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Take Off!

Fairey Firefly MK.5 left and Supermarine Spitfire MK.XVI right or at least that is what I think they are acording to Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum website.


I was searching for a post processing effect that would resemble Mikey Mike's style or "secret sauce" and I came up with a pretty cool p.p. technique... I will outline it here for people to try:

1. copy background layer twice

2. make the middle layer a B&W using Image>Adjustments>Gradient Map...

3. Click on the Gradient Map picture to bring up the Gradient Editor

4. click on the left-bottom color stop (for me this is white) and drag it to location 11%

5. click on the right-bottom color stop (for me this is black) and drag it to location 11%

6. Add a color stop at location 50% by clicking beneath the gradient

7. double click this color stop just created and the select color window will pop up

8. in the select color window insert these values

R: 133



9. Click OK thrice to apply gradient "shimming"

10. set top most layer overlay to color



see how this effect looks, I have only applied it to this image so far. Will test it more tomorrow...

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Taken on June 14, 2008