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MLeth's Thoughts - Photoshop Lens Flare

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 31, 2011, 9:08 AM

I think most of us have been having our fair share of Lens Flare-periods in our digital (or traditional : | ) paintings. At least us who have been learning Adobe Photoshop from scratch and used all the exciting filters that the software has to offer.
Sure, the effect looks cool and realistic - And that's the problem right there - Unless what you paint is a realistic style.. Stay the HELL away from the Lens Flare.

When you paint, let's say manga, a Lens Flare coming out of the light source, the sun for instance, it will only make the painting look very mediocre and sloppy. But most of all it will look extremely misplaced. Lets show some examples:

Example 1

What bothers me most about this is that people often tend to add the Flare where there isnt even a light source - Just because Lens Flares are so damn cool they should be wherever I want them to be!
And secondly - You don't need the Flares in the first place! It doesnt enhance the quality of the painting in any way, neither does it make it look better.

If you have to make Lens Flares, make your own! Your own lesser realistic looking Lens Flares will look far more fitting. Even if you don't know how to paint them correctly - That's not the point. The point is that your painting has a coherent feel to it, that the painting feels complete. And a Lens Flare cannot complete it for you.
Example 2
What the Lens Flare also does to a painting is that it changes the tone, the mood and the atmosphere of a painting drastically. Lets look at the example above. The Lens Flare sets a mood that suggests a beautiful and calm evening - Without the Lens Flare it is more of a mystical, strange environment (which is what I was aiming for).

You can compare this to another filter that would do the same for a painting:

Example 3

A "water" filter just smacked on to the existing painting. Does this enhance the quality? I'll leave that for you to decide.

In conclusion, please don't destroy your art with tacky, misplaced filters such as the Lens Flare - You don't need it to make incredible art!


So yeah - A shorter journal this time xD Just wanted to show my hatred to the Lens Flare :')


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:iconeldora-rea:
Eldora-Rea Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
I never really used those filter in a fish product I never like how they turn out.
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ShalkenTanari Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What I don't like about the Lens Flare is that it not only makes the work look somewhat sloppy, it also gives the impression that someone is actually there, taking the picture with a camera (hence the name "lens flare"). In some pictures though, this is just not the case. Why would there be someone taking a picture of some deserted, ruined planet that is supposed to be uninhabited? Why would someone be taking a picture in the deepest, farthest reaches of space?

...I like ranting on rant journals. :iconbummy2:
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i agree. it ruins the barren atmosphere that you're trying to create when there's someone with a camera. a small person in the distance that suits the habitat would be alright, i suppose. but i guess that really does depend on your clear intentions are for the picture.
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Brother-Tico Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Artist
About the last drawing: I dont think it look good with that filter.

I guess you have a point in that.
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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Niufox Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lawl, I watch shortpinay on dA :dummy:
But you have a point there :3
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's great : D
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:iconniufox:
Niufox Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mhms :3
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
the one thing i don't agree with, is your degradation of what others think looks good. (the part where you said you felt sorry for people that thought it looked better like that) art is, above almost everything else, subjective.

the point you're making does make sense, though. don't get me wrong.
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DreamerWhit Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ahhh glad you pointed this out XD
haha ive always wanted to use a lens flair but havent found an appropriate pic to use it on....
otherwise i would probably be those filter happy people ,i must say, ;P glad i saw this!
and yeah .... i see your point on the balance (especially your examples you put), it competes with the pic and doesnt flow with your own stuff
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, well I mean.. If the flare for some reason DOES fit the image you've created.. Then sure! xD But it doesnt make your painting look any better with it ^^

Hey btw, it's your birthday tomorrow yes? Or is the deviantart birthday system going nuts again? xD
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DreamerWhit Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yesh yeah, it is xD
DA tells the truth ;P
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okidoke ;D
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S-Cpu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Word!
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Vosrik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student General Artist
But I dunno how to do lights any other way :noes:
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure you do! :D Oh and I've promised to do a glow/lights tutorial for ages now..
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Vosrik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
YAAAAYY!!!
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CG-Sphinx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
To be brutally honest here this sounds like baseless hatred because this "enhancer" is used a lot by the mid-tier class, wait... that's a contradiction. -My ego just sky-rocketed-

Although I agree. I even think lens flare should never be used in a digitally painted piece (and I never did so, I thought it was a thing for photographs only o3o)

Are the next topics for rants; Bloom, Glow, Sunshafts and Rainbows?
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next topic.. Will probably be something I'm mad at, at that particular moment xD
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only ever remember using a lens flare for a spacescape for the sun. . . and this old picture where light was reflecting off a guy's sword, that was horrible X'D

As for that water filter, it looks. . flat.
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used one for a space scene too! Good ol' times :')

Yeah, I mean, that was a blunt example.. You could add the effect and then change the perspective on it to look less flat. But still!
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find it adds to image a lot more if one does it without the use of a filter, but I've tried it myself and its hella hard ^^;
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Orkekum Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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Lens flare in photography is not welcome at all times :iconangrynoesplz:
But at times again it's Purrrfect :dummy:
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