Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Red sky at night...

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This is for the Fix My Pic Please group.
From an original by Umbra Letum titled, At the fork in the river.
...and part of the monthly before and after forum...
Photo fixes October 2008:

...and also included in this discussion thread from the
Nikon Digital Learning Center:Assignment...Fall Color
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Here is a link to the original from Umbra Letum:

I loved the colors of the landscape in this photo, and thought I would rework the sky some. I used the lasso tool with a very strong feather on the original size image to select portions and add just a bit of contrast. I then added some sections of new sky from a couple other images...again using the lasso tool to select the portions.

I had these as regular mode layers and soft light mode layers and different amounts of opacity. Thank you Umbra Letum for letting me work on your wonderful photo.

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I used the Pen Tool to isolate and select the subject. The versatility and precision of the Pen Tool allow for any possible selection. It will create the smoothest and most gentle curves. The paths that are created ar in turn used for selection work. I can simply and quickly modify the selection by expansion, contraction, etc....feather it a bit, and then use the selection to trap against the edge of the subject. I can then easily use the airbrush eraser to give the edge any amount of softness I desier. The Pen Tool is a very crisp line, but with some easy adjustment, and edge is possible.

I also used the Sky Effect technique to add in a new sky where there once was non. This is prettys simple, especially once the subject is isolated. Just add the sky on a new layer, and apply as one of the Light Blending modes....such as Screen, Multiply, Soft Light, Hard Light, etc. Blending multiple times with some softe feather work will allow for a complex sky too. On the featured image I created some spheres and this too was on multiple layers, some of which were the light blending modes.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

from Flower to Fire


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This is for the Fix My Pic Please group.

From a beautiful original by Jenny Romney titled, Peach Blossom.
...also part of a discussion from the Photoshop Elelements group...
Show us what you got...flower:

Here is a link to initial version I did too:

Here is a link to the original by Jenny Romney:

I first added some petals to fill out the flower a little. I did this with the same colors as the original. I then tried to add some light from behind at the base of the flower petals. I used a strong yellow spotlight. I darkened away from the light. I am also trying a more vertical and symmetrical version. Thank you so much Jenny1 Your flower pictures are so beautiful!!.

I used the Pen Tool to select the edges of the flower. This too alo allowed me to select portions that I needed to cover bare spots with. Once the flower was isolated on its own layer, I could make quick selection of portions using the regular lasso tool with adjusted feathering. I pushed the contrast a bunch to help exagerrate the colors.

I used the initial touched up version I had created earlier and mirrored it once I had rotated it. I used it on several layers, applying contrast and brightnes to selected areas. I defined the edge of the clouds and deleted this from the layer with the symmetrical flower. I softened this edge in different areas using the eraser with a large airbrush. I mirrored a foreground shot in specific areas and lit the top edge some. Flattened and applied a lens flare. I actually also did this under the cloud with less flare just before I flattened the image. By using the lense flare at two different strengths and being cropped by the edge of the cloud tends to give the image some added depth, I thought.

Thank you so much jennyromney for letting me work on your beautiful image!!

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Here are all of the pages for the second section.
Lesson 4B: Mastering the Pen Tool:
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