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Old 05-24-2002, 11:47 PM
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Nice tip DJ. I've been busy making backgrounds all night. Nice and easy... gotta love it!

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Old 05-25-2002, 07:40 AM
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Another way/More control

Another way to make backgrounds and give you more control over the outcome is:

Select your colors

Render clouds

Render lighting effects

You can use the default light for now, but change the pattern to a circle

Pull the circle out to as big or small as you want it.

Adjust the intensity (6), Focus (3) and Property, Matte -50. That's what this one is set for but of course you can experiment as much as you like.

You can move the light pattern you just created to any location on your backdrop. So if you need a hotspot behind somebodys head you put it higher, you know what I mean.

I'm new to this website and thought I would share that with you because I too struggled with "what to do for a background".

I hope it helps someone!

Respectfully,

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Old 05-25-2002, 09:31 AM
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Welcome aboard Joe. Thanks for tip. It definately adds a new demension to making backgrounds. I will have to try it out for sure. Never thought of using the lighting effects but I can see where that would open up a lot of variations.
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Old 09-20-2002, 05:54 PM
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Talking Backdrop modification

I took your backdrop and played with it in Photoshop, adjusting it with Curves. You can produce an unlimited range of effects.

Check out this photo, using you modified background.

http://www.bouldercitybmx.com/photog...drop-photo.jpg
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Old 09-20-2002, 06:07 PM
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Hey Lawrence, that looks great. I'm glad you found it a useful tip. Looks like you can adjust it infinately which is great. That little fellow is adorable. The background works real well with that shot. Also, I see this is your first post so I want to say welcome to Retouch Pro. I think you're really going to have a fun time here. Look forward to seeing more of your work.
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Old 10-07-2003, 06:58 PM
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Backdrop

I'm not too good at this but I can't get the light in the center of the canvas. I'm using radial gradient as instructed.
Can some one tell me what to do?
Thanks
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Old 10-07-2003, 08:31 PM
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Hello, gadelallo, and Welcome to RetouchPRO.

I'm not familiar with this technique specifically, but in reading through the thread I noticed there are two methods described:

1. The first one by DJ uses a Radial Gradient, the result of which doesn't really yield a light in the middle of the canvas.

2. The other uses the Lighting Effects filter, which Joe described and lkeeney used in his example.

So, I'm not quite sure how to help you. Have you tried the Render > Lighting Effects method Joe described?

~DannyR~
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Old 10-08-2003, 04:11 PM
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Backdrop

lkeeney
Great job- how did you get the boy on the backdrop. Did you use extract and if you did how did you get all hos hair to come out so perfect.
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:02 PM
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Nice tip indeed..

One of which I have been employing a lot of lately, and thats the use of the 'Fade' command.

Too bad you only get one shot at its use and its not edit able like an adjustment layer.

Oh well, can't win them all.
Nice Tip
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:27 AM
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How do you apply a radial gradient?

May seem a stupid question to you but for me I'm stumped at the first hurdle.
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