The “The Cide” creation process includes five different phases: writing, shooting, pictures post-production and paging, animations overlapping and the final insertion of the images in the virtual comics with the appropriate sounds and music.
I finally decided to answer your many questions and to “unveil” the secrets that transform simple photos into The Cide. Because The Cide is made out of photographs, if anyone didn’t already notice..
To develop a system that could fit every kind of photos (bright ones, dark ones..) we spent almost three months working hard on Photoshop. We had many problems trying to find a universal macro.
The result of our experiments is this process that, taking the original picture, makes it flatter and more homogeneous highlighting both the bright and dark parts. After that, the process enhances yellows and greens and adds several filters that gives the picture a more cartoonish look. The last step of the process has been the most difficult to us: we wanted to create an effect that was dirty, watercolour-like and, above all, always different. This is our trick: the original photo is overlapped with 46 different films that interact on colour and saturation with the consequent always different effects we were searching for. You can notice that in some iterative elements (like a red background) where you can barely perceive the same kind of overlapping.
In some pictures (like the one on the left) we had to add non-existent elements (the cross), change the colour of an item ( the wheat from yellow to crimson) and remove environmental features (trees and pylons).
In the picture below you can see all the steps from the original photo (the one on the left) to the final effect (the one on the right).
I tried to be as clear as possible, simplifying a lot the work we actually made.
I hope I’ve been exhaustive and have satisfied your curiosity.
Daniele “Zed” Berretta