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Old 02-08-2007, 08:14 AM
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Re: Help with integration please

Thank you very much for the input....

I think I've now finished to a degree that I'm satisfied with, but I work always in a very backwards and forwards (and sideways) way, so I just kept in mind what everyone had suggested.

I used an earlier version of the pic - I think maybe the one johnnieB posted, where adjustments have been made, and where I like the colour a lot.

I then selected and altered the wall as suggested by Swampy.

I selected and copied the shadow and ivy from the first buttress on the wall back to the second buttress on the wall. (There was too much going on in the brickwork before I think...) I filled in the foliage.

I still wasn't happy about the dog's integration - so did something I have never tried before. I selected dog and saved the selection via the selection menu. I then copied the dog onto the clipboard. I went back to the selection menu and reduced the selection by about 5 pixels, I then gave it a feathering of about another 5 pixels. It was therefore reduced in size by about 10 pixels in total from the original selection. I picked up a colour in the wall (the yellowish wall) behind the dog. I used the paint bucket to fill the new selection area with the yellow-ish colour at 100 opacity. I then pasted the original dog back into the picture, and reduced his opacity by about 5%. I felt quite pleased the colour shift this produced.

I added some shadow for the dog.

Because I was working with an earlier version the image was quite soft all over. Given the nature of 'oldness' that the scene has for me I felt that was okay. I sharpened the dog a bit, but not much. Maybe I did so more locally on the eyes and nose?

I then darkened the image leaving the centre lighter.

Peter - what you say about the dog is I'm sure right. I quite often do stuff with mild distortion - this size of the dog being typical. I've decided to keep him big, though understand many might prefer him smaller, because it would be more realistic.

Many thanks for the suggestions. This pix was heading for the bin - it works for me now - though it might not for others
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:25 AM
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Re: Help with integration please

Okay

Now a few minutes later.

I selected the dog, inverted, and added a blur of just 0.2 to the rest of the pic


Later add....
I can also see some crude cloning problems, but will sort those if I do it bigger.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:16 AM
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Re: Help with integration please

Much, much better than the original, Canna!

I find that much of what goes into doing a project is analysing what the problems are within the given photo(s). Through years of experience and observation of "life" your eye and senses become attuned to what "looks right".

In digitial editing you can almost make a check list.

1. Perspective (as the wall)
2. Over all photo quality (JPEG artifacting etc.)
3. Output size and resolution requirements (72 PPI or 300 PPI)
4. Natural colors (what might the camera settings have done to effect the shot)
5. Distractions (what might be drawing the eye away from the focal point, phone wires, litter etc. that might need removing)
6. Sharpening, Cropping, etc.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:55 AM
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Many thanks Swampy - and that list looks very useful, I shall make a note of it
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