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Old 07-14-2007, 07:16 AM
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Yes I did find it and this is a wonderful place! very homey and helpful!

Heres a very very quick try on the sky correction. Now not too much critique on this as I know its a through together. What I did yesterday was a cloudy grey day so I took my camera and went out and took a pic of the sky, then rearranged the color and levels to more match the photograph then cloned (God, I love clone!) it into the photograph. I have other pics of the sky that I plan to try and I can get much more intricate and smoother than this, but I did want you all to see it. It almost looks like a storm brewing over the mountain!
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Old 07-15-2007, 12:27 AM
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LL, well, that added a lot of mood. i wouldnt go overboard on that. i'd erase a bit of the dark of that sky (you do have it on a separate layer, right?). it's very good work, but it significantly changes the look of the image. it's fine if that's what you or the customer wants, of course. but in restorations, it's a good idea to keep things looking pretty much like the original. the sky was bare and flat, so i do like that you added a bit, but you've now got it as a darkening, gloomy sky sort of image and that just changes it a bit much. make sense?

as for layers, think glass. each layer is like a blank piece of glass, completely transparent at heart. and each layer stacks on top of the next. so, if you were looking down from the top through the rest, like glass, you would see down through the layers, providing there was nothing on the various panes of glass. that's the simplicity of it. every layer is like that.

but, where it gets a bit more complex is, some of the 'glass' you stack up has something on it. you can put whole separate images on top of other images this way but you're only going to see the one on top, or, the one that is highlighted if you have one other than the top one highlighted. but, it's always the same rule even if you have one down in the middle highlilghted. EVERY layer below that one is in the stack. by highlighting you are simply putting yourself right over that piece of glass, instead of the one that is actually on top. with me so far?

'adjustment layers' are specialized layers. but, they still follow the same rule. things like 'levels', 'curves', and 'hue/saturation' can be adjustment layers. they 'adjust' the 'glass' below them based on what they do. the closer the lower layers are to the top, beneath the adjustment layer, the more influence the adjustment layer has on it.

ok, there's still a bit more to layers, but i'll let you play with that for a while
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:43 PM
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ok give me time to figure all this out. layers aren't easy for me. at all. I work straight up and just don't understand how to do that within the programs. I do get the concept and if I were to be able to physically do this I could do it in a I guess flash is yet another avenue..hehe..
give me a brush and some colored be happy..hehe..
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