This week’s Re-Edit is cosplayed by LieChee Cosplay, cosplaying as Tinkerbell.
In Walt Disney’s 1953 film version of Peter Pan, the character is blonde, wears a green dress, white slippers, and yellow panties. She is animated and has no dialogue. As in the original play, Peter verbally interprets her communications for the sake of the audience, and bell noises are used when she makes gestures.
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 then rotated the image so the cosplayer is sitting horizontally straight, this created blank spaces in the corners of the photo which I can fill in using “Content Aware Fill” in Photoshop, which afterwards, use patch tools and clone stamps to correct any mistakes I could spot.
The grass area in the original RAW showed patches of white dead grass which I wanted to change. I took a selection of the grass area and made it into a new layer. From there using the same technique I would do for changing someone’s eye colour, I de-saturated the layer and then put the colour back in, to match the grass colour in sitting next to the cosplayer.
While I was working on the grass on the ground, I wanted to bring the grass to cover the concrete paving. I started with the Clone Stamp as well as the Patch Tool to cover up the concrete area. Towards the edge, I lightly erased to give that faded look. Underneath the trail of the costume, I added in shadow effect by brushing in black tones underneath the trail.
Next I took a selection of the iris of the eye, created a new layer and then changed the eye colour of the character to match the eye colour of the character described on various web pages.
Following that, I added a Gradient Filter, across the top left corner of the photo with a blue hue, to give an illusion of a light source and also add a bit more depth to the photo so that the whole photo isn’t too green.
My last step was to apply the skin smoothening and contouring techniques I do in Photoshop.
COMPARING THE TWO PHOTOS
I just love how the photo turned out with the new skills I have learned over the years and recently learned for these re-edit projects. Like previous re-edited photos, the photo looks much brighter compared to the original photo.
Making the photo more horizontal level makes the photo looks better, that she is comfortable sitting there instead of sliding backward. Filling in the content from rotating the photo was a lot easier then I thought.
I feel the colour balance is better in the updated version compared to the 2017 edited photo with the hints of blues and greens in the photo. Also, the photo looks softer to view whereas the 2017 photo there are dark areas that make the photo seem quite contrasty.
Don’t forget to take a closer look at the two photos above.