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08/22/2006 10:25:19 AM · #26
Originally posted by edslone:

I have Paint Shop Pro 6, but I am using a trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X. I am hoping to upgrade to that one in a few months when I can but I want to try it out first. My soft focus is under "adjust" and not in the layers area so I am a little confused.

Send a PM to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/5112.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/5112.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ursula. She uses PSP and is a member of Site Council. Should be able to get some advice as to Basic Editing usage of the Soft Focus item you mention.
08/22/2006 10:26:58 AM · #27
I will try that. Thank you glad2badad.
08/22/2006 10:36:33 AM · #28
Originally posted by edslone:

I will try that. Thank you glad2badad.

You're welcome, but now I have a bone to pick with you! ;^) I use PSP X and never even thought about using a post-processing method to achieve a soft focus look.

I went the old-fashioned way using filters; you know, the kind attached to the lens. He-he. Now you've got me wondering...
08/22/2006 10:50:32 AM · #29
This is funny glad2badad. I never thought to use nylons or plastic. hehe. I will be trying that if I can't use the feature. I wrote and am waiting for an answer but I think it should be ok.
08/22/2006 10:56:57 AM · #30
I've used plastic and cellophane but I much prefer the results with a diffusion filter. Didn't think using blur in editing would give the same effect. So my entry is almost straight out of camera. I expect a 5.4... :)
08/22/2006 10:59:30 AM · #31
Originally posted by dahkota:

... I expect a 5.4... :)

Crud! That means a 5.35 for me. You always score higher. ;^)
08/22/2006 11:02:10 AM · #32
A 1/2 second exposure on a gently moving subject works nicely too :-)

R.
08/22/2006 12:44:57 PM · #33
Use of infrared naturally softens images and gives that diffuse glow, so I think its use in this challenge would be good. Also, shooting at high ISO with some overexposure might give a pleasing result for this challenge as well.
I'm also wondering if the Gothic Glow ps action is legal.
08/22/2006 12:50:36 PM · #34
Can photoshop difuse glow be used in this challenge?
08/22/2006 12:51:04 PM · #35
Originally posted by Olyuzi:


I'm also wondering if the Gothic Glow ps action is legal.


It isn't. It uses layers in other modes than Normal for one.
08/22/2006 12:54:30 PM · #36
Originally posted by NoellaSue:

Can photoshop difuse glow be used in this challenge?


Originally posted by basic rules:


However, no effects filters may be applied to your image, with the exception of Noise and Gaussian Blur, which are allowed.


I'd say no.
08/22/2006 12:57:14 PM · #37
Originally posted by edslone:

I have Paint Shop Pro 6, but I am using a trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X. I am hoping to upgrade to that one in a few months when I can but I want to try it out first. My soft focus is under "adjust" and not in the layers area so I am a little confused.


The soft focus filter in PSP is not legal in basic. It is not a direct equivalent of gaussian blur. Using it would lead to a DQ in a basic challenge.

Unfortunately, PSP (through 9, I haven't checked X) doesn't have a way to fade gaussian blur unless you use layers, and layers are not legal, so the method described elsewhere (gaussian blur at low percentage, faded immediately after) will not work for PSP users. Or if it does, I haven't found it.
08/22/2006 01:05:51 PM · #38
Thank you Ursula. You can throw out my email to you.

It's a good thing I found that out. I just got a new shot in this afternoon using celophane. Darn stuff works pretty good. Thanky you for the hint on that fotomann_forever.
08/22/2006 01:16:48 PM · #39
Originally posted by kirbic:


Remember, soft focus doesn't mean blurry. It means that objects have a soft, diffuse glow, but higher contrast detail remains visible. Very low contrast detail, like skin texture, appears less apparent.


I think that is a pretty limited view of soft focus. To me this sounds like a DQ or a reason to vote low if you use a diffusion filter, vasoline, a shoot through a foggy window.

Am I reading this right?
08/22/2006 01:32:33 PM · #40
Originally posted by ursula:

... so the method described elsewhere (gaussian blur at low percentage, faded immediately after) will not work for PSP users. Or if it does, I haven't found it.

Nope. Fade is not available in PSP - have to do it with layer work (opacity), which, as duly noted, is not legal in basic.
08/22/2006 01:42:53 PM · #41
I've got a question for the SC... isn't Classic Editing the same as Basic Editing now ?...seems to me, I see the winner of the first Soft Focus Challenge used PSP 8...and it's Soft Focus adjustment over the entire image...she admitted using it..not much..But..she used it..as I read over the rules..I see no difference between "Classic" and "Basic"..

Tom
08/22/2006 01:50:25 PM · #42
Buy a filter, screw onto lens, take photo

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08/22/2006 01:54:21 PM · #43
Originally posted by MikeOwens:

Buy a filter, screw onto lens, take photo

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Way too easy... LOL :-)
08/22/2006 01:57:16 PM · #44
Originally posted by MikeOwens:

Buy a filter, screw onto lens, take photo

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DNMC!!

:)
08/22/2006 01:57:50 PM · #45
Originally posted by tfarrell23:

I've got a question for the SC... isn't Classic Editing the same as Basic Editing now ?...seems to me, I see the winner of the first Soft Focus Challenge used PSP 8...and it's Soft Focus adjustment over the entire image...she admitted using it..not much..But..she used it..as I read over the rules..I see no difference between "Classic" and "Basic"..

Tom


You're right (about the first Soft Focus challenge). I don't have an answer at the moment, but I'm checking into it.
08/22/2006 01:58:54 PM · #46
Don't have filter. Can't screw it on if don't have.

I tried the celophane. It looks great in the lcd monitor but terrible on the computer. I am going to try vasaline. If that doesn't work then I'm going for rope and hang myself. hehe.
08/22/2006 02:00:52 PM · #47
Originally posted by edslone:

I am going to try vasaline. If that doesn't work then I'm going for rope and hang myself. hehe.


Good lord, you just described my love life :-( LOL
08/22/2006 02:03:40 PM · #48
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by edslone:

I am going to try vasaline. If that doesn't work then I'm going for rope and hang myself. hehe.


Good lord, you just described my love life :-( LOL


<spew> I am laughing so hard at this one!
08/22/2006 02:10:16 PM · #49
No Ed,

Get the rope and submit for the other challenge ;) anyway they are exclusive.
08/22/2006 02:10:21 PM · #50
hehe. I think I found the comic in the crowd.
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