Good-bye, old friend! Hello phaser lady!
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Join Date: Sep 2012
11-21-2012, 04:08 PM
Well, I decided to have a go myself at altering the background image.
Let's see now. Colorified the whole thing with a warm orange hue. Copied that, undid colorify and pasted as new layer so I can fade the coloring with the opacity slider.
Even just a faint hint of warmth does remarkable things for it. At about 50% opacity I'm looking between this and phaser guy and thinking hey, this can work.
In the end I have two filters, filter 1 being the warm colorify, filter 2 being the merge of the original image with filter 1 but only darkening the image... in other words, targeting the shadows.
So I leave filter 2 as 'darken original image' but with less opacity and move filter 1 up with much less opacity to brighten the midtones and highlights.
And this is what you get (click for whole image):
That warmer hue doesn't fit so well with the rest of the interface, but it just shows you what can be done if you have an arcane knowledge of a painting program.
No, I'm not an artist, else I would have drawn a nicer-looking phaser lady and taken a few more days to work on it. I'm a meddler, not a miracle worker!