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Kristan Jan Q. Franco is rooted from General Santos City, and is a 20-year old student of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. With the course Information Technology, he is into web designing, graphic designs, ads, and photography. Having been introduced into digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop and CSS coding, he began designing variety of graphics in his high school days. When he stepped into college, his interests expanded. With a cheap digicam and a Single Lens Reflex camera, he was engaged into photography and sees it as a hobby. Read more about KFranco »

Tips in Creating Your Own City

Posted by Kristan Monday, December 28, 2009

I got some tips on creating a hoax city of yours. Not just some good experimentation is needed here, but also with some good photos to develope your own "weird city".

This photo was taken somewhere in the road of Davao City 2 years ago. This photo is so interesting to manipulate. Aside from it's good angle, I also considered how it was put up and the way it was shoot through a moving vehicle, it's natural.

This is the original photo, before it was being manipulated, it is dull and the output level is somehow untied. No clouds at all, but we will consider it's good shot on the road.


After collecting additional photos from Google, a globe, building, and a signage, I've come up with this:


Here are some tips in making this manipulated city, or whatever we call it:

1.) Patience - of course.

2.) Compatibility - select photos which contain good angles, and compatible angles with other photos.

3.) Be guided with Levels (ctrl + L) and Curves (ctrl + M) - you don't want to make your output look dull, are you?

4.) Filters, Filters, Filters - involve the Filter menu in whatever you manipulate. I used Radial Blur in that photo to make it look dashing or in-motion.

5.) Burn with Burn Tool (O) - levels and curves are not enough to create desired shadows or highlights, that's why we use burn tool to darken certain parts of the photo, and dodge tool to lighten it.

6.) Gradient Overlays - to create a certain tone of photo, use gradient overlay to transform highly saturated photos into low saturated photos or vice versa. With this, you could also set some standard tuning of colors

7.) Experiment, Explore - well, that explains a lot. Just buzz me if you got anything new.

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