This week’s Re-Edit is cosplayed by Elise Laurenne, cosplaying as Gwen Stacy Carnage.
Carnage belongs to a race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites known as Symbiotes, which form a symbiotic bond with their hosts and give them super-human abilities. Originating as an offspring of Venom, Carnage is much more powerful than his parent symbiote because of the symbiotes’ biology and is in many ways a darker version of him. Like Venom, Carnage has had multiple hosts over the years, but his most famous one remains his first, serial killer Cletus Kasady, whose sadistic personality perfectly matches that of the symbiote. Other hosts include Ben Reilly, Karl Malus, and Norman Osborn.
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.
Transferring the photo into Adobe Photoshop, I wanted to continue the background banner to get rid of the distracting colours and objects. I started with a selection of the area of the left-hand side of the photo and then used the feature Content-Aware fill to cover the area and to make the banner more seamless across the photo. I then tried to start adding the logos but as there are two logos and only one logo was clear, it was going to be hard to replicate. So instead I took them away. First, I made a selection of the cosplayer and create a new layer, as this helped me cover the logos with the patch tool and spot heal tool without damaging the cosplayer.
Looking at the background I wanted to add a little something, so looking up free spider web designs, I copied a web layer into the photo and using the masking feature to brush out any web which was covering the cosplayer, to make it look like the web was all behind her.
Next, I want to make the eyes all black which for the most part was almost completely covered but I wanted to finish off the look. All I did was take a sample of the black lens the cosplayer was wearing and brush in the areas which needed to be covered up.
My last step was to apply the skin smoothening and contouring techniques I do in Photoshop.
COMPARING THE TWO PHOTOS
Looking between the two photos, I found the 2021 photo has no real depth to it, just feels like a cosplayer has been cut out and dropped into a blank background. I thought adding a spider web would help but I don’t think it adds any more to the photo.
The colour also in the 2021 photo feels a bit flat, with that one continuous red throughout the suit. I wonder if I should have added layers of different reds, maybe also orange to the suit to give the photo a more alive look.
Though I have made these observations, these changes I made, I’m not that displeased with it, just knowing I can do more with the photo.
Don’t forget to use the slider below to compare the two photos but also you view them individually above.