November Ghost

by Scott Chitwood • Sunday November 23rd, 2008
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Fractal Flames

Twisting in autumnal winds, spirits of the earth and wood toss about, bringing colour and mystery to the lost hours between midnight and early dawn. Those of us who happen to catch a glimspe of their dance find our own wanderlust awakened, with visions of strange and unknown places haunting our dreams.

November Ghost

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Rendered in Oxidizer 0.5.6. Post processed in Photoshop CS as described below.

Some of the common techiques I use for post processing my Oxidizer renders are colour shifting and layer blending; these, more than anything help achieve the contrast and colour values that I personally find atractive. For this composition I went a few steps further, and doing so really helped me get to the next level. Give these filters a shot sometime, you might find them useful.

  1. Copy the layer you want to work with.
  2. Apply filter: Stylize → Diffuse… → Anisotropic.
  3. Copy the new layer.
  4. Apply filter: Other → High Pass… → Setting 1.0.
  5. Blend ‘High Pass…’ layer over ‘Diffuse…’ layer using ‘Overlay’ mode.

What happens here is ‘Diffuse…’ creates a cleaner, more simplified copy of your art by applying a glow effect; this can help an overly busy noisy image, but it does so by sacrificing some sharpness. Rather than adding sharpness back in via any of the sharpening filters we’ll use ‘High Pass…’ and layer blending to do the job. But why? ‘High Pass…’, used sparingly (in my experience) doesn’t add extra noise to the composition; it is less destructive than traditional sharpening methods.

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