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Retouching Challenge #21
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Registered: March 2002
Location: north central florida
Well nothing like pretty girls and sleeping dogs to spark a re-interest in playing with photos.
I didn't do any of the lightening that may have been called for... liked it as it was
first Ran it thru "neat Image" which seemed to take care of the grain without too much info lost.
then made a duplicate layer and discarded the original ...
then removed all but the girl and dog ... mostly with the magic wand... with some eraser brush
cleaned up the stains etc. with the clone brush set on 40 % opacity ... and a little with the paint brush.... although really the photo was in good shape.
spent some time looking for an clean looking prop for them to rest on..... settled on a hope chest ... did the same with that to remove the background..
found a Background to use (blue sky ) sized that to be more than large enough to drag the two cutouts onto it... which was next...
used the transform tool to move and size the chest and try to get a natural look beneath the dog.
used guassian blur heavy on the sky and lightly on the chest
then also on both used the " hue and saturation " adjustment tool to tune them to suitable tones and remove some saturation on the chest.
cropped and flattened it ...
then added a slight texture and try to tie it all together better
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Registered: July 2002
Very Nice. Chest looks very natural and doesn't look at all like you added it into the image.
Registered: August 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
The hard furface of the wood adds a unique contrast to the softness of the subjects. Nice manipulation work as well.
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