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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!!:)
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!
06-22-2006, 08:40 PM
That is what I would call the catch of the day! ditto the background thing
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.
06-22-2006, 09:28 PM
06-23-2006, 03:08 AM
Love the pose!
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:
Delete and turned on "Lock Transparent Pixels" in the layer palette:
Run Gaussian Blur:
Open hue sat:
Cleaned up the edges with the stamp and brush tools:
Hope that makes sense, and helps!
06-25-2006, 06:16 AM
Great tute Geck thankyou :)
Good shot Michael! Nice colors! Good work in the "raw"!
Good tut Anne! I will rate this thread. Good info here!
06-25-2006, 11:49 AM
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!!
06-25-2006, 12:04 PM
I appreciate the input and comments. Rich, thanks for rating it! If I figure out how, I will too!
(figured it out...rated it too!)
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.
06-25-2006, 04:44 PM
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!
06-25-2006, 04:57 PM
I have rated it too. Michael for a first dip of the toe that is great! :D
06-25-2006, 05:09 PM
Thanks Wendy! I appreciate it!!
06-25-2006, 07:15 PM
Excellent job my friend! I'm always glad to help. :D
06-26-2006, 07:14 PM
This is wonderful! A great shot, Micheal and a great tutorial on PS!
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! :)
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
07-02-2006, 05:13 AM
Beautiful shot. Looks like he is an acrobat doing a handstand.
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.
07-02-2006, 10:44 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: 2 thumbs up Rich! Great tutorial by Geck, good move.
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