So, back in February, I decided that I was gonna start messing around with my Skyrim screenshot in Photoshop, and torture y’all with the results. One of the first pictures I picked for this experiment was this one:
Because I thought the composition was interesting. I mean I just liked how it looked with my player character standing nose to nose with the frost troll, and, being new to Photoshop, I did what I could and came out with this… interesting… picture.
Okay it’s not horrible, but I knew nothing of curves or filters, and mostly just tried to make it more — contrasty… That’s totally not a word. But really all I did was make everything shiny. Very shiny. I was still learning.
So, it’s been a few months, and I’m totally still learning, but I wanted another crack at this picture, so I looked it up again and took a shot at it. Here’s what I came up with:
I added the snow because it was snowing in the original picture, but I took that snow out because it just looked like white blobs. And when I first tried to add contrast, I tried to make the back wall look “better” but in doing so made the front characters look way too shiny. Adding the snow back gives a reason for the blurry back wall. I also put the vignette in because I really hated the way the troll just comes out of the upper corner so abruptly. Plus, I’m weird, I like vignettes. I was gonna recolor the player character’s cape again… because for some reason it lost its color, but I ran out of energy. It looks way better in the first retouch. 🙂
So anyway, that’s a revisit to one of the first Skyrim pictures I tried to improve with Photoshop. I think I did a little better this time around. As I keep learning, I’ll figure out ways to make them look even better, but I probably won’t revisit this one again. I mean, it’s not all that interesting. It just struck me that I could… do something different than what I did before. And so I tried. Let me know what you think…