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17/10/2010 - 8:40 AM

Osteospurmum

OsteospurmumYes Stewart, you're working by guesswork at that stage, nothing but your eye to guide you. Incidentally I did this in a different way to you. I selected and cut out the flower first, then plonked it on the background, before using the zoom tool, finding that easier than playing with layer masks. I use the pen tool for my cut outs, to me it's more accurate and doesn't fly off at a tangent like the polygonal one often does. One day maybe I'll invest in a tablet(g) Thanks for the advice Smile
Leo
18/11/2009 - 8:45 AM

Molly

MollyLove the expression, a typical Lab expression as I know well, having had two wonderful ones over the years. Yours looks a very affectionate and placid dog, as so many of them are. Just one small thing. The blade of grass can so easily be cloned out, it just detracts slightly from a quite lovely portrait
Smile

Welcome to EPZ BTW!!

Leo
15/01/2009 - 8:02 AM

Orchid Study

Orchid StudyOriginal layout, nice merging to the background too, all in all, an eye catching composition. Just nit picking on my part LOL but a single pixel, narrower boder and the foreground image at least as sharp as the rest for me, if not a touch sharper but it caught my eye and I have to say I like it very much Orchids aren't easy to do full justice to
Smile

Leo
11/10/2008 - 8:46 AM

Lydiard Park

Lydiard ParkA beautiful autumn scene, excellent reflection, could I suggest a one pixel white line between the black edgings top and bottom, and the image itself, then the black wouldn't intrude on your picture and seem to blend with the reflection quite so much. Glorious autumn colours Smile

Leo
08/07/2008 - 8:27 AM

ocean eyes

ocean eyesNicely done Maria, the leaves you've added look really well. If you would like to reduce the "noise" or grain on your face, make a duplicate layer in Photoshop, then using Gaussian blur, give it a small amount which will smooth it out, then take a small hard brush and the eraser tool and erase away the layer to bring back the eyes nice and sharp on the background layer, after which, flatten and save your image, try it, it works!

Leo

Leo
22/01/2008 - 6:57 AM

Wax?

Wax?Orchids make super pics, this one is a lovely combination of colour. It is detailed and sharp but sometimes I like to make a duplicate layer, blurring the bottom one with gaussian blur, then with a soft "brush," erase the top layer to bring out the sharper center of the bloom...try it sometime, it really looks effectiveSmile

Leo
14/11/2005 - 8:36 AM

Self Portrait II

Self Portrait III'm going out on a limb here Liz...I think I'd like to see _more_ light on your face, coming in from _your_ left..I'm sure it would improve the shot, letting the viewer see your bone structure betterSmile Nothing wrong if _you_ prefer this of course...we all see our pics differently, don't we?

Click!

Leo
07/08/2003 - 10:29 AM

Boat and swan in the mist

Boat and swan in the mistSimply lovely, these misty shots always do it for me, early morning is always an ideal time, I like it just as it is, although as Pete points out, a touch of pattern on the water, to indicate movement of the swan wouldn't be out of place, although you can always keep on adding, until you spoil something as gorgeous as this already is.
My swans aren't as decent as yours, they always present at the wrong angle, unreliable birds I find
03/09/2003 - 1:48 PM

Bergen

BergenExcellent eradication of the car you mentioned Suzi, patience certainly paid off there. I have endless patience for that sort of thing but not as a general rule though.
Cutting, feathering and pasting is a first class solution to vertical challenges, I often find.