This week’s Re-Edit is cosplayed by Meeversdesu, cosplaying as Wasp aka Janet Van Dyne from the Ant-Man and the Wasp franchise.
Janet van Dyne debuted in Tales to Astonish #44 as Henry “Hank” Pym’s partner, becoming the Wasp to avenge the death of her father, scientist Vernon van Dyne. She was a founding member of the Avengers, appearing in the first issue and giving the team its name. It is with the Avengers that Janet became most well known. At first, she was the weak link of the team, but later on, became one of the smartest and craftiest of its members. Though she takes leaves of absence throughout the series, she is one of the longest active members and has acted as leader of the team for longer than anybody besides Captain America.
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.
There weren’t many things I wanted to alter too much but I wanted to add more wings.
To achieve this, I took a selection of the cosplayer first and created a new layer. I did this so that when I added more wings, I can layer the wings beneath the layer I just created and no worry about merging all the pieces.
Next, I took a selection of the wing into another new layer and using a combination of the Patch tool and Spot healing tool to repair any areas to make and create a complete wing. I then duplicated that wing two more times and arrange them around the cosplayer. I did add a bit of Gaussian Blur to the edges of the wing just to soften the looks of the additional wings.
My last step was to apply the skin smoothening and contouring techniques I do in Photoshop.
COMPARING THE TWO PHOTOS
I like the improved 2021 photo with the usual additional steps I’ve been adding to my photos since 2019 such as the skin smoothening. But trying to push my skills, I can see that trying to add additional objects I need to work at it. The perspective of the wings, I can see needs alternating to make look more in line with the image and not just a flat placement in the photo. Something to work on.
Don’t forget to use the slider below to compare the two photos but also you view them individually above.