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Old 10-01-2006, 07:47 AM
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October 06 Contest

I thought I let you guys have a little fun this month and really get creative. Hopefully the photo will inspire some ghoulish results!!

October Challenge - Zombie makeover -

The File:
october.jpg (2.33 MB)

File from: Stock Xchng
Photographer: geoX

The Prize:
Blow Up by Alien Skin
"Blow Up makes advanced image scaling easy, preserves smooth, crisp edges and lines, and creates four times (1600% area) enlargements from any image without jagged artifacts or halos.

Blow Up includes advanced features such as photo grain controls, enlargement-specific sharpening, and support for most image modes
" ..... in other words .. a really great prize, generously offered by Alien Skin

1. Contest will run from 1 October to 24 October 2006. Deadline for entries is 6pm EDT 24 October 2006.

2. I will not answer questions concerning the rules. Interpretation of the rules is as important as execution.

3. Tasks:

* This is not a photo art contest, the result should be photorealistic.
* Create a ghoulish zombie in a Halloween Themed Image.
* If you add other components to complete the image make sure they are non-copyrighted or public domain.
* Final image must be exactly 600 px wide and 800 px high.

4. When you submit your entry put your username in the filename (ie: tpaul.jpg). This is so users can save the images to a local directory and remember who did what--important when it comes time to vote.

5. Post your entries to this thread. Links will not be accepted. Please restrict your comments, questions or discussion to the October 06 Contest Discussion thread. Inappropriately placed posts will be deleted.

6. Only one entry per person. You can change your entry up to the deadline.

7. Voting will run from 25 October to 31 October 2006. Only those with entries may vote. (Note Daylight Saving Time change on 29 October)

8. Voting:
* Submit the 5 best entries (by artist name) in order, starting with your favorite.
* You cannot vote for your own image.
* Once you have voted, you cannot change your votes.

Finally, please remember that this is a friendly contest and suppose to be a learning experience. Tips and suggestions to help others are highly encouraged. Also please don’t limit your comments to just the top 5 when you vote. Most members are eager for feedback about their images, so remember to help each other out.
Old 10-04-2006, 01:10 PM
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Re: October 06 Contest

I hate being first, but I couldn't wait any longer to see what the rest are up to.
I'm not even sure whether this is the right interpretation of the rules.
I may scrap this altogether.
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:00 AM
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Re: October 06 Contest

I also got a little confused with the rules, I hope this follows them and is acceptable.
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Old 10-06-2006, 08:38 PM
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Re: October 06 Contest

To be a valid entry, you must use the provided image.
Old 10-07-2006, 05:59 PM
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Re: October 06 Contest

OKay! I'll play this month -- since I'm a vampire fan...

I went with a just a tight crop of the original source, then went to work with a variety of manipulations.
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:00 PM
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Re: October 06 Contest

HAPPY HALLOWEEN -- this was a lot of fun!

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Old 10-08-2006, 03:36 AM
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Re: October 06 Contest

After missing last month's competition, I had to get an entry in this time.

This is still a work in progress, so may well get altered before final curtain call (dependent on how much free time I get).
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Last edited by Gary Richardson; 10-21-2006 at 11:12 AM. Reason: Add skin texture
Old 10-10-2006, 02:02 AM
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Re: October 06 Contest

Alright, here's my zombie-esque entry. May you all have a spook-tacular Halloween.
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:03 PM
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Re: October 06 Contest

True to the month's theme, I'm having a devil of a time getting my submission the right size . . .have a good(?) Halloween, all.
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:31 PM
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Re: October 06 Contest

Hi everyone,

So far, there are very good and different interpretations of this month's contest.

I've used some tutorials on creating zombie effects for my entry. This is my "Hollywood" version of what I've learned. I hope it doesn't offend anyone.

Happy Halloween to all of you.

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Last edited by Lorraine; 10-14-2006 at 04:37 AM.
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