When I showed my bestie the poster, he told me how I can improve my facial expressions. I replied that if I could vary up my expressions on demand, I would have gone on to become an actor or a politician keke.
However, this photo was really about my darling’s sweet(est) expression. The photo was casually taken after her vaccination and her sleepiness felt like it belonged in a post apocalyptic setting.
Made the following fairly simple manipulations:
- A photo with depth of view makes editing easy as one can omit details in the blur background
- Change the sky colour from blue to red or yellow
- Warm up the photo with a translucent brown mask layer
- Apply a mask with black translucent clouds for a touch of haziness. This adds an element of chaos and blurs the background further
- Apply the mentioned cloud/haze mask once over both the blur background and the subject matter in the foreground, and a second time only over the background
- Notice how the crack on the windscreen, rust and dents on the cars that I added aren’t visible after the edits above. Therefore, the effects above more than suffice without the detailing
Photoshopping a decent post apocalyptic world would take an afternoon the most.
The other elements of the movie poster took up another afternoon.
Deciding my baby girl’s Teochew name
As a personal revelation, the best way to arrive at a Teochew name is to ask your elders what common Teochew names they remember, be they the names of their relatives or friends. To understand this point better, we can ask ourselves what common Mandarin names there are. To list some of them: 俊伟 (Jun…