Friday, October 11, 2013

Self Portraits and a Tutorial


Like a lot of people I hate having my photo taken, so selfies are a good way to control the outcome. Lots of blur and grunge and I’m happy.

The two photos below were apped to the nth degree using various photo editing apps and I thought I’d do a little run through of how I arrived at the end result of the photo with the birds. It’s not exactly like the bird pic below but it gives you an idea of the steps I took with some screen shots.


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I started by taking the original photo into BlurFX and blurred everything but my eyes. Now since ios7 BlurFX keeps crashing on my ipad, but luckily I was able to save this pic before it closed down, I'm guessing they are aware of the problem and are working on a fix.


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Then I took this into Scratchcam and just kept hitting the random button until I saw something I liked.


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Into Snapseed to convert to Black and White.


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Then into Repix, one of my favourite apps. I used  Hollywood to lightly smudge my eye area and arrived at the blue/yellow slightly jaundiced look.  


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Then I chose Hatching to smudge around the edges of the pic and through the middle where the black area is.


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Raven was the next one I chose. Just lightly moved my stylus from the corner of my eye and outwards.


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So it didnt look like birds were flying right out of my eye, I used Undoer and smudged out a few birds.


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I tried out all the different filters but in the end decided not to used any. Repix is a fabulous app, although some of the “brushes” are a bit sparkly for my taste.


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