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Old 07-19-2004, 09:05 AM
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Well done Gary! Thanks for sharing your technique.


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Old 10-12-2004, 03:13 AM
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skylight

As some others inhere did, i just entered the quickmask and painted the rays i wanted - added a adjustmentslayer and lightned the rays in curves.

After i made the "main rays" i exited the quickmask and adjusted with brust in the mask. Opacity is a good function for this....

Perhaps it could be more powerfull but i choose this edition ´inspired by the danish weather :-( ´... just nice and smooth!

hope you like...
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Old 10-12-2004, 01:04 PM
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Hi,
I tried something simple that seems to work.....

-On a new layer...Made a grey to white, grey to white, grey to white, etc. gradient and drew it about a 1/4 across the page.

-changed the layer mode to lighten and opacity about 17%.

-Use free transform to skew and shape the rays adding some perspective.




My original gradient before transform is also here to view. PS...make sure the NON gradient areas are transparent and NOT WHITE as viewed here....

Let me know if this works for anyone...
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Old 10-12-2004, 01:46 PM
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yeah but...

Hi!

I think its looks nice, but, as i see it, it gets too monotome. By that i mean that the rays have the same distance - i need some more random (or what it called in english)

But besides that i think that the power looks very nice and got the "gloss".

thats all...

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Hi,
I tried something simple that seems to work.....

-On a new layer...Made a grey to white, grey to white, grey to white, etc. gradient and drew it about a 1/4 across the page.

-changed the layer mode to lighten and opacity about 17%.

-Use free transform to skew and shape the rays adding some perspective.




My original gradient before transform is also here to view. PS...make sure the NON gradient areas are transparent and NOT WHITE as viewed here....

Let me know if this works for anyone...
Thanks
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Old 10-12-2004, 03:42 PM
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Thanks for the advice gamo...I agree.

I took what I had and copied the rays layer...scaled it smaller and used a warming filter on it for randomness.

Is there another way to improve this look?
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Old 10-12-2004, 10:09 PM
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Nice work Gamo!

WideAngle, I like your gradient approach and really like your second attempt. The few warm rays really add a realistic touch to the photo. The only other thing I might do is blur the edges of the rays. Some of the rays have very distinct hard outlines that appear unnatural. This is especially evident in the bottom of the ray on the right of the image. Overall, nicely done. Thanks for sharing your technique.


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Old 10-13-2004, 01:57 AM
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I agree with T Paul.
Let the rays fade out down in the trees, so it gets weaker infront of,- or simply goes behind the trees.

Perhaps the rays shouldnt have the exact same source.

Nice with the "warm" touch...

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Old 10-13-2004, 09:08 AM
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Thank you so much for your feedback...taking your advice...I've faded the rays blurred them a bit and added a second set of them at a new angle hopefully showing another source...or bounce off the clouds.



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Old 10-13-2004, 01:08 PM
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Very nicely done, and bonus points for continuing to master your technique. The only other thing I might try is to experiment with the Foreground to Transparent setting in the Gradient Options window. This way you can make the rays appear brighter at the light source and then subtly fade away. There are many other ways to do this including layers and opacity modes, curves, burning and so on. So try them all and see which one you like best.

Great job!

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Old 10-13-2004, 01:39 PM
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cant be much better... nice job!
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