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Oct 04, 2012

Phlearn Photo Battle: Books vs. Blending In

Fantasy vs. Reality

There are many different things you can do with Photoshop, so much so that many people often wonder into the world of fantasy never to be heard from again. Today we will have a photo battle of two images, one based more in reality, and the other in fantasy.

What do you think wins out? Are you a fan of images where everything could possibly take place? Do you like images that have little base in reality?

Story vs. Effect

We are also looking at the difference between creating a story and just making a cool looking image. Is there one clear winner?

Both of today’s images contain elements of all of these topics, so the question is – Which one wins?

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    Julie

    I realy like the floating books bacause it kind of looks like the girl is kontroling the books, and it looks like she, at any moment, could trow one at you.

    The blending photo is kind of cool to, but maby the girl could have bind “crawling out of the wall” that would just have made my day!

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    Joerg Calvis

    Crazy… I like the Blending in Picture more. The texture on her body is very well wrapping her body. If the head would be blended in as well it would be a very very spooky picture if you recoognize that person on a secon look :)

    The other Photo is not reality near for me. I would expect no light behind her. If she is somehow doing something magic to the books i would expect her to be in a dark corner, an evil corner from which the witch is trying to get you…

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    Milla K

    Personally I don’t get anything out of the Blending in -image. The model looks too normal and ‘everyday’ and I feel like the photoshop effect is the main subject, which doesn’t really do it for me. 

    I love the book image. It’s like Alice in Wonderland meets Inkheart and all that. So I guess I’m drawn to the story rather than just the cool photoshop effect. 

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    Douglas

    Of the two I think the Books image is the stronger image not that the Blending in image is any less awesome.  I feel that Books has 2 elements going for it which are not present in Blending in.  First is the color content.  The dominant colors are warm and attractive to the typical human eye.  The second is the implied story line is stronger but in addition it is similar to some well embedded icons from popular movies such as “Carrie” and “Fire Starter” as well as a dozen others which help fill in the story line.  The Blending In image green color content and decay of beauty imagery is artistically just as strong but takes a bit more work to bond with and appreciate.  Also between the two it is lacking any strong cultural icon to help fill in a story line.  In my opinion this is part of the problem with doing truly original art which is a departure from the culturally familiar.  Truly unique images have to carry all the esthetic weight for recognition and may not be appreciated for some time.

    Thanks for the awesome job you do.

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    Douglas

    Of the two I think the Books image is the stronger image not that the Blending in image is any less awesome.  I feel that Books has 2 elements going for it which are not present in Blending in.  First is the color content.  The dominant colors are warm and attractive to the typical human eye.  The second is the implied story line is stronger but in addition it is similar to some well embedded icons from popular movies such as “Carrie” and “Fire Starter” as well as a dozen others which help fill in the story line.  The Blending In image green color content and decay of beauty imagery is artistically just as strong but takes a bit more work to bond with and appreciate.  Also between the two it is lacking any strong cultural icon to help fill in a story line.  In my opinion this is part of the problem with doing truly original art which is a departure from the culturally familiar.  Truly unique images have to carry all the esthetic weight for recognition and may not be appreciated for some time.

    Thanks for the awesome job you do.

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    Carrie

    I really love technology (for the sake of technology sometimes). These special effects always make me stop, and look, for a long time. I love it. I want to learn to do it. I want to have green crackley skin peeling off my body.

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    Mark Feliciano

    I actually prefer the free for all story telling. I like elements that relate but wouldn’t appear together in the real world. BUT, between these two, I like the books image, must more compelling

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    james

    like the real life books because i like the effect of the books flying around

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    Marvin Schaer

    I Would say floating books wins because I like the fact tht it could b a real life situation. However there is one thing tht bothers me a little bit and I know tht it is really picky but the light behind the girl seems a little of to the left which gives tht light spot which attrackts to much attention. Other than tht, I love it.
    The reason the blending in loses is simply because I think u could have done a better job in terms of lighting…and I am pretty sure u would do it better now if u would take it again. However the Ps work is great, love how it looks like her second skin

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    Stephane

    Both images are great in term of concept and execution. I went for the floating books. One of the reason would that I found the peeling skin of the subject of blend in almost gruesome (excellent execution but visually disturbing). On the other hand, the model expression, hair, dress fits perfectly in the story you are suggesting in the floating book image.

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    Rene

    Books all the way. Love the books, her expression, her hair. There is unity, coherence which raises the suspicion of an idea behind the elements. The blending picture is cool, but it doesn’t seem to carry any other idea than the coolness of the effect. 

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    Gonçalo Motta

    Here’s my humble opinion. 

    The “blending in”  doesn’t talk to me in any way, it doesn’t tell me a story. I’d consider that one as the one with the cool effect, but that doesn’t evolve much from there. The model’s expression and pose are a bit emotionless, and to be honest I don’t like the lightning at all.

    The Floating Books, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. It tells me a story, as ambiguous and open it might be. There’s a huge dynamic and information and your eye still goes to where it should be, and that’s what’s called composition. There’s also a huge sense of depth created by the perspective distortion and the books floating from the foreground to background. I love the lightning and the model. The post-production is really cool, with well balanced tones and light. I think this is definitely an image that works in every way

    I think you can guess my pick.

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    Brian Siler

    The book photo wins. Both photos are great but it all comes down to the models expressions. In the book photo she looks like she is up to no good, mischievous,almost evil. In the wall photo I don’t get what she is trying to convey. She’s pretty and looks pleasant but I don’t know what she is thinking. 

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    JJWerline

    I definitely like the Floating books! i love both images but i think the “Real World” shots that could actually happen i think takes the cake! Not to mention its probably less time in editing!