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manyhats
06-22-2006, 08:00 PM
Trying to learn how to use PS a little better. I converted this from Raw. Still have MUCHHH to learn!! But I had fun!!
Any C&C welcome.............:eek: May not understand, but go ahead!!:)


http://www.maj.com/gallery/tinytails/Photos/arabesque_flight1.jpg

Michael

geckonia
06-22-2006, 08:33 PM
Nice one, Michael! I like the pose very much, and the addition of a second little bug on the grass. Looks like you know what you're doing with the RAW conversion. Only thing I would be tempted to do now is smooth out the BG a bit more. It's a little noisy/busy/colorful and is competing with that glorious dragonfly.

Hope to see more like this from you!

:D geck

Windbreaker
06-22-2006, 08:40 PM
That is what I would call the catch of the day! ditto the background thing

manyhats
06-22-2006, 09:24 PM
I agree with you both on the background. What process would you suggest? I am a PS NEWBIE, but have good understanding. I'm using PS 7.0. Still have a PSD file/ layers to play with.
THX,
M

damar
06-22-2006, 09:28 PM
Great capture!

Windy
06-23-2006, 03:08 AM
Love the pose!

geckonia
06-24-2006, 11:30 PM
Here's a simplified version for you to consider, Michael. This is a quick routine I go through with most of my hummingbird photos.

First I made a new layer with a dupe of your image and masked out the dragonfly:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2006/3996-Picture_1.jpg

Load selection:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2006/3996-Picture_2.jpg

Delete and turned on "Lock Transparent Pixels" in the layer palette:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2006/3996-Picture_3.jpg

Run Gaussian Blur:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2006/3996-Picture_4.jpg

Open hue sat:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2006/3996-Picture_5.jpg

Cleaned up the edges with the stamp and brush tools:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2006/3996-flight1.jpg

Hope that makes sense, and helps!

Windy
06-25-2006, 06:16 AM
Great tute Geck thankyou :)

Rich
06-25-2006, 11:00 AM
Good shot Michael! Nice colors! Good work in the "raw"!

Good tut Anne! I will rate this thread. Good info here!

manyhats
06-25-2006, 11:49 AM
Geck,
I am so overwhelmed at your efforts here to help me out! Thanks for the time you have taken to put this together. It's awesome and just what was needed for the background, and just what I needed to know! I am working w/ the tutorial now, following along and am so thankful for the help. Will try yo post my updated version of your version later!!
Thanks!
M

manyhats
06-25-2006, 12:04 PM
Thanks everyone!!
I appreciate the input and comments. Rich, thanks for rating it! If I figure out how, I will too!
M

(figured it out...rated it too!)

kaleidoscope eyes
06-25-2006, 02:21 PM
Right at the top of the thread, blue bar, right hand side: 'Rate Thread' click on it and rate the thread M. Easy peasy :)

Excellent Anne, thank you very much.

manyhats
06-25-2006, 04:44 PM
Ok Geck,
Here is mine, not quite as smooth and well done as yours, but I have the idea and will continue to work on the technique and improve my experience level. I've come a long way! Great Tutorial! Thanks!
M


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2006/62758-arabesque_flight1_copy.jpg

Windy
06-25-2006, 04:57 PM
I have rated it too. Michael for a first dip of the toe that is great! :D

manyhats
06-25-2006, 05:09 PM
Thanks Wendy! I appreciate it!!
M

geckonia
06-25-2006, 07:15 PM
Excellent job my friend! I'm always glad to help. :D

BryAli
06-26-2006, 07:14 PM
This is wonderful! A great shot, Micheal and a great tutorial on PS!

debsn2paintn
06-27-2006, 12:35 AM
Michael- awesome photo! I know how you feel I get lost in here too...but have learned a thing or two :D

Geck-thanks for the tutorial! :)

Chiers
06-29-2006, 09:54 PM
Michael beatiful picture! Very funny too because I just posted my first post in this forum and seeing all the stars this one I had it is the first I opened. Check my thread out and you will see what I mean. lol

carylwithay
07-02-2006, 05:13 AM
Beautiful shot. Looks like he is an acrobat doing a handstand.
Caryl

Rich
07-02-2006, 09:53 AM
Friends, I moved this thread to the Photography forum and added a link in the 5 star best of the best thread. It is listed under PhotoShop Info and link title of "Smoothing out a busy background". There is also a redirect link to the thread left in the Darkroom if you are looking for it there.

Rich

manyhats
07-02-2006, 10:44 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: 2 thumbs up Rich! Great tutorial by Geck, good move.
Michael