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Fun Fantasy Composites2

Postby pop511 » Thu May 11, 2017 1:20 pm

Tom, My son in law:
Originally set out to put him in water. Then I thought a few flames would be better
Caila in forest
Had no formative idea just played around.
Started with forest. Then added tree with door, which I opened. Animals and water
Have fun
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Postby St3v3M » Sat May 13, 2017 8:20 am

If I may ask, do you preconceive these before you make them or do they fall in place as you make them? I'm curious! S-
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Postby pop511 » Mon May 15, 2017 2:49 pm

Sorry for not getting back to you Steve.
Ist pic: original idea was to put him into a beach scene. Then I get to thinking about flames. It just got funnier and funnier as I went on.
2nd Pic: Nothing further than a forest scene is what I wanted to put her in
I try my best, but I know from experience that I have to revisit many times and fix stupid mistakes.
On another post, Forest glen. I finished the scene then shot the model. I wanted the girl to be in an old dress but was not to be.
Then when I thought I had finished I realised the model had no shadow so put that in. Stupid things.
I am mostly in Filo and don't have many backdrops ( scenes/elements ) to use.
I don't do anything with them, they are only for fun.
I just make do with what I have.
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Re: Fun Fantasy Composites2

Postby minniev » Mon May 15, 2017 6:56 pm

pop511 wrote:Tom, My son in law:
Originally set out to put him in water. Then I thought a few flames would be better
Caila in forest
Had no formative idea just played around.
Started with forest. Then added tree with door, which I opened. Animals and water
Have fun
Kind regards;
ed


Composites are a creative activity for me, though mine are never as bold as this. Do you find, as I do, that the hardest things are the selections and lighting? Selections are tricky no matter which tools you use. And editing the lighting to get plausible results from putting together pieces taken from different photos with different lighting is confounding. Blending modes, textures, and dodge/burn layers are the main tools I use to combat the latter. With selections, though, I'm just hoping that with practice I'll improve.
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Re: Fun Fantasy Composites2

Postby St3v3M » Mon May 15, 2017 7:52 pm

pop511 wrote:Sorry for not getting back to you Steve.
Ist pic: original idea was to put him into a beach scene. Then I get to thinking about flames. It just got funnier and funnier as I went on.
2nd Pic: Nothing further than a forest scene is what I wanted to put her in
I try my best, but I know from experience that I have to revisit many times and fix stupid mistakes.
On another post, Forest glen. I finished the scene then shot the model. I wanted the girl to be in an old dress but was not to be.
Then when I thought I had finished I realised the model had no shadow so put that in. Stupid things.
I am mostly in Filo and don't have many backdrops ( scenes/elements ) to use.
I don't do anything with them, they are only for fun.
I just make do with what I have.
ed

I love learning how other artists think, it's sort of like watching a potter start with a ball of clay and wonder where it will go from there.

Thank you so much for coming back to this and giving an insight into your world! S-
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Re: Fun Fantasy Composites2

Postby pop511 » Mon May 15, 2017 9:27 pm

Minniev;
Won't learn anything from me. But I'll open the discussion...
In P/S there is no one selection tool that is best. They all have their uses.
Lighting;
Above pic
Now were getting serious. Each element is placed into the forest and although the girl is central she has to look as if she is there. From memory I used the color picker from sun's rays, filled and masked to a layer above her to blend in. If not enough. Duplicate the color layer and reduce opacity if too strong. If colors are wrong you can redo that 1st layer or do a hue and saturation adjustment Don't forget to dodge & burn on edges of elements to give highlight and shadow. From above pic, you can see dis concordance to highlight and shadow on the girl where the suns rays hit her.
The other element that irritates me, is the lion cub. I should have darkened his lower body more.
Dodge & Burn Layer
I recon you all know this, but I'll put it in. Create new layer/click on colour box and Insert "123" in RGB boxes or 7b7b7b in lower box. Either way, change blend mode to soft light. Select brush/size. Select range & exposure in top panel. The other way is to do an inner glow from the FX panel. Depending on what you are doing, set blend mode to screen or overlay to start and go from there.
Found original forest pic.
have fun
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