This week’s Re-Edit is cosplayed by Lulu-Nyan, cosplaying as Latex Supergirl.
Kara-Zor-El is the heroine known as Supergirl. Born on Krypton to Superman’s uncle and aunt, Kara was rocketed to Earth by her father to save her life. Supergirl was adopted by the Danvers and became the protector of National City. In her secret identity, she is Kara Danvers, a run-on-the-mill high-schooler. Possessing vast powers given by her Kryptonian physiology, Supergirl is one of the most powerful heroes in the world
2021 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 started working on the latex to give it, even more, shine and detail to the material. I did this by selecting around the latex outfit from the cosplayer and photo, create a new layer, and increase the clarity, highlight, and brightness on that layer.
While I am adding layers, I wanted to create a layer of the background and decided to desaturate parts of the photo so that the strong colours didn’t distract from the main focus from the cosplayer.
The next step was to use the “Dodge Tool” to add some illumination to the cosplayers eyes so that you can better see the colours in the eyes. Though I could see better the colours in the eyes, I felt I needed to take a further step to make the blues in her eyes more. I took the selection tool around the iris of both eyes, created a new layer. I then first desaturate the layer as it helps with the next step add colour back into the eyes to a shade of blue I was happy with.
I added a gradient filter to the top left corner of the photo to create a new light source and help highlight the cosplayer more.
Another task I did was to remove some of the creases in the latex specifically in the foot area with a combination of “Patch Tool” and “Heal Tool”. I didn’t take out all the creases as when I did, it didn’t look natural to me.
My last step was to apply the skin smoothening and contouring techniques I do in Photoshop.
COMPARING THE TWO PHOTOS
Comparing the two photos, I enjoy the look of the updated 2021 photos, with it being more upright and level, the latex looks shinier and has more details in the outfit.
The colours in the 2017 photo seem to be much stronger and visible between the two photos which I seem to like more. Not too sure my muting the colours in the background in the 2021 photo affected the colours on the cosplayer.
Check out the slider below to compare the two photos yourself as well the two individual photos above. Don’t forget to write a comment about when photos you prefer.