafter blurring the image had a sort of glow like effect to it and Ifound that it added to the attraction and “catchiness” of theimage so I chose to proceed and do this to all my images. However one disadvantage of using the smudge tool was that sometimes it smudged a little too much and I found that it distorted the image slightly, luckily I was able to fix this by simply undoing the damage.
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I adjusted the image by clicking on “Image” and clicked on “Adjustments” seeing as though I wanted to adjust the brightness and contrast therefore I then did this by choosing the option that did this. By increasing the brightness I though it would also improve the audiences feelings towards it as this is usually associated with positive emotions – making it more appealing to my target audience. I adjusted the brightness to “8” and the contrast to “100” as I wanted it bright but not to artificial looking.I then adjusted the brightness and contrast of the image as I thought that it would make the image slightly more pleasing to the eye, I also did this as it made the image clearer and easier to work with.I set the brightness to 8 and the contrast 100, I did this as it gave the model a more “oranger” skin colour and I thought that it looked as though the model had a tan, by applying this I felt that my target audiences whichconsists mainly of teenagers aged between 12 and 18 years could relate to this as “having a tan” is thought to be “fashionable”.
3 1 2 By feathering the image it gives the To begin my process of image a more feathering I began by going attractive look, the around the entire image I then selected “Modify” as this was where the “Feather” image looks more using the “Magnetic Lasso appealing and eyeTool” after doing this I clicked option was. After selecting this option it was simply up catching, it alsoon “Select” and inversed the adds a glow to the image as I did not want any to me to what extent I wanted to feather the actual image adding tooutside bits of the image and the attraction of I wanted it to have an even image. the whole image. finish.[Process of Feathering]
[Finding the correct Feather Radius] After discovering that the previous number was too small and not very effective I I began by choosing a small decided to increase the number to feather as I was number however still unsure of the actual effect it keeping to the small would have on the image as differences as I wanted to it was a effect that I had observe the effect each never used before so I had, this time I decided to began with a small number increase slightly and set it to which was “5” however after “10” however like the doing this I found that the previous time this was also effect was very little and it too small and had very little did not look very appealing effect on the image. nor eye catching. I then decided to set the image to “15” as the last two times were Finally I found the correct unsuccessful in fulfilling the feather that gave my image look and effect I wanted that outstanding and from the image, however effected glow I intended, I after doing so I found that found that the effect was the image was eye catching eye catching and different, I however I wanted it to have set the feather to “20” and I a slightly larger outer glow found that this worked the so i decided to increase the best out of the previous number slightly. three. When I began my process of feathering I had a very clear image in my mind of how exactly I wanted my image to look and what effect I wanted it to have on my audience and how it would adapt and work well with the concept and look behind my magazine. I wanted the image to look realistic as well as it having a unique and eye catchinglook to it, something that wouldnt regularly would not be seen in a normal magazine on the market at the moment. [ T r i a l a n d E r r o r ]
I then cut around the area I wanted using the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” and then decided to crop the image as the area I wanted was only small in comparison to the background so I felt if I cropped the image it would look tidier and neater.I then saved the image as a JPEG as Iwas told that once I decided to transferthe image onto Adobe InDesign theimage would look more professional andless “pixalated” and “fuzzy” after hearingthis I made sure that once I had finished Idefinitely saved the image as this formatas I wanted to give my magazine themost professional and clean look Ipossibly could.
I began by opening the image I wanted to edit - 1 2 3I then began by drawing a simple box around the area of the image I did not want, I did this using the“Rectangular Marquee Tool”, I chose not to use the whole image as I found that there was not enoughfocus on the face and this factor was something my teacher made sure she emphasised when she wastelling us the criteria for the magazine as she highlighted on the fact that this was something that wouldhelp me gain some extra brownie points along with the fact that in real music magazines the focus ofthe models is compulsory as the face should be clearly visible as this is something that attracts theaudience in to buying the magazine even more as it creates a sort of connection between the audienceand the model as they are making eye contact and it also makes the audience feel more involved withthe model as there is clear eye contact, so I wanted to cut the bottom bit of the image and then zoom inon the image and use that instead as I found that it was more visible to audiences that the model wasretaining eye contact as this was a compulsory thing I wanted as it made the audiences feel as thoughthey were on a personal level with the model in the image and they could relate to the model so Iensured that it was clear that the model retained eye contact and to do this I had to zoom in on thechosen image.
I then created a new document, however not as a clipboard but asinternational paper as I wanted the size of the new document to be A4 ready for me to place the cut out image on. I then dragged the cut out image onto the document, unlocked the layer and then enlarged the image so it fit the whole A4 document. After unlocking the layer I deleted the white layer as I did not need it. I then applied the image so it came out a better quality and not so “blurry" and “pixalated”.
I then used the “Magnetic Lasso Tool” to cut around the image, I chose to use this tool instead of the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” as it was easier as it went round the image without me having to click anything. I then erased any excess left over background that I might have missed outAfter cutting around the whole image I then stopped and earlier, I did this using the “Eraser Tool”.went round the outside finally finishing where I started, I did I made sure I did not leave any accessthis as I wanted to remove the background not the back ground out as I did not want toimage, after this I then deleted the excess background only make the image look unprofessional inleaving the image I wanted. any way .
1st I began by using the “Blur Tool" however once I began using I found that it was taking extremely long for one individual spot to become “invisible” and it also left a weird “spiral like” pattern on the area I blurred so I decided this tool was not the right tool to use and set out on a quest to find a different tool that would be more effective. I then tried using the “Clone Stamp Tool" to remove the spots however I found that it left a weird mark after and I also found great difficulty using this tool as well as I found that sometimes to me personally it would “stop working” I found this tool extremely hard to use and I found it almost impossible to hide one spot let alone several. After the previous technique also failing I then decided to start playing with all the tools, after a while a found a tool called “Healing Brush Tool” that I thought would maybe work, however after using it I found that it also left marks and I found that it some what distorted the image too so I decided to undo the “damage” and try a different technique. I finally found a tool that I thought would do just the trick, above the previous tool I tried was another tool called “Spot Healing Brush Tool”, I decided to try this tool as all my previous techniques were a fail I thought to myself what else have I got to loose, however much to my dismay I found that this tool worked incredibly well as it removed the spots very well and only left a slight mark however I could then remove this after using the “Blur Tool” however other than that I found that this was the perfect tool to use as it was easy and effective., I found that even after using it the image still looked realistic and professional. 1 2 3 When I first began my “journey” to removing the blemishes of the models face, I had no idea about what exact tools on Photoshop I would need to remove them, so I decided to experiment a little and try avariety of different tools in order to remove them however ensuring the image looked as realistic and “non – fake” as possible.
After fixing the spots and odd “unwanted” blemishes I wanted to ensure that the models face was clear of any blemishes even the tiniest area as I am a proud perfectionist so I resorted to zooming closely into the image and smudging the outline of the image to give the image a more perfect and appealing finish, I did this also as it gives the image a more professional look as the edges are more smoother and slightly blurred, this gives the image a more eye catching and appealing look as it makes the image stand out even more. When editing the image I used the “Smudge Tool" as I felt it was the easiest tool to use as well as also being affective . 1 2I used a relatively largesized brush to smudgethe outside of myimage, this was simply 5to save time as I wasable to smudge a largearea of space in onego instead of having to 4go around it in asmaller brush and ittaking twice as longer. 3
After adjusting the image to black and white I found that theimage was I little to dark and it was very hard to even makeout the face of the model. I adjusted the image by clicking on“image” and then clicking on “adjustments” and I then clickedon black and white. As I found that the image was far too dark I decided to adjust the brightness and contrast of the image as I thought that if I brightened the image it would then make it look more appealing and the models face would be slightly more clearer and visible.
I then saved the Photoshopdocument as a “JPEG” imageto ensure it was easy to placeon the InDesign document.
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