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Old 12-14-2008, 07:14 PM
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tattoo help required

Usually I have no problem cloning out a tattoo on a picture but in this reference image I would like to isolate the dragon image and better yet get
a good looking vector image for reproducing this image. My friend would like
a tattoo identical to this, what is best method to use using Adobe cs3?
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:23 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

It can be done.

However, if you upload a higher res image, the results will be much better than with this small image since it will have much more detail.


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Usually I have no problem cloning out a tattoo on a picture but in this reference image I would like to isolate the dragon image and better yet get
a good looking vector image for reproducing this image. My friend would like
a tattoo identical to this, what is best method to use using Adobe cs3?
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:41 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

just take the image and outline the design using the pen tool...
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:51 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

xxmen,
Just treat it like creating a mask. Examine the colors of the tatoo vs the skin. In CMYK you will notice the tat has more cyan, magenta and black. Do a few hue/sat layers to build those colors and lessen the yellows. Then add a curves layer and push the highlights very bright and the darks darker. Then add a layer in overlay w/ fill of 50% gray and paint over with a white brush in overlay mode. This pushes any pixels more than 50% gray to white. You then have something like the image below.

You can clean it up a little to your liking.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:28 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

Convert it to grayscale

Adjust contrast and density to taste.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:43 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

To extract the tatoo, select>>>color range>>>shadows.... copy>>paste>>make new layer filled with white under it.

very simple

-Hope it helps
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:29 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

Sorry TommyO,

I don't understand your process when using hue and saturation.Can you explain in more detail your step process? This technique seems like a more inticate way to select as opposed to the color range technique. Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:30 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

I don't know that it is more intricate, but it can be just as fast as any other technique. I only used four layers and it took about 2 minutes. As with any mask, the key is to find a way to accentuate the darker colors and diminish the lighter ones.

I only used the hue/sat layer to increase cyan & magenta, since they are a component of the tatoo color. I then used channel mixer to increase the black. You could do this numerous ways, as the others have mentioned.

In a very traditional technique, I added a curves layer and pushed highlights lighter and darks darker.

The fourth layer was just the blank layer, set to overlay, with the 50% gray fill. It is often used this way to clean up edges. Painting with white lightens any pixels lighter than 50% gray; painting with black darkens any pixels darker than the 50% gray. You don't have to be careful with the brush at all, just slap it on, use as big a brush as you want at full opacity. In this case white was all you needed. You can even fill the layer with white to prevent brushing.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:15 PM
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Re: tattoo help required

Use TommyO's method + some unsharp mask.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:37 AM
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Re: tattoo help required

If you want it to be vector, follow one (or more) of the sets of directions given, then place the file in Illustrator and do a live trace. This image traces well.

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