The Golden Key: Finding THE sad boy (and editing him)

I began to work with the images I took of my cousin. I fiddled with all of them in some way to figure out which would be the best to work with for a final:

sadboy1 Tried using the puppet warp to make his head look down for one of the images. Decided against doing this, it didn’t work, bad idea.

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^ In some images the lighting just wasn’t good.

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^ I can’t imagine myself working with this viewpoint (it reminds me too much of my minimalist poster)

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^ Couldn’t see this working either, I even tried taking it into Illustrator to turn it into a vector, just to see how it would look:

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^ Not promising

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^Back to photoshop, still not promising

I settled with this one and tried and prayed for something to work out:

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Hit something interesting when I started experimenting with the magic wand tool and paths:

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However the image was pixellated:

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^ I tried doing various (random?) things to try and get rid of the pixellated look (like putting a stroke on a path). But that ended up in an ‘uneven’ look. Not sure how that makes me feel. I didn’t like it because it gave off pixelated or a microsoft paint look.

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feathering and blurring felt like they would smoothen the edges, which they did by blurring

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I didn’t want it looking blurred > because then it went back to looking pixelated!

I ended up making the edges smoother by using the refine edge tool and masking the areas that got selected.

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^ Cleaned up the extra bits ^

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^ tried simplifying the hair (without making it stop looking like hair)

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^ This looks COOL. screenshot because it looked cool.

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^ Made the lines thicker because I realised that they would print out very thin on a large scale.

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