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Old 06-19-2007, 04:54 PM
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No Man is an Island

This montage is made from a single image. I photographed this buck this morning and isolated him from the background. Then I used the image additively in different layers to create the image.

I just loved the expression on the bucks face.
Hope you enjoy this one.

Virginia
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:12 PM
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That's cool, Virginia!
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:14 PM
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Re: No Man is an Island

An amazing shot and very interesting manipulation. Talk about the epitomy of the expression, "Deer looking into headlights!"

I didn't check the EXIF info... What lens did you use on this one? About how far away were you when you snapped this beauty of nature?
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:21 PM
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That's cool, Virginia!
Thanks Swampy!
Glad you enjoyed my fun!

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Old 06-19-2007, 05:30 PM
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Re: No Man is an Island

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An amazing shot and very interesting manipulation. Talk about the epitomy of the expression, "Deer looking into headlights!"

I didn't check the EXIF info... What lens did you use on this one? About how far away were you when you snapped this beauty of nature?
Thanks, Danny

Unfortunately you don't get EXIF info once you extract an image. I just checked my original NEF. I used the Nikon D200 and 18-200mm VR lens for this one, spot metering, ISO 400, f/8, 1/40 sec. 120 mm focal length.

I was probably about 15 ft away, but that's just a guess.

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Old 06-19-2007, 07:23 PM
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At ~15 feet, I'll bet both of you were wide-eyed. Simply a great shot.

Thx for the tech info.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:33 AM
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Re: No Man is an Island

How do you this, I'm new using photoshop but is something I want to do, Could you Help me?
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:40 PM
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Re: No Man is an Island

Pictures (hopefully) worth 1000 words. [pretend I can draw, OK? ]

Conceptually one needs to isolate the deer onto a separate layer. There are various ways to do this... Extract Tool, Lasso, Layer Masks, Quick Mask, Pen tool. "Which" method to use is image and skill/experience dependent.

For lots of info on learning how to make selections,
Google: Photoshop tutorial selections

Once the deer is isolated (copied by himself) onto a separate layer, then the fun begins. Duplicate the layer several times and move layers here/there. You can use the Transform tool to make BIG or little versions, as well as "flip" them horizontally so they appear to be "looking the other way."

To get really serious, one could include leg shadows, too... but that would be a lot of time/effort for something fun like this.

Anyway, welcome to RetouchPROhope. Hope these silly examples help you connect a few dots. Ask more ?'s if you have any.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:27 PM
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Thanks for popping in here, Danny.

I usually use Fluid Mask for selections, then convert the selection to a *.psb file in Photoshop. Unlike other methods, saving the image "selection" as a psb file allows you to make image copies and scale them without changing the resolution. I've created a library of images I've isolated and saved as psb files so it makes it easy to reuse them.

Then I open a new canvas (eg. 10 x 8) and "place" the psb file on the canvas. It comes into the image on a separate layer. Then you can copy your image and manipulate easily as Danny has suggested.

On top of the background layer, I often place another background. Here that's been modified separately.

There are lots of possibilities especially when combined with filters, opacity and blending.

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Old 07-13-2007, 06:36 PM
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Good info, Virginia. thx for the follow-up detail.

I wuz trying to keep it vanilla for the rookie.
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