An icon contest I watch (not zeppo_stillness or dawn_stillness I hasten to add!) frequently has entries which are so sharp you'd cut your eyeballs looking at them - and they invariably win - while there are really lovely icons there which are clear without being glaring. That's what I like about a graphic - something that's visibly clear but not too jarring. Yes, I use the sharpen filter, and I use the sharpen edges filter. I even use the little sharpen tool on eyes and lips (and hair) but I try my hardest not to overdo it. One of these days I'm going to make an overly sharpened icon and enter it into a contest just to see what the result would be.
(And the contest I was talking about is not one I tend to enter, I just watch it, so it's not me getting all petulant about losing out. *g*)
I am so far behind on my ficathon stories by the way! I will have something to post tomorrow - I swear it, I have my laptop in with me today, I'm leaving work early, I have the core stories in my head and scribbled on various pieces of paper, I just haven't got the main body of them done. The house is, however, remarkably tidy for me (as a result of the gas man having been yesterday) so I should be able to spend most of tonight just writing. And I will. The lures of Spider Solitaire and FreeCell be damned! *g*
This is the same base picture - each stage is built on the previous.
- base image, no effects added.
- Filter > Sharpen
- Edit > Fade Sharpen > 50%
- Filter > Sharpen Edges
- Edit > Fade Sharpen Edges > 50% (this is where I usually stop with any sharpening on image this clear in the first place.)
- Blur tool (@40%) on skin (I couldn't bring myself to really go for the 'porcelein skin effect')
- Sharpen tool (also at 40%, if I use it at all I never have it stronger than 20%...). And I kid you not - I have seen icons this over-sharp win awards.
Oh - and since I had the picture open anyway... coupla icons...
(couldn't resist the tiny text in there!)