October 23rd, 2008

Exercise 5 – Image manipulation

In times of Photoshop you can never be sure whether a picture really reflects reality or is just a well-done fake. And then there are real pictures you would never believe aren’t manipulated. 

This post also looks 10 years into the future and tries to guess how I might look then.

Task 1: Can Pictures Lie?

In times of Photoshop you can never be sure whether a picture really reflects reality or is just a well-done fake. In fact, most of the pictures you see in the media are somewhat manipulated (even if it’s just about increasing contrast, retouching, etc.). 

To illustrate that fact, let us take a look at two examples:

What do you think about these? You may think they both are ’shopped’, but actually the second one is real. There is an interesting article about that on cracked.com. It’s all about trusting the source – common sense alone may not help you.

Task 2: Me In 10 Years

So I experimented a little bit in photoshop following a tutorial from PSD-Tutorials.de and got a pretty good result.

You start with a picture of yourself. Then copy in a picture of a person with wrinkles and lay in on top with the mode Soft Light. I took a picture of Dieter Bohlen and placed it right on top of mine:

For the gray hair, I created a new Adjustment Layer via Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Levels… Finally, a few minor tweaks like creating darker spots below the eyes with the Dogde Tool or adjusting the Hue/Saturation (Menu Image -> Adjustments) of the whole image.

Here is the result. By the way: The current picture is the one on the left :-P

I seriously hope I don’t look like that in 10 years. Well, it’s not so much the gray hair that scares me – it’s the Windows logo ;-). Parce que cela devrait resembler à l’enfer.



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