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A Challenge to all of you to help all of me (Okay, maybe not all of me, but part...) [May. 22nd, 2004|05:31 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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So, as I mentioned in my previous post, I got a new job that occasionally involves Photoshop, and removing things from the picture that don't belong there, or making other minor improvements to the image. This is a skill I'd like to get better at. While my immediate supervisor has been impressed with what I've done so far, to my eyes, it's obvious where I made changes.

So, an open challenge to everyone. Post a picture here in the comments, and tell me what you'd like done to it. I will post the results in a later entry (or, more likely, entries), and will be looking for constructive criticism. Preferably, I'm looking mostly for the kinds of things that I will be doing at work, but not exclusively, so let your imagination run wild, and hopefully, I'll do the same.

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: gbone
2004-05-22 06:40 pm (UTC)
mmmm http://ent.trekpulse.com/mult/episodepics/season3/trexxcaps/exile/e_306084.jpg make the seas a darker blue....
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2004-05-22 09:21 pm (UTC)
Talk to steppyb. He does stuff like that to his photos all the time and he's pretty good at it. He could probably give you some tips.
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[User Picture]From: seonsaint
2004-05-23 12:05 pm (UTC)

This <b>is</b> my area of expertise.

Compositing, cleaning up, removing old girlfriends from photos... slimming people up... it's what I do.

So, yeah, I can definitely help here.



Take this image of Maria and I-

A. Eliminate the ride in the background
B. Give the rails on the mid level a convincing glass pane in each empty space
C. Remove my hand from Maria's shoulder
D. Scale me down so I'm near Maria's size and fix the background so it appears seemless.

E- BONUS - identify the sloppy work I already did on this photo.
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[User Picture]From: seonsaint
2004-05-23 12:06 pm (UTC)

Re: This <b>is</b> my area of expertise.

A is easy,
B is medium,
C is medium hard,
D is hard
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[User Picture]From: seonsaint
2004-05-23 12:27 pm (UTC)

Re: This <b>is</b> my area of expertise.

Oh, and on the job... CONGRATULATIONS!!!! THAT IS SO COOL!
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[User Picture]From: fuzzygondol
2004-05-23 04:18 pm (UTC)

Re: This <b>is</b> my area of expertise.

i would think c would be easier than b... but i haven't done much with photoshop lately. and i've never actually tried to put glass panes into a picture...
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2004-05-23 11:35 pm (UTC)

Re: This <b>is</b> my area of expertise.

Removing the hand is more difficult because of 1) the varying items surrounding it, and more importantly 2) Maria's shirt has been affected by the hand, and to properly eliminate it, I need to put the shirt back to how it was...
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2004-05-23 11:40 pm (UTC)

Unlike knowledge of what tags you can use in LJ subject lines...

You're definitely right about A. That's easy. If I couldn't do that, I'd be in trouble. C I know where to get started on, but I may end up posting a transitional picture, or emailing it to you (and/or some other people with that sort of knowledge), and asking for advice. D is definitely going to be a challenge.

As for B, I'll look around on my own first, but I may want a "Okay, point me down the right path..." if I can't find what I'm looking for.

Thank you for the challenge, and for the congrats.

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: seonsaint
2004-05-24 09:17 am (UTC)

Re: Unlike knowledge of what tags you can use in LJ subject lines...

Well, B can be done fairly easily. What you may want to do is look around for similar situations. When walking out of a store, look to see how things change between the glass being there, and the glass not being there (as in a glass door).

You will see a change between glass, not glass. So what you first want to do is create a negative mask of the areas you will want to affect. Next, run some processes on those masked areas. I'm not worried about accurate reflections either, but do focus on how the glass would change what's behind it.

And anytime... After this one, have a really fun one... lol... :)
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