reply to post by Zarniwoop
its not hard I think you use GIMP, not photoshop. So i can't help you with directions, but in photoshop cs3, here is what i do:
- insert layer, solid/gradient.
- set gradient to black, fading to clear
- the style should be radial
- use blending options to get it to the right fade
increase color/contrast tricks..all under the 'Image' -> 'Adjustments' menu
- Under Exposure, i increase exposure and gamma to where i want them
- under Match Color, i increase color brightness
- i may put in a clear layer, then use either pink, baby blue, or pastel yellow to paint with a soft brush at about 10% over the areas i want
highlighting then i will use the blending options and blend the layer with color dodge, or sometimes color burn. Use opacity to fade to the desired
- conversely, i use the same technique with outer glow and inner glow. Sometimes i use stroke with the same blending, too, to get a bright outline
of vivid color. those image you see that have surreal bright colors....they use a technique like this
- when all else fails, try brightness/contrast
- if even that has failed, try using "filter"->"render"->"lighting effects". Turn the setting for metallic all the way up then adjust the
other settings to get the desired result. You can always under what you do, and tinker to get it just right. But to turn up the "metallic", it
helps reduce that haziness you sometimes have in an image.
- similarly, sometimes i use "filter"->"brush strokes"->"accented edges", then fine tune to help brighten up the image some.
All the above I learned through tinkering. I am sure there are other tips out there to help achieve a more vivid image.