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My first real go at paintshop elements with the encouragment of Kaybee (thank you). I like the original image which was also an early go with a fill in flash. I put a larger catch light in the eyes and softened apart from the eyes/lips with the teardrop tool.

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm
Title:the first...
Username:sarac sarac
Uploaded:20 Jan 2006 - 6:05 AM
Tags:Portraits / people, Self portriat, Woman
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mic5cott
mic5cott  8
20 Jan 2006 - 6:10 AM

You're getting there Sara, your perseverance is paying off, well done.
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leons_photos
20 Jan 2006 - 6:42 AM

Not bad at all

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doug_7
doug_7  8482 forum posts England
20 Jan 2006 - 7:58 AM

yep, I agree, a pretty good shot.
d.

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sarac
sarac  863 forum posts
20 Jan 2006 - 8:10 AM

Ive loaded the wrong one! opps the one I was supposed to load was finished off on the left!

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kaybee
kaybee  103801 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2006 - 9:59 AM

Nice one Sara.

I think you may have your head tilted slightly too much (others will no doubt disagree)........and you look very serious (very hard to do anything else in a self portrait I imagine - not having the courage to do it myself) ------ so I have changed that in a modification

Roy

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answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012601 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2006 - 10:08 AM

I can tell where you've altered the background a bit. I know you are only beginning in PS but a tip I picked up a while ago with backgrounds is if you add an adjustment layer and then darken using the burn tool it works better than anything else I've tried to far.
If you open PS and then click on Layer on the top menu bar then click new adjustment layer then click 'curves' you will get a box with a diagonal line on it you need to click in the middle of the line and drag it so that it lightens your picture (you will then be able to see the errors in the background more clearly). Over to the right of the screen you will have a layers palette where you should see your original image and also the adjustment layer if you click on the original image within the palette then choose the burn tool from the editing palette you can burn in the background so that it becomes even. Just a note of caution dont have the brush either too hard or too dark, better to build up gradually. To do this once you've clicked on the burn tool near the top of the screen will be the word Brush: with a number next to it (this is the size) click on that and you can adjust the hardness of the brush. Further along the top of the line is the opacity setting where you can either increase or reduce the strength of the tool. Hope this helps. K.

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Jaye
Jaye  8
20 Jan 2006 - 12:47 PM

Like the rich colour you have used good contrast

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sarac
sarac  863 forum posts
20 Jan 2006 - 10:34 PM

thanks AOAP will try this when I get back from work!

sara c

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Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2006 - 12:23 AM

Good one. The tilt of the head looks a bit awkward, particularly with your clothes blending into the background.

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Morpyre e2 Member 91622 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2006 - 1:37 AM

great looking portrait of you - the black background and soft subtle lighting really work to make a nice image - good work with the little adjustments

keep up the great work =)

peter "morpyre" turner

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