Photoshop revisit

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:

troll encounter

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.

troll encountered2

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:

troll encounter3

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…

3 thoughts on “Photoshop revisit

  1. Embeecee

    I’d say both your efforts are good. And you can add some color to the cloak when you get the energy for it. I love my Photoshop, but as I was retouching something yesterday, I thought “Geez this is so FIDDLY (i.e. work intensive).” I’ll continue to use it and play around, just like you. And I’ll be looking forward to your next showing of Skyrim…the Photoshop Willow version” 😉

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