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This is a combination of 3 separate images. The cat, the fish and the bottle.
Im going to print for my wife's present. Thought i put up on here for some advice.
My main problem with the cat was, apart form trying to keep it in one place, is, as I have tried to blend into the background Ive done some burning around the cat. But I cant go too close to the cat for or i start to darken it s well. This has left the cat with an 'outer glow'
Does anyone know how I can fix that ?
Do you think the cat needs to be a bit bigger ?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks for taking a look.

Colin

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Username:ColinT-B ColinT-B
Uploaded:21 Sep 2012 - 5:04 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Humour / fun, Pets / captive animals
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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 5:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Colin,
If your now working on one layer duplicate the layer Ctrl J then make a selection of the cat and the bottle, then select>inverse so you have everything else selected. You should now be able to set your foreground colour to black and using an airbrush paint in the black areas without effecting the cat.
If when your finished the cats fur looks as if it ends to abruptly add a layer mask, set the brush opacity to around 7% and paint around the edge of the cat to blend it in a little.

Graham.

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 5:43 PM

For me the cat is the right size...any bigger and the perspective could be wrong..........I hope a digital expert will be able to help with the 'outer glow'.....SmileSmileSmile

Nice idea for the image.........I like it...........GrinGrinGrinGrin

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ColinT-B
ColinT-B  838 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 5:56 PM

Thanks Graham, will give it ago.
Thanks 'NaturesHaven' for the input.
Colin

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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 5:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I'm happy with the size of the cat but in my mod I tried to achieve two things - to try and make the kitten look at the fish more obviously and to make the bottle more transparent. The first I worked on by rotating the kitten a bit (but I didn't heal the border very well Sad ) and the second by selecting the bottle and increasing the contrast on it. Oh, and I increased the overall contrast and cloned out some of the bit that looked wrong after I increase the contrast. I think if I were you I would work on the angle and background of the kitten then work on the blending mode, and possibly the contrast of the bottle. Graham's suggestion above is also good. I used alt, layer-merge visible in Photoshop to merge everything I had done to one layer and then work on that (without getting rid of the layers below, so I could still go back - if I didn't explain clearly, message me and I will try again!). Looking now, I realise I didnt really improve the sight line - but it does need improving! Sue

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ColinT-B
ColinT-B  838 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 6:10 PM

Thanks Sue

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 7:01 PM

What version of Photoshop do you use?

When burning, you can get very close to the cat if you 1; zoom in and use a very small brush; 2, reduce the opacity and flow of the brush until you rae applying the effect much more gradually.


I think this is very well done.


If you want the cat blended into the background and dont feel you can manage it, I would be happy to do it if you send me the original large files.

wbaneham@gmail.com.


regards


Willie

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yultony
yultony  2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 - 6:01 AM

I like the idea and effect good result. I to have problems with glow around objects cut out and placed into another photo so will try the advice given to you.

Tony

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 10:31 AM

I think this is fine as it is. A well thought out picture and the cat's attention is all there. Well done.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 4:47 PM

Good idea, well presented. Technically not bad at all. Possibly could be a bit crisper but might be my tablet screen.

Paul

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