9 May 2018

About smudge tools and photo filters

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:

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After

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.

Before

After
Here Eve is excited about taking the pills Bree made for her, so she had to look happy:

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After

And the last one: Father Kyle who just heard Lilly's story:

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After
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! 

46 comments:

  1. Hello Millicent,
    Thank you for these great tips. It really helps bring your stories to life.
    big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, thank you :-). I hope someone has use to it, you can never share enough information about such things I think. I hope you are enjoying your break and that your back is better now :-). Big hug back!

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  2. That's brilliant! They all and the scenography look fantastic.

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    1. Hello Mangusta, thank you, it's rather easy to use, with a fun effect :-)!

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  3. Amazing tips and tricks! Simple things can really make a difference! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Niina, hey, you have a new avatar, it's cute! :-). I share this just in case somebody would have use for it :-).

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  4. Rewelacyjna metoda zmiany nastroju na twarzach lalek! Jestem zafascynowana i zaskoczona! Świetny efekt!

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    1. Witam Olla, dziękuję! Twarze zmienić nieco, tak, że postacie z historii będzie miał odpowiednie wyrażenie :-). Cieszę się to podoba!

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  5. Great tips, and it's a great job you've done. :)

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    1. Hello Kamelia, thank you :-). Sometimes the dolls have such wrong expressions that it's necessary to change it a bit :-).

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  6. I am admiring your work and the attention to detail. It is very interesting what you showed us. I am waiting for the continuation.Have a nice week. :)

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    1. Hello Szara, I'm glad you find it interesting :-)! Enjoy your week too!

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  7. And I've got an older programme, PS CS ver. 8.0. :) But I love it.
    I usually use the smudge tool to blend some details of the background.
    Yes, changing facial expressions is a good idea.

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    1. Hello Nana, I wonder how much difference there is between the old versions and the latest one, I think a lot :-). The smudge tool isn't meant for changing faces, but when it works, it works lol!

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  8. Amazing tips and tricks! It's incredible how simple things can really make a difference! You put so much effort in your story! Great job :)

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    1. Hello Balbinka, thank you! It's not perfect, but it does the trick :-).

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  9. Great idea for topic on your blog! It looks great! I also use sometimes the tools in photo editor, but I don't have Adobe Photoshop, just PhotoFiltre http://www.qweas.com/downloads/graphic/editors/scr-photofiltre.jpg :-) Hugs! Thanks for share :-)

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    1. Hello Aya, thank you! Thank you for the link! All such programs have the same editing options I think, just sometimes with different names, it's good that there is so much choice :-).
      Hugs back :-)

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  10. Świetna sprawa. Twoje lalki rzeczywiście ożyły. Super!!!

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    1. Witam Ewa, dziękuję! Cieszę się jak wynik :-)

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  11. Thanks for sharing those techniques. I have seen the smudge one, not on that linked site though but elsewhere for something else. It's just a really subtle change but it makes a difference when you're telling stories. It's quite neat. I didn't even realize you had done that with your dolls in the stories - that's how seamless it was done. Good job!

    Ah I had wondered how you did that night shot. Great tips there. I'm trying to get my hands on some lighting for night time shots as I seem to get the urge to take photos at night a lot and fluro lights just don't give nice results.

    Thanks again for sharing the tips! Have a nice break!

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    1. Hello Alasse, thank you, I'm glad you like the subtle changes :-). I didn't try to make Melanie's smile to disappear yet, but I'll have to soon! Melanie has a smile with teeth showing, so that will be a challenge lol!
      Proper lighting for night photos is a good investment I think! I hope you find something that is right for the kind of photos you want to take. I have a daylight set, but haven't had the time yet to experiment more with it. The one or two times that I used it, it gave very good results though!

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  12. OH my! thank you for the good tips. Must try to use these.
    Mini hugs,
    Conny

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    1. Hello Conny, my pleasure :-)! Thank you for your nice comment! Mini hugs back :-)

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  13. Great job! Great idea. It will be very useful tool for your photo stories. Characters will come to life. :)))
    Hugs :)

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    1. Hello Haruka, I'm very glad that I saw this on Roville's blog, it does make the dolls come to life :-)! I'm glad you like it! Hugs :-)

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  14. It's so simple! Dolls' faces can look different everytime! It's great idea!

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    1. Hello Eunice, it changes a bit, but just enough to make a difference :-).

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  15. Very neat techniques and so simple when someone shows how! Thanks so much Linda, it's all been loaded in my memory banks for use down the track. :)
    Big hugs,
    X

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    1. Hello Xanadu, I'm glad you like it :-). Big hugs back!

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  16. Great post Milli!! I didn't know there wer tools like those, I am amazed at the first one, so you can change slightly the expressions on your dolls' faces. It is a great convenience! Perhaps, I could try some day.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledges!!
    Big hugs from Spain!

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    1. Hello Rosana, if you use apps, I know there is one to change human faces that of course can be used for dolls as well. It probably is an easier and better solution, but I prefer my Photoshop :-). I'm glad you like the effects!
      Big hugs back x :-)

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  17. now i see why your dolls are so expressive. :) i specially like eve's face when she's taking the pills. you nailed it! the light and the colours can create a certain atmosphere, as well.
    some people say that dolls come to life at night, so be careful. ;) i hope you'll be back soon. hugs!

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    1. Hello chema, thank you so much, I'm glad you like the effects :-)! Yes, I heard that too, that dolls come to life at night, who knows what mischief they are up to then lol! Watch out for your Nancy ;-D!
      Hug back!

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  18. Oh, good tips! I have often wondered how Ro did this! Gives the dolls some great expression. I will definitely have to try using these tools! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hello Phyllis, I think Ro uses an app, but I'm not sure. Miranda from One Sixth Avenue had an episode where she let Luke smile with the use of an app, that was awesome, but I couldn't find it anymore. Anyway, the smudge tool works too :-).

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  19. Such a nice tutorial, thank you! I never tried to change expressions of my dolls for the photostories, but now I guess I can give it a try! The results you presented look very nice.

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    1. Hello Chiriann, I'm glad you like it :-)!

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  20. WHO KNEW YOU COULD DO THAT!??
    I have an Old and Ancient laptop and its not able to do any of this stuff, yet I find it fascinating that it CAN be done! It really makes a world of difference to the various characters in your stories with just a tweaking of their features.
    VERY COOL!

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    1. Hello Elizabeth, such computer programs can do so much, it's fun to discover all the tools :-).

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