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xli_ne
Apr 20, 2006, 03:35 PM
I've got some pictures of my hometown's downtown area and wanted play around and give them a look similar to "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" Found one picture from the movie that might help. I'm using photoshop and wasn't sure what filters to use to create the look. Any advice would be helpful.

http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/movie/sky_captain/03.jpg



dornoforpyros
Apr 20, 2006, 03:44 PM
millions of $ worth of CGI work? :p

ok, that was not helpful. I dunno, it's hard to say exactly without seeing the photos your working from but I'd probably up the contrast, make some selections onto new layers (ie cut buildings & cars and such and give them their own layers) then I'd play around with gausian blur filter and put some white outer glow on some of the objects

mark_wilkins
Apr 20, 2006, 03:55 PM
1) Desaturate.

2) Up the contrast.

3) Add glow.

4) Add more searchlights!

(A friend of mine who was a compositor on Sky Captain said that "add more searchlights" became a running joke with the director, because he took the position that more searchlights would always be better.)

Also note that some of the darker areas seem to bleed a bit into the brighter areas, which used to happen a lot in printing negative film before anti-halation coatings became common. You can get that effect by inverting the image, converting to Lab color, applying a glow effect in luminosity, converting back to RGB, and then re-inverting.

-- Mark

Blue Velvet
Apr 20, 2006, 04:05 PM
Here's my quick hack.

1. Desaturate by -40 or so
2. Then Gaussian Blur by 10-30 pixel radius (depending on resolution)
3. Then Edit>Fade Gaussian Blur: Choose Overlay.
4. Adjust Levels or Curves to get the Noir contrasty look
5. Desaturate again.
6. Gaussian Blur by 1-3 pixel radius
7. Then Edit>Fade Gaussian Blur: Choose Normal and fade to about 50% to soften...
8. And yes, add spotlights. :D

Before and after on a random Googled image of St. Pauls, London. Took a minute or two...


http://allanmatthews.8m.com/london/stpauls/stpaul02.jpg

Blue Velvet
Apr 20, 2006, 06:55 PM
I'm bored and can't sleep. Here's another of Trafalgar Square... I did the same steps as before but also overlaid a solid dark blue adjustment layer in Overlay (blend mode) after all those steps to cool the hues...

If I was going to do it properly then I'd mask off certain areas and do them separately on different layers as someone suggested earlier and also add a number of glow layers as well. But this is a quick and easy way to get started.

http://www.hotels-of-london.org/imgallery/trafalgar_square/Trafalgar-Square.jpg

xli_ne
Apr 20, 2006, 08:49 PM
blue velvet, this one is just what i was looking for. very nice.

killuminati
Apr 20, 2006, 09:04 PM
Blue Velvet that's awesome! I just tried it out on a bunch of photos and it looks really cool.

andiwm2003
Apr 20, 2006, 09:12 PM
blue velvet, if that's the "quick hack" what does the real thing look like? it's just great!

dornoforpyros
Apr 20, 2006, 09:29 PM
4) Add more searchlights!

(A friend of mine who was a compositor on Sky Captain said that "add more searchlights" became a running joke with the director, because he took the position that more searchlights would always be better.)

-- Mark

I gotta have more cowbell! :p

anyways here's my quick & sloppy attempt

mikemodena
Apr 20, 2006, 10:08 PM
Here's my attempt.. original and shopped

dornoforpyros
Apr 20, 2006, 11:03 PM
this was a fun little challange :)

Kingsly
Apr 21, 2006, 12:42 AM
While we're on the subject: I heard that the glowy look of sky captain was due to the extreme amount of keying that was required, and the glow helped cover up the inevitable problems encountered during a chroma key process.
I don'[t know. Can anyone confirm?

chaosbunny
Apr 21, 2006, 05:27 AM
That was funny.:)

Just did this in about 15-20 minutes, added some invading blue monsters.

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xli_ne
Apr 21, 2006, 07:46 AM
Here's my attempt.. original and shopped


also very nice. I need to get my pictures scanned and see what I can do.

gauchogolfer
Apr 21, 2006, 07:50 AM
That was funny.:)

Just did this in about 15-20 minutes, added some invading blue monsters.

45513

Nice blue monsters :)
How did you add in the spotlights?
I like the underlying image in your image, btw.

chaosbunny
Apr 21, 2006, 08:03 AM
Thank you!:)

Spotlights: I created the triangular forms with the path tool and then converted the paths to a selection (in the path menu, make selection comand) with a smooth border. Filled it with white on a seperate layer and duplicated the layer. On the top layer I applied the filter "minimize" or "maximize" (don't know exactly how it is called in english because I use german photoshop). It should be under "other filters" or something like that. Anyway it makes the white areas smaller. I set transparency to about 50% on the other layer and merged the two. A little erasing here and there with the rubber tool and it was done.

xli_ne
Apr 21, 2006, 08:12 AM
Here is mine with a pic off of google

gauchogolfer
Apr 21, 2006, 08:23 AM
Here is mine with a pic off of google

Looks good, but where are the blue monsters? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

xli_ne
Apr 21, 2006, 08:45 AM
Looks good, but where are the blue monsters? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

not blue but scary as hell:D

gauchogolfer
Apr 21, 2006, 08:59 AM
not blue but scary as hell:D

You're almost there, you just need to add some spotlights shining on DK and you'll be all set :)

Macaddicttt
Apr 21, 2006, 01:16 PM
Here's my attempt. It turned out better than I expected.

yellow
Apr 21, 2006, 01:33 PM
Here's my quick hack.

1. Desaturate by -40 or so
2. Then Gaussian Blur by 10-30 pixel radius (depending on resolution)
3. Then Edit>Fade Gaussian Blur: Choose Overlay.
4. Adjust Levels or Curves to get the Noir contrasty look
5. Desaturate again.
6. Gaussian Blur by 1-3 pixel radius
7. Then Edit>Fade Gaussian Blur: Choose Normal and fade to about 50% to soften...
8. And yes, add spotlights. :D

Well, nice jorb, BV! Even sans spotlights it looks nifty!

xli_ne
Apr 21, 2006, 03:58 PM
another cause I was bored at work.

yellow
Apr 21, 2006, 04:36 PM
Is that Chicago? It looks like Chicago.

I'm also bored at work. Clearly. :)

For the life of me I cannot figiure out how to make decent spotlights. I tried following chaosbunny's directions, but I think perhaps he/she is using a post-PS 7.0.x version, as the path tool only allows me to draw boxes for some reason.

Anyone got any tips (for a retard)?

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/404/beefy2eu.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Hmm Too much red..

chaosbunny
Apr 21, 2006, 05:20 PM
Is that Chicago? It looks like Chicago.

I'm also bored at work. Clearly. :)

For the life of me I cannot figiure out how to make decent spotlights. I tried following chaosbunny's directions, but I think perhaps he/she is using a post-PS 7.0.x version, as the path tool only allows me to draw boxes for some reason.

Anyone got any tips (for a retard)?

Hey, looks nice when applied to World of Warcraft!:)
I've got a lvl 60 druid myself. Have to try this with some of my screenshots too.

Concerning the spotlights maybe I did not give the correct name of the tool in english, I'm using the german version like I wrote. But I'm pretty sure it is called path tool in english and this should work with version 7 too. It is the one with the red arrow. Or alternatively use the one with the blue arrow in the screenshot.

Hope this helps.

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Blue Velvet
Apr 22, 2006, 05:38 AM
Well, nice jorb, BV! Even sans spotlights it looks nifty!


Without the desaturation and some of the other steps, it's an old instant 'retouch' trick to smooth faces out and give them a 'glow' if time is of the essence and you need something done within seconds. You've got to watch blowing out the highlights and filling in the dark areas though, which usually means an intermediate tonal compression stage.

Here's a slightly heavy-handed example picked from a random Google image.

timmillwood
Apr 22, 2006, 06:06 AM
I gotta have more cowbell! :p

anyways here's my quick & sloppy attempt

looks like 24

chaosbunny
Apr 22, 2006, 06:31 AM
Here is my quick WoW retouch. The bad guys are really after me in this one!:D

Thanks for the inspiration!

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killuminati
Apr 22, 2006, 01:31 PM
Does anybody know how to get this effect using FCP? I tried fooling around a bit but wasn't able to do it.

yellow
Apr 24, 2006, 08:24 AM
Hope this helps.

AH.. thanks CB!

On my PS 7.01, the one with the red arrow is called the "pen tool" and the one with the blue arrowis called the "polygonal lasso tool".

I will give it a shot and update as I can.

Mr. Anderson
Apr 24, 2006, 08:45 AM
One thing everyone seems to be forgetting is the background on those images (specifically the ones of cities). There is a haze that fades the background, so even if you have a single row of buildings, get a skyline and haze it into the back ground :D

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