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Old 01-07-2009, 06:26 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

Hi Aleksman71,
I like your rendition also. Did you use a mask and then added the background as a separate layer then blend?
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:28 PM
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thanks for the link to the textures palms1.
they are all really awesome! I think I downloaded about 10 of them!
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:02 AM
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Re: help with overlays?

No,I did background as a new layer,I just erased what was over the flower.
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:59 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

I did a couple of photos last night using that same technique. I haven't figured out how to do a mask yet. I have tried on my own but just not getting it. Doing the background as a separate layer and selecting overlay option and playing with the adjustments, then going back and erasing has been working ok.
But I'm sure there is an easier way.
Here are the two that I did last night if you'd like to take a look.

Also anyone else is welcome to see also, especially those of you helping me out.
I really appreciate everyone's input.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...plegerbera.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/hibiscus.jpg
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:56 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

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I did a couple of photos last night using that same technique. I haven't figured out how to do a mask yet. I have tried on my own but just not getting it. Doing the background as a separate layer and selecting overlay option and playing with the adjustments, then going back and erasing has been working ok.
But I'm sure there is an easier way.
Here are the two that I did last night if you'd like to take a look.

Also anyone else is welcome to see also, especially those of you helping me out.
I really appreciate everyone's input.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...plegerbera.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/hibiscus.jpg
Nice pictures.
The trouble with using the eraser is that it is destructive and if you use too many history states up, you can't always go back.

A quick way to mask is, on a duped layer make a selection around what you want to see, then in the layers panel at the bottom, click on the "Add layer mask" button. This very quickly adds your mask and everything is still there, just some of it is hidden.
Then you can add your own BG underneath this layer.
Another tip, click on the mask, then add a little Gaussian blur, I used 1pixel for the attached example mask, this just softens the edges slightly and makes it blend in better.

Thats how I masked the attached flower pic, the BG was done similar to the way OB has done his, (thanks for the mention OB), but with a few other tweaks.

Hope this helps.

Peter
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Last edited by Peter S; 01-08-2009 at 06:14 PM. Reason: Added another with a different BG
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:30 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

I really love those backgrounds! I have started a new folder for backgrounds and having a great deal of fun. Your backgrounds are very interesting. Love them. Did you make them yourself? I plan to start taking my own background photos to get my own textures etc. I have a couple of concrete and paint ones that I found from free textures online. But now I realize how much more interesting my flower photos will be with better backgrounds!
Can't wait to try out the masking directions that you've given me.
I'll post some results soon! I hope my rendition will provide good results.
I'm so appreciative for everyone's input.
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:49 AM
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Re: help with overlays?

Looking good Starsong As Peter says masking is the way to go as you can correct any mistakes
I have found a couple of links for you

Layer masks

quick masks

They should work the same for most versions of ps

and it is a great idea to make your own textures and backgrounds

Oh and it is fun too

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Old 01-09-2009, 07:07 PM
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Hi all,
well, I feel that I'm making progress...
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...ldofDaisys.jpg
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:42 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

I gave it another try tonight.
I will have fun playing around this weekend. I'm going to take some shots and make my own backgrounds, also plan to work on HDR techniques.
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...niesOrchid.jpg
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:32 AM
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Hi all,
well, I feel that I'm making progress...
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...ldofDaisys.jpg
It also looks like you are making progress, nice work and it sounds as if you are enjoying it as well

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