What effects were added to this photo?

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May 11, 2008
I’m trying to create a slight cartoonish effect of sorts of a photo similar to the effect in this photo here:

I know the creator of the photo uses CS3 but I’m unsure of how it was done. Does anyone know how to do this effect or know of a tutorial?



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May 11, 2008
Ryan, i may be way off,but my initial thought was it could be photomatix. I just downloaded it recently,and it reminds me of some of the looks you can get with certain adjustments.
May 13, 2008
That looks to be HDR to me…
My bet is he started off with e.g. 3 exposures (likely raw images, possibly taken using auto-bracketing to take them quick enough with the subject not moving), and combined it to HDR (under file->automate).
The effect is achieved by over-doing it when converting it down to an 8-bit image.

It’s not a simple effect unfortunately.
Google around for HDR tutorials… 🙂

If you just want a similar (but not identical) effect quick and dirty you could go for the image>adjustments>Shadow/Highlights filter. Use large amounts and low radius (click "show more options"). Play around with it.
You could also try to to add a sharpen filter (smark sharpen or unsharp mask) with very high radius into the mix.
Jul 21, 2008
I have created a couple Photoshop video tutorials that I have linked to below. Feel free to check them out if you are interested in the content.

The first video goes over the process of converting an image to black and white using adjustment layers and then going back to re-color portions of the image.
Creating and Coloring Black and White Images Using Photoshop < http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1525013/photoshop_tutorial_cre ating_and_coloring_black_and_white_images/>.

The second video demonstrates the process of creating HDR images. In the first part of the video, I use Photoshop’s HDR tools only. In the second part, I use the Photmatix plugin to create the final HDR image.
Creating HDR Images in Photoshop < http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1525866/photoshop_tutorial_cre ating_hdr_images_in_photoshop/>.

Hope this helps!

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