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Old 06-22-2011, 11:35 PM
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Could you do this? I'm not sure I can!

A client has sent in a request that I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do realistically. I'm trying to work out whether to attempt it or tell her to re-shoot.. what would you do?

In the exterior image she wants me to landscape the dirt, and in the bathroom she wants me to remove all the reflections from the glass shower screen.

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Old 06-23-2011, 12:22 AM
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Re: Could you do this? I'm not sure I can!

The reflections on the glass shower screen would be quite difficult, wouldn't have been hard to deal with them at the shooting stage but it depends a lot on the client and the reason for the image whether its worth reshooting.

Adding grass isn't all that hard, I checked a few free texture sites and found a suitable image of a grass bank. First fix the front steps and extend the pillar to the left, then create a decent mask for the dirt area where you want to replace with grass. The grass image I used was quite bright compared with the house shot at dusk so I simply duplicated the grass layer then set it to multiply and lowered the opacity. I then created a dodge layer and a burn layer and gave the grass a light bit of shading to help it sit right with the lighting of the image, also darken edges where there should be shadow.

This only took 5 minutes working on a tiny jpeg so the results could be easier with a large file and shouldn't take too long, you could also have your client purchase a stock image of grass if you cant find a suitable free one.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:33 AM
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Re: Could you do this? I'm not sure I can!

Rule number 1 - if the client gives you a problem, find a solution! Look for a library shot of some lawn or a garden (yard?) which could be contained within the boundaries of the visible soil. Avoid images which involve cutting out wispy branches of trees and shrubs in front of the building if possible. Luckily, such a property would look good with a nice simple lawn anyway. If you can't find the correct orientation or workable lighting, go out and shoot some well kept lawns or flower beds at the local park. The shower is tricky, but I would advise the client to go for a partial clean up of the reflections rather than a complete blitz. Shiny tiles, mirrors and glass equals reflections! They are probably concerned that the all the reflected angles and lines are confusing the impression of the layout so concentrate on knocking back those elements till the ambiguity is removed. Consider creating a patch of clean wall from the existing tiles (bath panel?) and distorting them to match the perspective of the tiles behind the glass. Using this patch as a layer, use restore and opacity tools to recover the helpful reflections. You can probably do quite a bit with curves/layers as well but someone else can type that lot! Good luck and don't give up.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:59 AM
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Re: Could you do this? I'm not sure I can!

Thanks guys, and nice work MacBurg! Both suggestions are what I would have tried, glad to hear I'm on the right track.
If you happen to have any links to good free texture sites I'd be very appreciative!

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