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Old 07-31-2006, 06:44 AM
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Thank you Both

Today, I closed the photo and will rest my eyes and do more reading on the hows.... The photo links were great... well one was, the second didn't work but the first did and would love the link directly. I'll research there too.

Again thank you both and we'll keep on keeping on!!
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:44 AM
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Streuth! I hope you like a challenge!
I poured over the library of congress also (for a loooong time- I love old photos) and noticed many different styles of the full dress uniform and I found this whilst not an 'ideal' photo, it looks to me closest to what your Humphrey is wearing without the stripes perhaps (he also looks to be not wearing his jacket...maybe?)
Wow... It's 1:00am already!? I'm off...catchya later!
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:13 PM
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littlecoo, yup, i think that's the one! excellent! thank you

i think i'm going to start over now that i've got the original and a good representation of the uniform.

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Old 07-31-2006, 04:53 PM
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Uniform style

That particular uniform was made from tropical worsted wool so not all things fit. I was able to find a few examples... the closest to what we see now is Army khaki. My son tells me that the USMC has specific ways their clothes are creased thus I steared clear of those examples.

My work is getting to where I want it to be... though I have a long long long way yet to go. My goal is to have it look close to the old photos as it can. I have an ear in place. Now am going to close my eyes and dream happy things.

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Old 08-04-2006, 12:22 AM
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Moving along

And not to quickly either.... LOL
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:54 AM
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candy,

tricky one, isnt it i keep thinking this would have made a great image for the monthly contest.

i've put mine aside for now. let me know if you want any help.

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Old 08-04-2006, 07:48 AM
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Hi Kra...

Tricky....... Um is that understated? LOL

I've been working from the bottom up - layer after layer and piece by piece. It is the only way to do it.

I played with the colors last night but with a storm going here at home... I lost the pic twice.... I don't think it was the storm, it was a cashe problem........ I don't have the cashe for a bigger computer!!

But starting it in grayscale was better. As for help... thank you, all opinions are welcome. I think that this is my whale and I hope it's not Moby Dick!

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Old 08-04-2006, 02:10 PM
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hehe, yes, i'm known in other circles for understatement at times

yup, layer by layer is the only way i see of doing it as well. i've started to develop a discipline of taking just one section and doing that on its own layer, then another section on another layer. sounds like you're doing the same. much better than trying to do it all on one layer and having to go back through 300 undos to fix

which uniform did you end up using?

grayscale, hmmm, interesting. might be easier that way for the cleanup and then go back and add color back at the end?

i'll also volunteer this; i quit working on mine because i felt this was one you really wanted to do yourself and that by posting one of my own it would be too much of a 'one-upmanship' thing and i didnt want to do that, regardless of if mine was 'better' or 'worse'. yes, i posted the one early on, but sort of got that this was 'klassylady's project' and that you didnt want other postings. so, the volunteering is, if you do want some smaller area specifically looked at and posted, let me know. sometimes you just want to do the crossword puzzle yourself, with no help

also, i mentioned in my first post that airbrush might be the tool of choice here, but after you posted the original, i think clone would be the right tool on that...mostly.

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Old 08-05-2006, 07:22 AM
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Good Morning Craig

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yup, layer by layer is the only way i see of doing it as well....

which uniform did you end up using?

grayscale, hmmm, interesting. might be easier that way for the cleanup and then go back and add color back at the end?

'klassylady's project'
Layer by layer is the only way to go and like you, I am learning to keep to a formula that will get the best outcome "consistantly". I've always loved your work but you are right, no matter what this is a project that I've got to work on for OPR. I've been frustrated because this is the first of "difficult" work that's got me stumped. I've learned to work in PS7 just but practice, practice and more of the same, not to mention reading a lot of good things and seeing/studying the things I've read here and other places. I'll get it even if I have to walk away from the puzzle every now and then.

As for grayscale, someone suggested it and it's working out well. Lastly, my dear, the uniform was the one of that day. It was called Tropical Worsted. I have a friend that served in the Army and that uniform was still used in the 50's.

I will end with saying this..... please don't stop teaching/communication. You might see something that I can use and don't know. You're very welcome to pitch in with a "have you tried"..... I promise I dont' know everything YET.

Have a wonderful day.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:19 AM
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candy,

ok, you mentioned starting from the bottom and working your way up. i dont know if you meant that literally or figuratively but if you meant it literally you might try going a slightly different route. i wasnt too specific when i said i worked on a section at a time so what i meant was take a certain area, in this image maybe the hat, and work on that. put all your work on that on one layer. it's sort of like working on cell animation where they'll do one arm as a cell and then another part as another cell. there's a real advantage in this in that you can 'flip' through the cells and see how each affects the overall. for us in graphic editors the 'cells' are simply the layers and you just turn each on and off after doing some work to see how it affects things. i'll get 5 or 6 of these stacked up and just sit there and flip each on and off and try different combinations to see if one stands out as flawed more than another. it's a good way also to 'get a fresh look'.

so, you might have a layer that is the hat work, another that is the nose work, another the eyes and so on across the boards. if, somewhere down the line, you decide a given layer really isnt what you want you can either just turn it off and do another of that area or even delete it to get it out of the way. you can even fix a given layer by working into it again as if from scratch. i rarely delete them as there might be something i can still use but i think you get the idea. thus, your workflow and entire project becomes one of compositing all of your layers.

this is a discipline i still work on myself. i rarely, completely, 100% follow this, but i'm working on it it's a lot less frustrating to reject just one layer than ALL your work.

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I've always loved your work...
boy, always love hearing that. flatter me some more and i'll follow you anywhere thank you

re the uniform, i guess i asked that wrong. what i meant to ask was, what image did you get it from? what picture was your guide for the uniform?

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I will end with saying this..... please don't stop teaching/communication.
again, thank you and one last thing i'll throw in here regarding this, we're working in different programs, you ps7 and me psp 10, so if there's ever anything i say, some term or something you dont understand, please let me know. i can usually translate that into photoshop if it's a specific psp thing.

and most of all, do have some fun while you're doing this. i find glueing my hair back in works for me

craig
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