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29 July 2010 @ 12:00 am
MANIP MAKEOVER Royal engagement  
Royal engagement (Merlin detail) makeover by chewableprose and nicci_macRoyal engagement (Arthur detail) makeover by chewableprose and nicci_macTitle | Royal engagement: Touched up
Author | chewableprose and nicci_mac 
Fandom | Merlin
Pairing | Merlin/Arthur
Rating |
Summary | Merlin and Arthur of Royal engagement receive the magic touch in Royal engagement: Touched up when fellow manip artist nicci_mac offers some tricks of the trade. And what a difference it makes, tweaking skin tone, facial sharpness, neck blending and hair definition, the difference is so pronounced, you’ll be wanting to reach out and ‘touch up’ the boys for yourself. Before and after shots under the cut.
Disclaimer | these are works of Photoshop manipulation, the authors of these works do not, in any way, profit from them and all creative rights to the characters belong to their original creator(s)

Notes | It feels like Christmas, seriously. I’m such a massive fan of nicci_mac’s manips, particularly her Merlin works. And feel so honoured for the time she took to give me feedback on my first Merlin manip, and — in my opinion — the feedback really turned the work around (or rather elevated it to a whole new level). See for yourself (at the top are gifs nicci_mac put together to demonstrate suggested changes, below them is a before and after: left is my original attempt and right is a quick mock up (that I think looks brilliant) nicci_mac did to demonstrate the overall potential the changes had for the manip). That she did all of this using the relatively low-res finished manip, just blows me away. Anyway, I put into practice all of nicci_mac’s suggestions to create Royal engagement: Touched up, which is at the bottom.

Royal engagement (Merlin detail) makeover by chewableprose and nicci_mac  Royal engagement (Arthur detail) makeover by chewableprose and nicci_mac

Royal engagement by chewableprose  Royal engagement by chewableprose and nicci_mac

Royal engagement: Touched up by chewableprose

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tomboytoy on August 11th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Your original manip was great but it's true that the details she modified made it look more realistic. But this is the kind of stuff you learn with time ;)
chewableprose on August 12th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Absolutely, I was so fortunate, Nicci is really talented, and so generous with her tips. But you're right, I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to manips, which makes me excited about the things I'm still to learn.
handsomeppants on November 19th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
UNF! Yup, this is what I am talking about. Absolutely delicious. I love it. And ditto on what tomboytoy said. You will learn in time. And you're already pretty damn good, so yeah. :D
chewableprose on November 19th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
It's so true, you do learn so much along the way, which is actually what makes it so fun.
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chewableprose on December 10th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Me too :)