Much like everybody else, I love TorridWear's new umbrella AO! That's the point of this post, aside from yet more photoshop practice!
AnaLu was kind enough to post the following hints in my blog yesterday:
I take my pics at 3200×2400 in a white backdrop (or black, depending on the outfit) inside the Photoshpere. In PhotoShop, I use the magic wand to past them to a white background and remove all the white (or black) in them. After composing the pic, I use as backdrop a gradient or a pattern. After flatten layers, I duplicated the layers, use gaussian blur and overlay of soft light. Another method to lighten the pics is using the exposure in the adjustment layers. I try not to change the original picture. I want people to see the outfits exactly how they are. I will make a tutorial one of these days.
Isn't Ana completely gracious, to share her secrets and make sure that we all look our best? I've found this in general about Second Life -- creators are always insanely generous with their time and talent. I guess we're all co-constructing this strange little reality. We're all on the cyberboat together, floating off into the unknown... Which means that it's time for some Tennyson, right? I was thinking the same:
Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
***Earrings and necklace: Earthtones Conessa in Reverie/Gold
***Pants: Hybrid Jeans - Skinny Denim
***Tattoos: The Closet *TCinSHELTER* ChainhartTattoo
***Hair: Gritty Kitty: Needles icee
***Skin: MiaSnow *mia* ABBY skin 5
***AO: TorridWear Paraplu AO with color changing parasol
***Shirt: ~silentsparrow~ sale item, red dahlia (from the set)
***Shoes: Bliensen+MaiTai - Silk and Cherries BalletFlat Red