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Registered: July 2004
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Cananda
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1) Take the time to make a detailed selection of the horse. I used the pen tool and then saved the path. I can then create selections as needed. This helps focus on what you need to fix (you can delete the outside areas after you activated your selection and inversed (NOT InVERT) the selection - but copy the horse layer first.

2) Use Clone tool to slowly but surely remove the harness and matted hair. When using the clone tool (I'm using v.6 of PS) try using the 'lighten" mode to remove dark patches (the harness) using the quality areas of the horses body when cloning, and "darken" mode to remove bright areas with darker cloned portions. This allow you to keep a lot of needed texture of the fur and remove trouble areas. I use "Normal" mode as well from time to time.

3) Lasso selections with low feather values (.5 - 3 pixels) are also very helpful in filling in "patches" of large harness area. --Make a sekection, feather slightly, copy and paste as needed. Once happy, merge down the sample layer if you feel the effect has been acheived.

4) Use dodge and burn with very, very low values for areas that may need it.

5) The eyeball was taken from another online photo of a horse standing in profile to the camera. When copying the eye, use a very small feather (depending on image resolution.) I used .5 on a 72 dpi image.

6) For the mane of hair & tail, I sampled and copied other areas of hair and used transform tools to (very slightly) enlarge and scale the hair. Note: Keep the image pixels relistic, don't scale to large or stretch too far. Be patient in creating a new longer length of hair from sampled smaller pieces of his mane.

7) To place in the happy fields : Use transforms & perspective transforms to size and scale. Then colour balance to the image your working on. I had to bump ip the contrast for my horse

Have fun

P.S Great challenge! And I hope my descriptions are enough

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Sheffield UK
7/28/2004 5:16am

This is a great job, I can see you have worked hard on this. Good job.

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