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Posted on 23/02/05 9:38:53 PM
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Digging holes in the ground?
I'm not sure if the technique of creating holes in things with Photoshop is significant enough to deserve a few pages dedicated to it, but it's something really difficult for me to pull off well. I've only been using PS for a month or two, but I can safely say (at least for me) that it is a lot more difficult than simply lassoeing something then pressing the backspace key.

I first realized how difficult it was to create convincing looking holes in surfaces when I had a try at the 'Cage the Beast' friday challenge. I originally wanted to have a hole in the ground suggesting the cat had dug his way free, but after hours of trying to create one I was forced to give up the idea.

The surface was a kind of grassy/muddy one, coming up from the bottom. But what about smashing holes in brick walls? Or paper? Or entire buildings (that could be pushing it though)? What should I use to make the selection? How should I fill the hole? Where should the shading be? What textures/brushes/filters should I use, and how can I make it blend in and look as realistic as possible?


I realise it's a pretty broad idea but it's something that's been bothering me ever since I noticed it. Just a suggestion


Posted on 24/02/05 05:45:19 AM
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Re: Digging holes in the ground?
Yes convincing looking holes all depends on the subject matter and it's perspective, a hole in the road would require some rubble & tarmac built up around it I suppose and perhaps a man standing up to his waist in it will give a sense of depth. For the cat you would probably start by using one of the selection tools to create the hole's basic shape and filled with black or dark brown, then add some earth around the lip of the hole (in a new layer) which could be done with the paint brush. Some sods of grass could be either drawn or you might want to use a photograph of some grass and cut out shapes that look like sods of grass. Back to the hole you could perhaps add some Noise and a bit of Median to roughen it up and use the Dodge tool to create highlighted areas. Then back to the earth & grass sods you could add some shadow with a dark brown brush painted on a lower Layer and then blurred.

Just some ideas but the people here are great and I'm sure you will get tons of examples on how to create great looking holes.

Becky

A quickie example before I have to rush to work:




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Posted on 24/02/05 07:34:35 AM
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Re: Digging holes in the ground?
But Becky, why has the cat got hoke in its head?

I can feel a Friday Challenge coming onů

Posted on 24/02/05 09:53:50 AM
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Re: Digging holes in the ground?
Poor sod..

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Posted on 24/02/05 11:23:02 AM
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Re: Digging holes in the ground?
Ohhhhhhhh David.... there is no need for stooping the humour to that level!

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Posted on 24/02/05 5:59:19 PM
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Re: Digging holes in the ground?
At 07:34:35 AM 24/02/05, Steve Caplin wrote:
But Becky, why has the cat got hoke in its head?

I can feel a Friday Challenge coming on…


Probably just Turf Luck?

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Posted on 24/02/05 6:52:07 PM
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Re: Digging holes in the ground?

A quickie example before I have to rush to work:





That's a great example of what I was trying to do.

Grassias.

/Fetch me your coat whilst you're there.

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