Monday, June 28, 2010
The biggest “out of the ordinary” thing that was done to today’s image involves the absolute final step in the processing. It was putting the vignette on the image that became a bit of a struggle. The lower right corner of the image was bright. I mean bright bright. The brightest part of the entire image. Typically putting a vignette around an image darkens the corners and holds the viewer into the subject of the image. That worked on three of the four corners, but did almost nothing for that darn lower right corner. The vignette is on its own Layer, so it is controllable. I added a second vignette Layer (CTRL J) and a third, a fourth, a fifth and finally a sixth. That’s a lot of vignette in anybody’s book. By the time I got to the sixth Layer the offending corner was tamed. The rest of the corners were totally gone, with no detail for the last three iterations. In order to balance the vignette I Merged vignettes two through six and added a Black Layer Mask (ALT + New Layer Mask icon). The only thing left was to get a big, soft white brush and make a quick, broad swipe across the corner. It balanced the corner fairly well. It’s still bright, but not offensively bright. All that concentration on a corner where I was trying to reduce the viewer’s attention. Sometimes it’s not the main subject that needs the work.