Today I would like to show how I try to give my dolls the facial expressions they need for the photo story. I first saw this on Roville's blog a couple of years ago and love how she brings life into her dolls! Here is a link to her blog, where you can find several examples in older posts.
I have Photoshop CS2, so not a recent version, but I'm very attached to it and use it for all my photo editing, along with GIMP Image Editor. I use the Photoshop smudge tool to change details in the faces. Here are some before and after photos.
Here I tried to give Daryl a little smile:
Here mrs. Hudson needed to look serious. Happy Family Grandma has a permanent smile on her face, and that's not always right for the story lines.
Here Eve is excited about taking the pills Bree made for her, so she had to look happy:
And the last one: Father Kyle who just heard Lilly's story:
This is where you can find the smudge tool in Photoshop. You can change the brush size to smudge smaller or larger areas. I'm sure there are better ways to change faces or other things, but I'm only showing how I do it :-).
One other thing I would like to share is how I make photos appear to be taken at night. I'm not a photographer so there will surely be correct techniques for this, but I'm kind of pleased with the results I got this way:
1. Choose Image - Adjustments in Photoshop
2. Select Photo Filter
3. Choose a cooling filter (you can choose any colour you want, besides the ones that are standard)
The original photo:
After. I changed the saturation, brightness and colour balance as well to come to this result.
I'm taking a little break again from writing posts for a week or two, but will be back with episode 5 of Whitherville, and a - hopefully nice - dress that I'm making for Peggy Harcourt!