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Old 06-05-2009, 03:36 PM
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Thanks, I'm blond, but not quite that blond. Actually what I had done, was initially crop the images so he filled all the area, and then I couldn't change it to 800 x 600. You are quite right, the image will nicely crop to 800 x 600, just leaving more background than I wanted.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:32 AM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

sounds like a good challenge to me ill do my best to cut this dancer out im gonna spend the rest of today making a start -thanks for this opportunity to get feedback practice the craft of photoshop and win this comp - i agree with veralisa i think the feathers at the back have gaps and the blurred parts are further awawy do not to be cut anway have fun

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Old 06-07-2009, 09:41 PM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

AAAGGGG!!!!

Now that I started I can't stop.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:57 AM
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Poor Ruzzez. You have my heartfelt sympathy. Hahahaha.

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P.S. just joking
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:18 AM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Without a doubt, this assignment seems daunting at first look, but it needn't be very difficult. Actually, you can do it without even making/using a mask. Here is a basic workflow that should be quite simple to follow.

1. Using the full size original, duplicate background layer. Name the dup "stencil".
2. Between these two layers, add a solid color fill (white) adjustment layer.
3. With the stencil layer active, use the polygonal lasso tool to select the subject. No need to be very accurate, just quickly surround the subject. When done, Ctrl-shft-I to invert the selection. Hit backspace to delete the selected area. The white from the underlying layer will show through. Most of the background is now gone. Next is the tedious part of the process.
4. Still on the stencil layer, zoom in very close. Again, use the polygonal lasso tool to select a "hole"; backspace to delete it. Continue selecting/deleting "holes" until all of the background is gone -- replaced by the white in the fill layer.
5. To make the shadow, duplicate the stencil layer and fill the cutout with black. Name it "shadow". Use transformation to pull down "shadow" towards bottom of the subject and fit as expected. Guassian blur that result slightly. Move the "shadow" layer just below the "stencil" layer.
6. Crop and resize as required.

In lieu of the polygonal lasso tool, you could also use the standard lasso tool or pen tool. For very small areas you could use the erase tool or simply paint white.

Work in several short sessions taking extended breaks in between. You'll be surprised how quickly you can complete it.

How will you do it?
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:20 AM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Hi all
nice contest, this one
what do you all think: is the requirement of rmoving the entry number for the number only, or for the page with the number on it?
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:04 PM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Good lord!
i might attempt this, just thinking if i have a spare week or two
Gary...
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:21 PM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

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Hi all
nice contest, this one
what do you all think: is the requirement of rmoving the entry number for the number only, or for the page with the number on it?
k
I was hoping that BOTH the entry number and page would be removed to present a cleaner appearance.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:26 PM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Kudos to Lonnie for the workflow tips and to Shalford for being the first to brave the contest!
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:28 PM
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Re: June 09 Contest Discussion Thread

Selecting Feathers

Making a clean cutout of the tiny fuzzy feathers can be challenging. Here's a useful technique.

1. Zoom in pretty close. (These are the feathers on top of the subjects head.)
2. You can actually make a rather rough polygonal lasso tool selection of the background around the feathers. Work with small areas at a time. Select then backspace to delete backgound and reveal white as I explained in my last post.
3. Activate the smudge tool and select a spatter brush tip. Click the brush once (don't drag) partly inside the area.
4. Move the brush away and Shift-click the brush. This contrains the stroke to a straight line and...
5. ...pulls some pixels outward making soft streaks. (Experiment and vary brush size, smudge strenth and streak direction.)
6. Continue doing this around the edges. You can also push the white inward. Sharpen if you wish.

With care you can make convincingly soft feathers on your cutout (much better than my quickie example).

Hope this is helpful...
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