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Posted on 31/01/06 01:40:30 AM
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Today's tests
Not sure if I got my shadows very good for the ladders but needed something to add more interest




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Posted on 31/01/06 01:42:31 AM
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don't know why my picture didn't show up on the first post and you can't edit a picture? (or I don't know how)



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Posted on 31/01/06 01:43:54 AM
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not too bad for the colour match. I'm working in Photoshop elements 3 by the way, so so far so good.



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Posted on 31/01/06 01:46:51 AM
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Had to use a different method for this one since elements doesn't have blending options. I used to additional layers and set them on screen and then used a mask to get rid of the fire works in front of the trees.



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Posted on 31/01/06 09:01:34 AM
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Pauline. The first image didn't appear because the filename had an apostrophe. The forum software has problems with them and cuts the name in the link.

Please read this post http://www.howtocheatinphotoshop.com/cgi-bin/simpleforum_pro.cgi?fid=09&topic_id=1132311820

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Posted on 31/01/06 11:01:51 AM
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excellent work on all 4 Pauline... I especially like your fireworks



Posted on 31/01/06 1:03:18 PM
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Thanks David. I'll remember that for the future. I thought it was because I had left a space! Never thought of the apostrophe.

Thank you Dalton. It was a good working day yesterday and I had fun with them.

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Posted on 31/01/06 6:16:51 PM
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Excellent work, Pauline - and thanks for posting your avatar, I really like to see what everyone looks like.

The hands and bicycle image are perfect, and I appreciate the lack of Blending Options in Elements. But that's a good solution!

Adding that kind of a shadow to the snakes and ladders pic is really, really tricky. First, you have to make sure the bottoms of the ladders overlaps the corresponding bottoms of the shadows, or it looks like the shadows are floating. Getting the shadow to bend over the curvature of the snake is very hard; this kind of thing does need to be painted by hand in order to work. What you've done is very close. Setting yourself this extra challenge was a great idea, but you can see how hard it is!

Posted on 31/01/06 6:45:30 PM
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Thanks Steve your comments are appreciated. I knew the ladder one was far from perfect and for me in order to get it just right, I would have had to have the same setup to see how to do it. I made a selection of both ladders and used the transform tool to bend them, but ultimately could not get them right and I knew it! I used the warp tool to bend the shadow over the snakes back but don't feel that it has enough bend. It was a fun experience though and I did enjoy it.

I think the bike was the most challenging but also a lot of fun.
Now I have 3 left to tackle before moving on in my lessons!
Thanks for the comments Steve. They are much appreciated.

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Posted on 31/01/06 7:45:01 PM
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Posted on 31/01/06 8:17:57 PM
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At 01:42:31 AM 31/01/06, pauline wrote:
don't know why my picture didn't show up on the first post and you can't edit a picture? (or I don't know how)




I found this one to be very tricky. Mine didn't look as good as yours and I gave up.

I'm not picking holes, but if you had moved the valve to another part of the wheel or indeed rotated the whole wheel slightly it might have made it look better. The front at read vales in exactly the same position and angle draw the eye slightly and makes one think it's been cloned

Posted on 31/01/06 9:33:47 PM
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Thanks for that tip Paul. I know that the bottom of the tire is flatter than the sides and top (found that out pretty quick when I was making it), but I never thought of rotating it a tad so that they didn't appear exactly the same. Good idea! Thanks for the tip. Of course we know it's all in the little details which is why it is great to get critiqued here to help us spot those things we miss.

Here is today's work in the sand box.



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Posted on 01/02/06 10:04:14 AM
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Excellent, Pauline. You do have a great eye for detail, as well as a good deal of imagination. The way the sand wraps around the truck is perfect - especially the view through the hole in the front - thoroughly convincing.

But it's the spade that's really impressive here: the thoughtful placing of the sand is truly inspired, following the contours of both. Fantastic!

Posted on 01/02/06 12:22:16 PM
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Thanks Steve. I really had a lot of fun with this piece.
I have a confession. For the last 14 years I have been a decorative painter. I paint mostly on wood and 95% of the time use patterns of others for my work. I have always loved detail and realize that's what really makes the difference (which is why I put a few grains of sand on the top of the truck and on the wheel indents).

Sadly my "real" brushes are collecting dust now because I'm so addicted to elements and also trying to learn Corel Painter as well as get better at photography. So much to do.............so little time!

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Posted on 02/02/06 9:07:32 PM
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Well this was fun. After numerous tries to find the perfect view! Then a reflection was needed.



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Posted on 03/02/06 03:11:08 AM
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Really nice Pauline, superb perpestice with the landscape.

Posted on 03/02/06 04:43:46 AM
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Thanks Chris. I was torn between that one and the heavily snow covered trees for the view.

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