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Posted on 15/07/14 00:29:28 AM
srawland
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How to turn people (or anything else) into plastic
Pick an image that doesn't have very much black in it or if it does, it can be easily selected and separately adjusted. Black just doesn't work in this technique.

Cutout your image and create a duplicate layer Don't work on the original in case you need to go back and start over again.

Desaturate the duplicate layer and, unless it doesn't have much contrast to begin with, lower the contrast by opening up the Shadows/Highlights dialog box and setting both values to 100%. Everything should be various shades of grey with nothing being less than approximately 15% grey or more than approximately 85% grey. If there are large areas that are either whiter or blacker than this then adjust the contrast again.

Add a slight amount of Gaussian blur. On one of my statues I used only 0.7 pixels of blur on another one I had to use 2.6 pixels. You only want to slightly blur the details.

Duplicate this layer twice and one of the duplicates run the Chrome filter (found under Sketch) Make sure the Chrome layer is on top and then hide it.

Hide the other duplicated layer. You won't need it unless you don't like the results.

Lock the transparency of the original, desaturated, and de-contrasted layer and paint it with a color of your choosing. (I found that colors that were either very light or very dark didn't work well.) Use one of the modes such as Overlay, Screen, Soft Light, Hard Light, or Color. See what you like the best.

Apply the Plastic Wrap filter to the colorized layer. Make sure the Smoothness is very high. You want to make it look like your image is plastic, not wrapped in it.

Finally, go back to the Chrome layer and show it. Reduce the opacity until the image looks like translucent acrylic plastic. On my images one was a low as 12% and one was as high as 31%.

If the image looks like it has too much detail go back to the duplicated layer. Duplicate it and hide the duplicate, just in case.

On one of the layers add a tiny bit more Gaussian blur and repeat the steps again.


-Sara






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Posted on 15/07/14 9:05:58 PM
Paul 2007 thru 2010
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Re: How to turn people (or anything else) into plastic
A couple of examples would be helpful so people can judge the quality of the result without having to try it.

It may be a very good process but no one knows.



Posted on 16/07/14 11:16:08 AM
Steve Caplin
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Re: How to turn people (or anything else) into plastic
I agree - show us what it looks like!

Posted on 28/07/14 06:57:17 AM
scplay
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Re: How to turn people (or anything else) into plastic
Would you plz upload a img to show how it looks?

Posted on 29/07/14 10:52:46 PM
Paul 2007 thru 2010
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Re: How to turn people (or anything else) into plastic
I got bored one night and tried it.

It really does need an example to see what to expect. Mine looked rubbish but was that just me doing something wrong?

Maybe we'll just never know as the OP seems to have left.

Posted on 18/01/19 12:33:42 PM
Frank
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Re: How to turn people (or anything else) into plastic
Sara,
Here's my try before and after . Suggest turning the plastic wrap layer into a Smart Filter so it can be modified later if need be. Tried a couple of objects and seems to work better with smoother objects or apply more gaussian blur. Again Smart filters may be in order here.
Frank



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