This chapter explores a technique that lets you radically transform an image using relatively simple steps. It requires an application that’s capable of using transfer/composite/blending modes, as it uses the Darken blending mode along with a blurred version of an image to flatten the color while retaining some outline detail from the underlying image it’s combined with.
This example is shown in Assimilate Scratch, which lets you use composite modes to combine “scaffolds,” which are additional corrections you can layer over one another.
It works best with images that are well exposed, with crisp detail, although you’ll get different and interesting effects with other kinds of clips.
1. Grade the clip ...