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Old 12-31-2008, 04:35 PM
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January 2009 Contest Discussion

Add your comments, questions or general discussion about the Contest entries here. This is also a great place to share your techniques or ask others about theirs.

Most members are eager to hear comments/suggestions about their entries, so please take the time to help each other out.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:26 PM
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Re: January 2009 Contest Discussion

Wow. Just took a look at the source photo for this contest. Quite a challenge being proposed. No wonder there are not any entries yet. This may take some time -- so many details to attend to. Is anyone working on it?
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:30 PM
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Re: January 2009 Contest Discussion

I've started, but I have not accomplished much yet.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:54 PM
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Re: January 2009 Contest Discussion

I gave you all of December to rest up for it!
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:06 AM
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Re: January 2009 Contest Discussion

I'm working on it, too. I also haven't gotten very far. I started with the roof of the barn.
good luck everyone.
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:34 PM
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It definitely looks like a tough assignment. I haven't had time to look at it properly yet, let alone do anything about it. Hopefully after my exams next week I can. Have fun everyone :-)
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:28 PM
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Re: January 2009 Contest Discussion

I did do reconstruction of the spire on the smaller part of the barn. Then I realized that this project is going to take more time and skill than I have.

I've just started a course in CSS/XHTML, so this contest isn't viable for me now.

Good luck to all who are entering. I'll check out the finished products.

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Old 01-10-2009, 09:52 PM
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Re: January 2009 Contest Discussion

ok, this isnt quite as hard as it first appears. i'm going to give you one tip to make your lives easier... remember that the final image is 800 x 600, not what it currently is. if you resize first, before restoring, you'll have to contend with a whole LOT LESS detail. normally, i dont recommend doing that for restorations, but in this particular case, where the final image is going to be downsized rather than upsized, check it out. it might save you a few hours and headaches
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:54 PM
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i think the hardest part for me was trying to match the reflection in the water. maybe i didn't have to do that but sometimes i get carried away.
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:06 PM
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Re: January 2009 Contest Discussion

I hope all the other entrants enjoyed working this contest as much as I did. As a new Photoshop user (just 3 months now), I found this to be an excellent opportunity to learn manipulation techniques. I think I used most every tool in Photoshop's extensive arsenal!

It was immediately obvious to me that this was not merely a "photo" restoration project, but rather an actual building restoration; that the purpose was for the contractor to use the end result as a sales tool, to illustrate what the building could look like with a fresh face lift and inevitably to sell his services. As such, my goal was to make the scene much more visually appealing than the somewhat dreary source photo suggested.

I spent a good deal of time gathering and preparing the elements I imagined would contribute to that goal, including: roofing, siding, stone wall and brick fills, doors, windows, trees in full bloom, dramatic clouds and even some swans for accent. I dealt with the reflection using a trial of Flaming Pear's Flood plugin.

Putting it all together was time-consuming, but if the contractor gets the job, the effort would certainly have been a good investment on his part and of course, another potential source of income for any aspiring pixel craftsman. For me, it was an invaluable learning experience.
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