I really cannot get enough of the Photoshop Actions that Brad Gobel is creating! They are about the only reason that I am still using Carrara these days.
Here is Brad’s Stardust Action at work.
I used the Victoria 4 model and put the Katie texture on her. Although this is a nude model, the Action post-processing usually hides the “naughty bits.” I think these are very tame images; however, a prude may still find these images offensive.
I used the Amarseda hair model from the DAZ Store as well as the Feathered Wings prop.
The default parenting of the wings to Victoria was far too low on her body in my opinion. I disabled the parenting and placed the wings where I fell they looked best. I spent some time playing around with morphs on the wings to find something I liked.
After applying the pose (I don’t recall which one, but it was from a purchase on Renderosity), I needed to adjust the morphs on the hair so that it was sitting more realistically.
I did tweak the pose by adjusting Victoria’s right arm and hand.
Stardust provided a happy accident with the flare effect. I liked how the pose was reaching for something, so I put the flare in place appropriately. The last step was a very quick and dirty vignette.
Next, I tried the Sandstorm Action.
At first, I kept everything the same in Photoshop. As you can see in Brad’s videos, you need to have a layer called “brush” to control the placement of the Action effect. With Stardust, I used a Quick Mask to select nearly all of the image.
Sandstorm obliterated everything! It was kind of cool on its own, but not the result that I wanted.
I adjusted the “brush” layer to concentrate on the wings. I still lightly selected along the legs and torso though. I made sure that the particles from the left wing did not hide the reaching arm.
Brad has created a few new Actions. I’ll definitely buy those shortly and see what else I can come up with.