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Old 05-01-2009, 09:35 AM
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May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

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 05-02-2009, 11:54 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

I'm really surprised how many ways there are to crop this picture.
And how well this takes PS filters (mostly the artistic and brush strokes ones). And color and non color.
Right now I'm trying to fix the blown out water, maybe with two smart objects?
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:33 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Nasturtium, this photo has an excellent (though unrealized) tonal range. Try toying with image > adjustments > shadow/highlight to bring more detail out of both the lighter and darker areas. I think you'll discover that the water is not blown out.

As far as artistic/brush stroke filters, in most entries so far, I'm seeing what I believe is a general misinterpretation of the contest goal -- post card RETOUCHING.

I see no mention of creating a photo based artistic rendition. Did *I* miss something?
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:36 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Hint from FAQ thread:

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/con...tml#post120868
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:30 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

LonK-The water was fairly easy to bring back in ACR. I've found a crop I like but now I'm brainstorming which elements to 'remove or reposition'

TPaul-Thanks a million, that certainly clarified the issue.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:20 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

I love it when the creative juices flow. Where does inspiration come from? lol. I started out trying to get some custom brush strokes to work in Impressionist and PS crashed. :-( That got me to thinking about displacement maps...and then I just put it all together with texture and median and Swampy's water color technique.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:02 AM
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That's interesting, Nasturtium.

But let me remind you and most other entrants once again, this contest is a RETOUCHING assignment, not a PHOTOART exercise. I would hate to see entries disqualified or discarded for failing to adhere to the contest criteria.

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:41 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

I removed mine when it was pointed out that this was a retouch only contest. Right now LonK's entry is only one that has followed the rules. I can sense LonK's frustration in trying to get people to understand that this is about retouching the photo not about photo-art! Has there ever been a contest where all the entries but one were disqualified?

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Old 05-08-2009, 05:41 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Just a friendly reminder...make sure that you read and follow the contest rules to avoid having your image disqualified.
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Re: May 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Very interesting indeed, hmmm-m-m,
From the May contest rules, I read: "change colors, etc." This sounds a tad different from the,
"color and tone correction" in the general Retouch directions from the thread above.

To paint or not to paint, that is the question.
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