This week’s Re-Edit is cosplayed by Littleviviel, cosplaying as Lunafreya Nox Fleuret from the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV franchise.
Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, also known simply as Luna, is the main heroine in Final Fantasy XV and one of the two main characters in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. She has a major role in Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future-, which depicts an alternate ending to the saga.
A former princess of Tenebrae, she is a captive of the Niflheim Empire. Able to talk to the gods, Lunafreya is the youngest Oracle in history. Despite it being under Niflheim’s control, Tenebrae has some autonomy thanks to her. She is the younger sister of Ravus Nox Fleuret, and Prince Noctis’s betrothed. Lunafreya is the daughter of the Queen of Tenebrae, Sylva Via Fleuret. She has two dogs: the white Pryna and the black Umbra.
2020 EDIT PROCESS
I started with the basic changes I always do, by adjusting the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, HSL, and etc. Throughout this project of re-editing my older photos, I do not refer to the original edited photo so I can see if I would make the same steps or make alternative decisions.
Transferred the photo into Photoshop and began using the liquify tool to tidy up the shoulder part of the cosplay to make it look neater and more natural fitting to the body. I tried not to over-process the liquify making changes too artificial.
Looking up the character’s attributes, I saw that the chracater has light blues eyes, so creating a new layer of the iris, I desaturate the colours out and then put in the colour back in and to make it lighter increased the brightness into the iris. I also made sure the pubil was not affected by the changes and erased them out in the layer.
Next thing I wanted to do was remove the post on the left hand side of the photo. Using the “Content Aware Fill” tool to select the area first before applying the tool and then using the clone stamp tool to tidy any misrepresentation of how the Content Aware Fill processed the area.
My last step was to applied the skin smoothering and contouring techniques I do in Photoshop.
COMPARING THE TWO PHOTOS
Comparing the two photos, I am at odds if I have really made an improvement. The main issue for me is how the cosplayer was originally lit in person. I tried to overcome this by applying changes in the shadow settings and adjusting the highlight of the photo but in my eyes, the changes do not look natural enough.
Also, the photos are very “white” colour heavy which makes it hard to add depth to the photo without artificially adding colour which does not belong there.
I think what I have learnt from this edit is that, I need to make sure I get the basic fundementals of getting the photo right in camera first, get the lighting correct, angles right and get the posing correct so that my post editing can enhance the photo and not rely on post editing to get me out of the situation like this where I am unable to get the photo to a standard or look that I expect for myself.