If there is one thing about xraying that keeps it from becoming more popular and embraced by our pervy community, I would have to say it's the Burn brush. "Burning" is when pixels are decreased in light levels (like, for example, from 255 to 235). It's function is not much different than curves or the B/C boost. Virtually all xrays decrease or increase levels for better contrast. So, why is it a bad thing? Well, when the "burn brush" is used like a paintbrush it ceases to be a tool to discover hidden goodies, instead it becomes a tool to create the goodies themselves. Perhaps the most abused tool in "xraying", it has become an instantly recognizable sign of a faked xray. The first single image of boobalicious Katy Perry was done by me, using the burn brush. Notice how clear and crisp the edges are, notice how the nipples are gray and without dimension? I didn't xray anything. I didn't attempt a curves adjustment, I didn't B/C boost, I didn't adjust hue/saturation, I just clicked on the image 6 times with two different sizes of the burn brush. This is an extreme example, most xrayers don't do this, right? Well....
Our second image below has 5 different xrays done by 5 different people (including me). As Dilbert rightly pointed out "its funny to see nipples in different places in all these x-rays..." There is obviously some heavy burning going on here. A simple curves, or B/C boost, did not make the nipples pop out. So, people kind of stared at the image awhile until they found what they were looking for. Call it a "nipple mirage" but after hunching in front of the monitor for 5 minutes your eyes start seeing what you want them to see. A dark blotch suddenly looks like a nipple, and since the curves/boost didn't work, people reached for the burn brush so others can see what they're seeing. I doubt any of the xrayers set out to purposely fake an xray, yet only one of these xrays can be "real". Personally, none of these are true xrays, imo. Some are closer than others, but none managed to truly isolate the information.
I want requestors to be aware of this "technique", as well-intentioned as it may be, it's basically guesswork.
I would like xrayers to be aware that using the burn brush to guesstimate crosses the line from xray to fake.
This technique is still debated as being a valid way to xray, and while burning can be used appropriately, it's been my experience that it rarely ever is.
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