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Re: Piet's 2020 52 Birds

Post by PietFrancke » Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:05 am

minniev wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:01 am
PietFrancke wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:26 am
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Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:44 pm
Feather edges and hair are better! I hate selections too. I do better with single pixel masking than with the selection tools. Of course most of the selection gurus shoot in front of green screens. Yeah we can drag green screens into the swamp or lower them by helicopter to the dam and insist that the birds stand still in front of them. I even did a course by Dave Cross that’s available through Sebastian’s outfit but I’m no better than I was. I’ve watched the gurus do their thing. The tools just don’t work for me like they do for them. One thing I did pick up from Cross is to do pieces of selection on multiple layers.
last cut - the feathers got combed.. just painted till it looked a little more like it was blending with the backgroundsnowyEgretV4S.jpg
They have been to my bird beauty shop!Nicely coiffed.
Ha! LOL - in the old days they used to go to beauty shops to sit on someone's head.

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Post by minniev » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:09 am

We almost lost them that way, but for the women who crusaded against it, and went on to form the Audubon society.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:32 pm

These are just exquisite Piet...WOW, wow, wow....Wow...your final is final, well done

I have been in transit..thus the delay....I could have sworn I replied to you minniev but I don't see it soooo...I mean when you are painting edges on a mask and you need them to be sharp and clean..go to your brush settings and change from normal to overlay..not the layer blend mode.

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Post by minniev » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:37 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:32 pm
These are just exquisite Piet...WOW, wow, wow....Wow...your final is final, well done

I have been in transit..thus the delay....I could have sworn I replied to you minniev but I don't see it soooo...I mean when you are painting edges on a mask and you need them to be sharp and clean..go to your brush settings and change from normal to overlay..not the layer blend mode.
I’ll need to try that.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:15 pm

Shouda done this to begin with....

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:18 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:15 pm
Shouda done this to begin with....


Screen Shot 2020-01-11 at 1.10.38 PM.jpg
yep - I will try that too. However, when do you use it in particular... just to be clear, when you are painting in a mask using white? (or black, do you use multiply the other way or overlay both ways).. Anyway, I will play with that, I am painting in masks all the time..

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Post by Psjunkie » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:20 am

Paints both ways, just toggle back and forth with "x" for black and white...you will see when you play with it..it also paints a bit more with multiple strokes to a point...lift the pen or mouse or whatever and paint same area again and you will see what I mean...It's not a magical fix but has it's uses like all the other tools

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Post by Karen » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:45 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:14 am
Psjunkie wrote:
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So briefly.....how did you..? Absolutely stunning Piet
LOL, thanks Frank - briefly then -
1) lifted shadows and pulled back highlights in camera raw to get started
2) In PS, using a luminosity mask (for brights) I used camera raw filter and increased texture and made the brights a little warmer.
3) using a luminosity mask on darks, I increased coolness
4) threw a texture onto it in multiply mode (the background was completely blown out) and masked out the effect on branch and bird and adjusted opacity
5) added a slight vignette (whiteish pale yellow)
6) did a high pass filter and some sharpening on the bird
7) selectively screwed around with the colors a little, glowing the warms and making the blue greys in the rump more pronounced.
8) upped the contrast selectively (hopefully - tastefully)
9) blurred the branch where it enters the frame
Holy Mackerel, the loving detail in the image kept me enthralled. I’m in lust, Piet! Thanks for sharing your process.

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:49 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:20 am
Paints both ways, just toggle back and forth with "x" for black and white...you will see when you play with it..it also paints a bit more with multiple strokes to a point...lift the pen or mouse or whatever and paint same area again and you will see what I mean...It's not a magical fix but has it's uses like all the other tools
thank you for this detail.

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:50 pm

Karen wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:45 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:14 am
Psjunkie wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:00 am
So briefly.....how did you..? Absolutely stunning Piet
...
Holy Mackerel, the loving detail in the image kept me enthralled. I’m in lust, Piet! Thanks for sharing your process.
Hi Karen, thank you for your encouragement!

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