Post Process Madness!

Alright, so on Monday I have a shoot with one of my best friends and her fiance.  She wants to get some shots for their Save the Date cards. She already has an idea in mind, so we'll give that a shot as well as whatever else we come up with.  Her idea was to have 3 panels on the card.  The first panel would be a black and white shot with selective coloring; her fiance will be painting her hair yellow.  The second panel will be selective coloring as well, with her painting her fiance's tie green.  The third panel will be full color with wording that says something along the lines of:  "Now we are complete".

I know how much "normal" photographers hate selective coloring, but this is my friends wedding and I'm going with the thought of, "She can have whatever she wants" as a result... and in this case, with the sequence, I think the idea of selective coloring goes well.  Sure, it might be cheesy... but it's a wedding Save the Date card... they're always cheesy... she just wants her cheese to be a little more unique (to her standards) ^_^

Now there's a catch to this...

While she was describing this to me she mentioned a certain look to everything... she had me image google "A Scanner Darkly".

Oh great.

I believe the words "You're killing me woman" may have escaped my mouth XD

So, after declaring that I was by no means, a photoshop wizard, I set off to find out what the *HELL* that affect is and how it's done.

Turns out it can be done 1 of 2 ways...

1.  Vector Art. - The problem with this is that I don't have a graphics tablet so drawing *anything* accurately would be difficult... not to mention... holy work load!  Seems like something fun to try later on... but... that's just not going to happen right now.

2.  "A Scanner Darkly" Photoshop Filter Plug-in - The problem with this is that... well... I don't have Photoshop.  XD  I'm running GIMP at the moment, and from what I can tell... there is no plug-in equivalent to that for GIMP.

So while I was bored yesterday, I decided to attempt to try and create an effect as close to the "Scanner Darkly" effect as possible.

I posturized, sharpened, blurred, applied an oily filter, layers and masks... layers and masks...

Took a while, but this is what I came up with:


Self Portrait
A Scanner Darkly Effect


So what'da'ya think?  Close?  Nah, probably not... it's not cartoony enough... but... who knows.  I'll show her and if she digs it, great... if not... I suppose I'll just have to hand the files over and let her roomie do it for them.