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Old 08-02-2009, 10:13 AM
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Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

August 09 Contest – Extraction/Coloring

Carousel Productions wants a poster created from the below image. They want the horse removed from the background and placed on a white background. Make sure the horse is as large as possible to fill the white background. In keeping with the carousel theme, the company wants the horse painted like a carousel horse while maintaining the realism of the horse. In short, they want the horse to look like it was actually painted and DO NOT want it turned into a plastic sculpture.

Source Image: StockVault website: Horse in the Netherlands. Photo taken by Theheijt.

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Prize: Topaz Vivacity and Topaz Adjust, both donated by Topaz Labs

Prize Description: Topaz Vivacity is an advanced Photoshop plug-in suite that uses the latest in wavelet-based image enhancement technology. It is jam-packed with the best image enhancement tools on the market and is an integral part of any image enhancement workflow.

Topaz Adjust uses advanced algorithms to achieve unique exposure effects and adjustments in seconds. It offers the user full control over creative exposure, color, and detail effects, and has the ability to save and reuse presets for maximum convenience. It is also highly capable of noise reduction.


1. Contest will run from 2 Aug to 24 Aug 2009. Deadline for entries is 5pm (Central Daylight Savings Time).

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

3. Tasks:
  • Remove horse and place on a white background
  • Add shadow to white background to give horse depth
  • Paint horse to resemble a carousel horse, but keep horse realistic looking (DO NOT make the horse look like a sculpture)
  • Crop image to make horse as large as possible
  • DO NOT add text
  • Final image must be exactly 800 pixels high by 600 pixels wide (portrait format)

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 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 Aug to 31 Aug. Only those with entries may vote.

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, do not change your votes. The votes are tallied as them come in so any changes in the votes may not be reflected in the final results.

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 08-02-2009, 04:31 PM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

Carousel Stallion on the Loose
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Last edited by LonK; 08-06-2009 at 12:17 PM. Reason: Reformat to comply with contest brief
Old 08-06-2009, 01:27 PM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

They stand in line to ride the War Pony.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:36 PM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

Changed it to an USA carousel... Round N Round we go!
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:26 AM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

Ride a Painted Pony
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:19 AM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

Oh boy...I changed "he" to a "she" (was that allowed?) then used assorted files for enhancement. And just a teeny, tiny bit better today. Thank you for your "get better" messages.
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:25 PM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

here's my horse
i hope u enjoy it...
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:13 AM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

Good work everyone!
Please see it at 100%

Here is my try.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:28 AM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

Here is my entry
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:08 PM
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Re: Aug 09 Contest - Extraction/Coloring

Here is mine.
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