I decided it was time to take a final photoshoot for Haruhi before she disappears from my shelf. A final performance to go out with a bang. So that others may share in her final performance, I’ve documented the process of how this photo was created.
This bunny version of Suzumiya Haruhi will probably be the best quality figure you will ever see coming from Atelier Sai. I had decided to sell her to a friend I had met on Facebook. This figure is actually one of the cute ones that my wife doesn’t mind. Though she thinks there isn’t really anything special about her outfit.
Regardless, I felt it was time to let this one go. I originally bought her with the intent to sell, but became quite attached to this little piece of pvc. I’m guessing the photo that convinced my friend to buy was this one:
I like this photo. A lot. I took it one sunny day on a whim. It seems that Haruhi is quite photogenic. Of course, the problem with this photo was the terrible background. I suppose that’s what you get on a whim. Not content with letting her go with such a shoddy performance, I decided to give her one last show. This is the original background photo I decided to use:
I chose this photo for a challenge. Since it would be Haruhi’s final performance, it’s gotta be a good one! I didn’t really like the color of the background… it was uninteresting and well, green. I also didn’t care much for the singer, just like how that guy in the bottom left corner didn’t care much for him. So I got rid of them:
It’s called photoshop magic! Actually, getting rid of them wasn’t exactly the first thing I did. First, I took a photo of Haruhi under what I was hoping to be the same lighting conditions:
After which, I dropped her into the background image, and did a rough cut, followed by some quick color tweaks to see if it would match and be possible to make this photo. Fortunately, the color tweaks to the original background helped make setting the color tone for Haruhi much easier:
At this point, I began to remove the original singer from the scene, cropped the photo slightly to create a better composition, and painstakingly cut Haruhi out from her original background. You’ll also notice that the microphone is too high for Haruhi to sing with. So I had to cut the microphone out and lower that as well:
The final touches to this photo – add a shadow so that Haruhi didn’t look like she was floating, get rid of the taller microphone, and of course, light Haruhi properly:
But Haruhi’s performance just doesn’t seem smashing enough. I mean, there’s just one guy down there saying “yay.” I’m sure she could do better than that! It’s time to rock the house! Everybody in the house, let me see you get your hands up!
That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Using the polygon lasso tool, I drew in some hands rocking out and providing much needed atmosphere. Color filled with black, and given a gaussian blur to show distance, and a radial blur to show motion. And of course, you gotta finish the light show off with some bloom!
And with that, ends Haruhi’s final performance. I’m satisfied with letting her go to a new owner now. Hope you enjoyed it!
And here’s a reminder treat on how cool the original concert was: