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Old 01-04-2009, 09:12 AM
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I'd like a good tutorial on overlays. I enjoy taking photos of flowers, and would like to sharpen my Photoshop skills to learn how to add an overlay.
Please see the link to my Gerbera Daisy Pink photo. Taken in my garden last Summer (2008). I'd like to add a whimsical or romantic feel. I made a few attempts and trashed it. Maybe I just need some more ideas to get started.
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...flowerpink.jpg
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:03 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

Starsong not quite sure what you mean by overlays ? but it would be a big help if you could let us know which software you are using ?

in the meantime take a look at this link for the "orton technique " (one of many out there )

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Old 01-06-2009, 04:22 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

Is this something like what you were wanting to know...
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:06 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

yes, that is what I was talking about. I actually had a rendition similiar to that but trashed it. Often times my flower photos have things in the background that I'd like to get rid of. I use the selecting tool and delete the items. What I'm now trying to learn is how to do overlays with textures etc. without them looking so plain and ordinary. I don't want people to see my flower photos and think of it as just another flower photo. I'd like to make it into a piece of art that someone would like to hang on their wall! I like the overlays that are on Graphic Authority. I may have to take a Photoshop class as our local community college. I do use Photoshop vers. 8, CS.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:14 PM
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Re: help with overlays?

I tried the Orton technique as palms1 referred me to, but the effect doesn't look quite right.
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...epinkbloom.jpg
Maybe if it were a different picture?
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:52 AM
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Re: help with overlays?

Starsong,
I used the extraction tool on a copy of your original 'Pink Flower' to get an extraction mask (Extraction tutorial movie HERE, Tis a Quicktime movie may be a wait.. be patient!)
Then on a copy of the original I ran PeterS's 'Strange' Action found here
Then put the masked flower on top of the layers
then applied your Sig just for fun

I did not sharpen or play with your original other than a quick extraction and then used it in the action..

This method gives you ample opportunities to enhance your already nice photos if this is what you are interested in? The action could be replaced with any artsy picture or any other background you wanted to use..

Hope this helps some.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:11 AM
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Re: help with overlays?

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I tried the Orton technique as palms1 referred me to, but the effect doesn't look quite right.
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...epinkbloom.jpg
Maybe if it were a different picture?
You have that right some pictures work better than others with the technique ( which is the same for most techniques ) I made this technique into a action so that it is quicker to do and see if it is the effect i want I used this on the first image it is just one way of getting a dreamy look

Olbaldy has given you some great pointers and links (thanks for that i will have a look at them ) Personally i mask i find it easier and i get better results ( again it is a personal thing )

the second image i have posted is using textures i masked the flower and put the texture as a background then added the texture to the top and reduced opacity and soft light blendmode
here is a recent post with a few links in
and if this is more to your liking here is a gallery i admire (one of many i may add )
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:17 AM
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Re: help with overlays?

Thanks OlBaldy that effect really makes my photo look groovy! I'll have to play around a bit to see what I come up with! Thank you for sharing your ideas! It's very appreciated! : )

palms1, the effect that you've used looks very nice and exactly what I'm trying to get.
The texture really enhances the photo and makes it more interesting.
I have started downloading some textures and will spend more time on it this weekend. I have literally thousands of photos that I've taken that I can experiment with!
Thank you!!!
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:43 AM
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Re: help with overlays?

this is the texture i used on the flower


texture

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Re: help with overlays?

One more from me.


http://www.shrani.si/f/1P/nh/2zioxkmB/flower2.jpg
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