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Dog picture critique: I want to help a client....

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Old 04-03-2007, 08:39 PM
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Dog picture critique: I want to help a client....

Hello All,

This is my first post here so bare with me if this is posted in the wrong place.

I have a new client who I had my first shoot with over the weekend. During the shoot I met her mother who has a 16 year old dog who is on his last leg. She has always wanted a painting of her dog but has never been able to get it done for one reason or another. So when no one was looking I took a photo of the dog while no one was looking and wanted to suprise her with a painted image.

My problem is I have NO clue how to do it and I need to get these photos posted tonight. Can anyone help me or recomend an action for CS2?

Thanks,

Jeff
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:37 PM
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Re: I want to help a client....

You can try the line art local tutorial, by Swampy i think.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:13 PM
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Re: I want to help a client....

Ok folks, I took a look at Swampy's video and then added a flare of my own and this is what I came up with... Let me know what you think.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:17 PM
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Re: I want to help a client....

To me it looks good. Maybe the dog fades a little toward his rear end. If you got the time probably messing around with the tonal values of the background before the efect will help, try a brush maybe if you don't want to isolate the dog and use adjustment layers.
I'm a newbie and acused of being artistically retarded, there is not much else I can come up with...
Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:31 AM
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Re: I want to help a client....

I think your client will be impressed with your caring and your efforts.

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Old 04-04-2007, 10:38 AM
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Re: I want to help a client....

For a first time at bat, you whacked a home run. Well done.
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...If you got the time probably messing around with the tonal values of the background...
I agree. See attachment for a suggested approach.

Here's how I did it:
* Drag guides to 50% H, 50% V
* Choose Elliptical selection tool
* While holding down ALT, drag a selection from where the guides intersect
* Select > Inverse selection
* Press Q to engage Quick Mask
* Apply Gaussian Blur to fade edges
* Press Q again
* Add a Levels adjustment layer
* Drag middle slider right to taste

...When you print, suggest you do so on a watercolor-type paper or canvas, not traditional photo paper. I'm sure she'll like the result.
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Old 04-04-2007, 03:45 PM
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Re: Dog picture critique: I want to help a client....

BabiesNBellies

>> Ok folks, I took a look at Swampy's video and then added a flare of my own and this is what I came up with... Let me know what you think.

Glad you got something out of the tutorial. :-) Ya done good!

Danny, the vignette really adds a nice touch since it softens all that light background, adds some subtile color and focuses on the dog.
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:25 PM
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Re: I want to help a client....

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Ok folks, I took a look at Swampy's video and then added a flare of my own and this is what I came up with... Let me know what you think.
This is a fine first try (or any try!). I think your client will love the painting!
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