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Someone whose blog I adore, @cyberqueen-13,
asked about how I edit my photos. I have been wanting to share
something with the community that I love and I thought this would be a
start since it’s been awhile.

What I Use:

  • Reshade 3.4.0 +  a personal preset (thinking of sharing, if anyone wants it let me know)
  • Photoshop CC 2018
  • Imagenomic Noiseware
  • Alien Skin Exposure 3

.01 I took a quick photo to show with ReShade Off/On in my game with no editing at all.

EA

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Reshade

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.02 In Photoshop, I open my photo and duplicate the layer. Apply the Noiseware filter to remove any color noise in the photo.

.03 Then, I run Topaz Clean.

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.04 Next, I run the Exposure 3 filter. I have many presets
saved depending upon the lighting situation, but this filter basically
replicates the look of different types of film. Exposure also has the
ability to edit in layers (like Photoshop), per layer it looks like:

  • Layer 1 – 71% Opacity – Kodak Kodachrome 64 filter with grain removed
  • Layer 2 – 50% Opacity – Kodak Kodachrome 25 filter with grain removed
  • Layer 3 – 71% Opacity – Kodak Kodachrome 64 filter with grain removed
  • Layer 4 – 100% Opacity – Saturation [-5]

** Link to my Exposure preset

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.05 All of the filters (Noiseware, Topaz Clean, Exposure) are
ran on one single layer. Once steps .02 – .04 are done, I set the layer
opacity to 50% in Photoshop.

.06 Flatten the image.
Duplicate the layer. Then, I add an adjustment layer for
Brightness/Contrast with this setting:  Brightness [ +20 ] , Contrast [
-10 ]. Flatten the image again.

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.07 Finally, I run an action from another favorite simmer of mine, @onyxsims​. I use Effect 3.0 on my flattened image and set the opacity of the layer at 15%.

.08 Finally, I crop as needed and in Photoshop, I go save it as: File >> Export >> Save for Web with Optimized and Embed Color Profile Checked with JPEG set to Quality 100. I set my width set to 1960 for my image and save.

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Whew! Seems like a lot, but I do have steps .02 – .05 saved in an action set that will apply the filters. I know we all use different programs, but I hope this helps to show my process.

If you want to see a few before and after pics, check here.

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