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Old 11-02-2002, 06:49 PM
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Red Maple Leaves

I took these leaves off my red maple tree today and scanned them, then made a picture from them (after it got too dark to rake leaves, okay? Grrr...I hate it when yardwork takes me away from retouchpro!). I will also upload the leaves as they came off the scanner so you can play with them too...unless YOU are too busy raking your own!

I made the background from the leaves as well, by making layers and layers of them and turning/flipping them every which way till they filled the screen, then made it into a repeating pattern on PS. I know they have a pattern maker feature, but I have not tried it yet...just used the other-->offset filter as I am used to doing.

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Old 11-02-2002, 06:52 PM
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Scanned pic of leaves

Here is the original picture of the leaves, in case you want yet another excuse to waste time and avoid yardwork.

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Old 07-13-2006, 12:59 AM
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looking through some of the older posts. phyllis did an incredible job on her pic.

thought i'd take her individual leaves and do something with them.

the elusive and rare, maple flower

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Old 07-13-2006, 08:30 AM
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I started to "leave" this one alone, but then I changed my mind...

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Old 07-13-2006, 01:35 PM
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Great work Craig and Steve quite inspirational (except for the pun steve ! ! !)

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Old 07-13-2006, 05:08 PM
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I'll admit that puns are not something that require much inspiration.

Thanks anyway.

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Great work Craig and Steve quite inspirational (except for the pun steve ! ! !)

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Old 07-13-2006, 09:58 PM
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nice steve.

thanks palms

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Old 07-14-2006, 11:33 AM
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Thanks...but I am still trying to figure out how you moved all those leaves into that tight little group. Nice idea.

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nice steve.



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Old 07-14-2006, 01:13 PM
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thanks steve

i extracted two leaves to separate images. i rotated them to be vertical. starting with the darker one i put it on a blank layer over the original image (though this turned out not to be necessary). i then warped this a tiny bit.

i then took the lighter leaf and put it on a blank layer but offset from the other leaf and tilted a bit. i then warped the outer edges inward a bit. i then did the same on the other side of the dark leaf and warped the out area inwards.

i then did the same with two dark leaves offset from the lighter ones and basically did the same sort of warping and then lastly the light leaf in the foreground

each of the leaves was on its own layer but offset from the others so as to build from the back to the front and warped each as necessary to give that cupped, turned sort of look as if it were petals on a flower.

after i had the whole built up i then just used eraser to wipe the various stems, leaving only one. and, i cleaned up the edges a bit and warped a tiny bit more here and there.

being that all were on separate layers, i then copy merged all to one layer and added another blank layer with a background gradient fill and used a blend mode to finish things off.

it was a long ways to go for such a simple looking thing

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Old 07-14-2006, 03:56 PM
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Looked simple when I first looked at it. Then I realized there was a bit more that went into it than first meets the eye. And there certainly was.

Too bad it couldn't be made into a script....or could it? Hmmmmm.

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thanks steve

i extracted two leaves to separate images. i rotated them to be vertical. starting with the darker one i put it on a blank layer over the original image (though this turned out not to be necessary). i then warped this a tiny bit.

i then took the lighter leaf and put it on a blank layer but offset from the other leaf and tilted a bit. i then warped the outer edges inward a bit. i then did the same on the other side of the dark leaf and warped the out area inwards.

i then did the same with two dark leaves offset from the lighter ones and basically did the same sort of warping and then lastly the light leaf in the foreground

each of the leaves was on its own layer but offset from the others so as to build from the back to the front and warped each as necessary to give that cupped, turned sort of look as if it were petals on a flower.

after i had the whole built up i then just used eraser to wipe the various stems, leaving only one. and, i cleaned up the edges a bit and warped a tiny bit more here and there.

being that all were on separate layers, i then copy merged all to one layer and added another blank layer with a background gradient fill and used a blend mode to finish things off.

it was a long ways to go for such a simple looking thing

craig
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