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Filip Setmanuk
How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 27, 2018 at 1:23:51 pm

Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone knows how to achieve an effect when real-world character (specifically a human recorded against the green screen) looks like hyper realistic character? I guess it will have something to do with sharpening mask but other tips and tricks? Thanks a lot in advance



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Dave LaRonde
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 27, 2018 at 4:42:29 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Aug 28, 2018 at 4:37:09 pm

What do you mean by hyper realistic? Never heard of it.

And what does that lady's picture have to do with anything?
Sure, she's nice-looking but I fail to see how that makes her HYPER-real.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 29, 2018 at 12:13:44 pm

Do you mean that they should look like a realistic synthetic character like that 3D render?

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Filip Setmanuk
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 29, 2018 at 1:06:25 pm

Hi Kalleheikki,

Yes! That kind of effect I am interested in. Thanks for reply!

best,
Filip


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 29, 2018 at 4:51:09 pm
Last Edited By Kalleheikki Kannisto on Aug 29, 2018 at 4:53:14 pm

Here's an attempt in that direction in Photoshop. The render looked suspiciously like Anna Faris, so I found an (unretouched) photo of her and used some bad photo retouching methods to get some of the human realism out of her, so that she would look more synthetic. Overdo the noise reduction in the skin, unsharp mask to bring out unrealistic amount of edge clarity elsewhere, use shadows and highlights to add some HDR-style lighting, make the colors a bit unnaturalistic and then overdo the white in her hair to take it outside the believable range. All filter-based, no manual retouching involved. So that's one possible approach. Before and after for comparison.



Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 29, 2018 at 5:09:21 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Aug 29, 2018 at 5:12:58 pm

In Days Of Yore they would call such a process, "retouching".

I'm also reminded of the movie, "300". All shot on chroma key with the bejeezus effected out of it.
Now I know what "hyper-realistic" means: very little based on reality.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 30, 2018 at 5:55:18 am

I call it bad photo retouching. But is does give a nice and synthetic rubber-face effect if that's what you're after.

There's another (photographic) look that could be considered "hyperrealistic" which is bringing out extreme detail that you don't usually see. You see that in photos -- usually of men -- where every single pore on their face is showing extremely clearly. Though I haven't actually heard the term being used in relation to photography or video, rather to describe paintings that have level of detail (apparently) exceeding a photograph.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Aug 30, 2018 at 10:53:01 am
Last Edited By Kalleheikki Kannisto on Aug 30, 2018 at 10:53:48 am

The latter would be more like this. Various contrast sharpening enhancements applied.

Should really start with RAW image in either case to amount to anything decent, so these are more conceptual examples than actual results.



Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Filip Setmanuk
Re: How to achieve hyper realistic effect?
on Sep 1, 2018 at 12:55:34 pm

Thanks a lot for all the replies! I will try those effects or perhaps combination of both!


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