Deep

Deep 2

For today’s post, I did a bit more styling than in my last posts. Mesh is making us lazy as it is not as easy to layer up though some great pieces like this Celoe corset are perfect to wear aswell as a very sexy single top or with a blouse under it for a wiser effect.

Deep

One of my fun with pictures is to enhance them and to play with photoshop to add depth. Strawberry Singh is inviting us to share some of our secrets in one of her last articles. I have learned taking pictures and editing them mainly through tutorials made by others bloggers. I can hardly give any secrets as I actualy don’t have any but trusting my own eye.

Deep  After Before

So here are some of the things i do with my pictures:

1. Use good windlight settings. It is easier to edit a picture which is already good than make something pretty with an ugly lighting. You can download the new WL setting I have used for these pictures. It is a bit pinkish.
2. Use a pose which works fine with the outfit, complements it, ads expressivity.
3. Basics things like high resolution png files are always a good start as the simple fact of reducing the picture later removes a lot of imperfections. I also use anti-aliasing as high as i can without crashing. Some don’t bother about that, I do as I don’t blur the pictures most of the time. It irks me when I see the jagged edges while working on photoshop.
4. Next step is to clean the picture using a photo edition application: remove the black lines, liquify the bad angles, smudge, clone stamp the holes.
5. I enhance the shadows from Second Life with dodge and burn. I basicly emphasize the light and dark parts.
6. I am playing with the colors: curves, vibrance, contrast, saturation. While doing that, try to preserve the details.
7. I add a layer an overlayed gray layer with a default render light filter. I play with the intensity so it adds to the shadows, giving even more depth.
8. Each picture is different. I have some settings I can apply directly with some windlight settings but it is not a guarantee it is going to look nice as each color reacts differently. Each pictures receives a different treatment, with different values.
9. Crop, searching for better framing. Rule of thirds is your friend.

As a conclusion, it is only through practice that you can learn. Nothing replaces your eye for what is good or not. You may learn technical tricks but your pictures will only be valuable if you develop your own style and your own edition settings through time, adding a personnal touch. Try new things, play. Sometimes the result is not what you would like but maybe next time, you will be able to fine tune the settings to get the right colors, the right lighting. Practice, practice, practice !

Credits:

Skin: *League* Jen Medium Feline
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Hair: ::Exile:: In The Meantime:Fawn
Eyelashes: Slink Mesh Lashes
Shirt: Izzie’s – Bow Tie Blouse white
Corset: [celoe.clara.corset.deep.M]
Skirt: [celoe.nikka.snow.snow.S]
Tighs: Shiny Things Solid thigh-highs – teal
Earrings: Paper Couture P.C; Tulle Wrapped Earring
Bangles: Zaara : Pallav clear bracelets
Ring: Zaara : Raga oyster ring *pearl*
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_RosyManicure
Shoes: [LeLutka]-REN/Pearl
Hat: LaGyo_Bow hat baja blue
Poses: (pda)

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Oldies but Goodies Challenge

Hello,

i’ve read on Luna Jubilee’s blog a Oldies but Goodies challenge had been initiated on plurk by Alysha Rennahan. Well, though i’ve got an account, i am never going on plurk but who cares? i’ve still decided to take part as this is such a great idea to give us the occasion to show our old outfits. The look i am presenting to you is one i used to wear almost exactly 3 years ago. I even have a snapshot taken on the 30th of September 2007 to proove it!

I’ll start with the after pictures… i don’t want you to start fleeing in horror immediately.

Oldies but Goodies Portrait

Oldies but Goodies

Before:

Credits:
Skin: Celestial Studio (CS) Vogue Skin – Cashmere (Burgundy – Smoky) Freckled
Hair: Gurl 6 Hair September2 med – Elektra from Gurlywood
Dress: Pixel Dolls (PD) Matilin Shirt Dress Burgundy
Boots: (Shiny Things) Old Boots – hard black
Necklace and Earrings: ~Muse~ Elle Orchid (ivory) (no longer available)
Poses: Long Awkward Pose
Bye bye Tana

Yesterday

Hi,

today is saterday, which means yesterday was friday… day of the special bargains groups in SL, sometimes disapointing in quality and you end up having done the tour of shops without buying anything, cause there is a limit to the number of socks and panties a girl needs in her closet. I almost had given up on those groups to tell the truth. But yesterday was not the case. Maybe the “war” between those special groups is a good thing for cutomers after all. Let’s see in the following weeks…

The top from So Many Styles seems to be a simplified upper version of their new dress. I like particularly like the texture on the sculpts which feels so light.

Emma Cuba 2

Emma Cuba

Credits:
Skin: -=UZURI=- Ramla – Nude – Natural (Hair)
Shape: ** Dunes ** Emma Shape (coming soon)
Hair: >TRUTH< Chalice – espresso
Eyes: :: Exodi ::Zbilja v2.0 – Deep (Cherrywood)(Sm/V)
Top: So Many Styles {SMS} Antique Top Plum fro 50L Friday
Skirt: [LeeZu!] O`LaLa
Necklace: [[MANDALA] KAGETORA necklace/pale white/ shadow/chest for Rocking Friday
Shoes: (Shiny Things) Jane Wedges – White
Poses: Torridwear

Bye bye,
Tana

Please Meet Sabrina

New shape out at ** Dunes ** today!

Please, meet Sabrina, a petite very sexy woman, 1m65 for the original shape, with large hips, a nice breast though not oversized, and long mysterious eyes. As she is very petite, i’ve added a second shape, taller, 1m84. The shape featured on the pictures is the petite one.

The shape, mod, copy, no transfer, is available aswell in world at the mainstore as on Xstreet. But for a free demo, please visit the mainstore.

Credits:
Skin: [LeLutka]- -LOLA_skissed-makeup3(L Brows)hairbase
Lipstick: [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Pure Gloss
Shape: ** Dunes ** Sabrina Shape
Eyes: [LeLutka]- -Reflections-Glory-Eyes
Hair: Analog Dog – dive espresso
Dress: .:A&M:. Polka Dots – Mini Dress – Turquoise
Boots: (Shiny Things) Ginger Boots – camel
Jewels: MIEL Lun set
Pose: Diesel Works

Bye bye,

Tana