April 14, 2022 at 12:01 pm #2678
I recently tried out the Boris FX Optics. It has a lot of very interesting effects, It is a bit pricy though and after some thought, I realized I could probably do most if not all of what they have in Ps myself. So, I played and this is what I came up with.
April 14, 2022 at 12:12 pm #2681
- This topic was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by terry connelly.
Terry, this is really wonderful. I’m going to check out Boris FX Optics. Thanks. n
April 14, 2022 at 12:47 pm #2684April 14, 2022 at 12:53 pm #2685
- This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by NancyGoodenough.
I used the technique here by creating a separate clean layer and then using a specialized brush and painting a speckled design on it. I took that into blur and used the path blur to generate the color you see here. I used another clean layer and painted blue lines on sections of the doors and windows. I took those into blur as well. Basically, you can use paint to accent anywhere you decide and the blur will blend it. You can further use blend modes to manipulate what you want. I will use this method a lot and didn’t have to pay big bucks for it.April 14, 2022 at 12:57 pm #2686
Thank you, Nancy. We had a little problem getting the photo up and in the right color space but finally got it. The more tools in the toolbox the more possibilities. Ps has most of what we need you just have to think outside the box and be willing to make mud.April 14, 2022 at 1:27 pm #2687
Terry, so I understand, was this wonderful image created with PS, not the Boris product?April 14, 2022 at 1:48 pm #2688
Correct, the effects in Boris can be recreated in Ps pretty much without a whole lot of effort by using paint and blur tools. Not saying it isn’t a wonderful program, but I decided it wasn’t going to be one I used enough to warrant the cost. On further exploration, I found how I could recreate the effects.April 14, 2022 at 3:04 pm #2692
Cool. nApril 24, 2022 at 8:40 am #2769SteveM CompChairKeymaster
Good info about PS capabilities. I like the final result a lot as well. Thanks for sharing!May 17, 2022 at 4:55 pm #3052SteveM CompChairKeymaster
Nancy, you may recall that I’ve been using Optics a lot. I got it at the introductory price…apparently the price has gone up substantially. The Yakima Train was done in Optics. The shadow was done in Affinity Photo.May 18, 2022 at 1:03 pm #3070On SteveM CompChair said
Nancy, you may recall that I’ve been using Optics a lot. I got it at the introductory price…apparently the price has gone up substantially. The Yakima Train was done in Optics. The shadow was done in Affinity Photo.
Hmm. I did look at Boris FX Optics when Terry talked about it and I thought it was too oriented towards adding wham-zap special effects that I didn’t create. Now that I’m not competing anymore, and learned how to use some special effects in Charlie Ginsburg’s composite class, I may be interested. Reading the PetaPixel article also makes it sound worth trying:
Looking at the system requirements for the 2022 version, they do support Mojave OS, so that’s good for my Mac Mini. Says it’s resource-intensive and probably okay for the desktop. I’m interested. I may wait until the 2023 permanent version is available to get a full year support and updates, taking a chance that they will still support Mojave.
A shadow in the Yakima train window is among the ideas I had in mind when I posted it, now thinking maybe a knife-wielding shadow, so thanks very much for the sample. I added the shadow in my Rex Hotel image using PS CS6 , and will move to actually using Affinity Photo more in good time.
Thanks for another look at Optics. It could be a lot of fun. And useful.
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