Do you know anyone who works in Jack Bauer's Counter Terrorism Unit? I know they can do this stuff because I have seen it with my own eyes on the TV
Alas, we are shackled with the restraints of living in the real world, and can’t do that stuff. We can’t even retask satellites to follow the car in real time, and take neon glowing images of the driver through the metal roof of the car. Anyone else feel totally inadequate?
I'm guessing that you have a larger version of the image? At the very least, you'd need the full resolution version to have half a chance. Sometimes you get better contrast by looking at a negative, or from just one channel, but all joking aside, unless you have a MUCH bigger version of that image, you are going to be out of luck.
That new smart deblur feature is amazing! But it's only a matter of time before it launches all our nukes at us.
Following your lead I downloaded the beta for the new version of smart zoom, and cranked the slider all the way over to the right. This is the edge of the 'N'...
What really IS impressive is that you found enough elements to make it actually believable, even in the right colors. Hats off to you! The kitty on the roof is a cute touch.
This is getting spooky. Keep pushing that slider into the subatomic. and there are whole universes inside. I wonder if there are planets around some of those stars, and I wonder if there are highly evolved humanoids living on them that did away with Macs millennium ago, and only use PCs? I'm way too scared to push that slider the other way, in case we see a giant eyeball looking in on us!
But you haven't said anything about where Stephen Hawking fits into all this - ?
Very impressive, Trevor, most convincing. I bet there are people out there frantically searching for this smart deblur, this very moment...I know it's there somewhere...
I usually use Google images because you have the size options. The back of the truck was the wrong colour, but the cab unit was white, so a simple Hue adjustment. I found the stop sign but made the No trucks sign from scratch. The second composite as was all done from scratch appart from the universe of course. I always start off with much larger rectangles when making tubes because itis easier to run the highlights that make them look round. The FT them down to size. Speres are easy. Fill a circle. Radial gradient for highlights on a different layer so you can blur and adjust position. Smart objects also make life easier while keeping things editable.
This one is mostly all tubes. The first image was put up in a flickr Photoshop group asking how to select the racks. The glass shelves were going to be tricky because the bricks are visible through them, so I suggested making it from scratch.
I ended up having to put my money where my mouth was, so to speak, and make this entirely from scratch. No compositing, and no textures. Pure photoshop.
The tubes as above, but the thin curved tubes did not work well when FT warped, (the highlights became smudged), so the were made curved from a large elipse. The glass shelves were easy. The front edge is almost black with a bevel. The rest of the shelf a solid grey with reduced opacity. That worked quite well and gave a great smoked glass effect. The floor used Clouds and noise. The bricks I copied the technique from Steve Caplin's 100% Photoshop book. Make one brick and keep copying and grouping to fill the page. Copy the brick layer and use Glass filter to roughen them. Clouds to alter tones across the wall, and Lighting effects using the original clean brick layer. Lighting effects is actually outdated nowadays because the 3D tools are so much better at it, but I have not spent enough time on 3D to be comfortable with it.
BTW The shelves took me an hour, and would have need another hour to add details and make it look more real, but I was only did it to prove a point.
Noel Carboni wrote:
I think tineye just finds exact matches, unless I'm mistaken.
Absolutely. That's why it takes as long again to fine tune. The faked shelves layer is far too crisp for a start, as well as the second unit being identical to the first, (because it is a copy). But I got bored and drew a line under it at an hour.
knarf145, »blurriness« is probably not the correct term here.
Imagine you have a pattern of equidistanced lines and this is projected onto a camera-receptor’s pixels (for simplicity’s sake let’s assume the lines are parallel to the row’s of pixels) – if more than one line has to be processed by one row of pixels the recorded information may be the same for several very different cases and the number of original lines represented by one line of image pixels might be impossible to determine.
If the visual information necessary to recognize individual letters or numbers of this alphabet (and visually that usually can mean several distinct horizontal, vertical, diagonal, round etc. units) has not been recorded into the image, but those elements have been »stuffed« into an insufficient number of image pixels, the original »written information« can not be retrieved from the image as it simply is not there.
It’s kind of like rounding a number to an integer and afterwards trying to determine what the second place behind the comma was.