This week’s Re-Edit is cosplayed by Bendy Benz Costuming, cosplaying as Bombshell Jesse Quick.
Jesse Chambers is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Chambers, who first used the superhero name Jesse Quick and later Liberty Belle, is the daughter of Golden Age heroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle. She inherited both of her parents’ powers.
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.
I rotated the image to make the cosplayer upright which caused blank areas to appear. But I knew once I transferred the photo into Photoshop, I would select the area which is blank and used the feature “Content-Aware Fill” which I made further changes to the area to make it look more natural.
With the rotation, it also exposed more of the roller-skates on the front foot but the wheels and stopper but the Content-Aware Fill didn’t quite fill in correctly. Using the clone stamp from the other roller-skates and fill in the missing gaps of the front roller-skates.
Parts of the background I made a selection and desaturate that part of the photo to not take away too much of the attention away from the cosplayer.
Around the stomach area, there is a crease in the bend so using the Patch Tool, to make it look smooth to look at.
The next step was to make the photos sharper as the cosplayer was moving and at the time, my settings was not correct at the time. So using various techniques such as “High Pass” filter to increase the sharpness. I made this into a masking layer and painted in the areas which needed to look more sharper to the rest of the photo.
My last step was to apply the skin smoothening and contouring techniques to both face and collar area of the cosplayer.
COMPARING THE TWO PHOTOS
I really love how much I have improved over this photo. The photo still looks a bit unfocused but a lot more sharper compared to the 2017 version.
Making the photo more upright instead of “leaning” is a vast improvement, as it doesn’t make the cosplayer look like she’s falling over in the photo.
The colour and brightness seems so much more compared to the 2017 version with its dark vignette border I used to put on photos.