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BTS: The Black Beauty Retouch by Allen Chu

So since i've gotten pretty good feedback in regards to my retouch of Douglas Sonders photo of the Black Beauty, I decided to make a gif of my process of the entire retouch.  Since there wasn't an art director or general client giving me directions on what to do, this retouch was more of an exploration.  I made some mistakes and lots of changes, and while the gif doesn't show all my layers, it does give you a general idea of how the image was built.

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The Black Beauty by Allen Chu

One of my favorite shows as a kid growing up was The Green Hornet.  Whenever the re-runs were on i'd jump on and watch.  I'm a huge Bruce Lee fan and love cars, so naturally the Black Beauty was something I wet my pants over a lot.  Recently I met Douglas Sonders, and east coast based photographer who had just shot the Black Beauty itself and was nice enough to let me mess around with one of his images.  A few hours later and this is the product of a bit of photoshop work.  I wanted to give it a modern movie poster type feel and I have to admit that i'm in love with the final product.

Photo courtesy of Douglas Sonders.