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Help Wanted ... again

By Hulme
I was drawn by the perspective of this shot in Tahiti but my best critic (my wife) says that the eye is stopped by the whiteness of the planks in the foreground.

I have Elements 9 and have been trying to paint those planks, but can't get it to work.

I'd be very grateful if someone could talk me through it step by step ... I must keep "'er Outdoors" 'appy!

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 10:39PM
It just looks so nice I want to be there lovely shot.
Regards John.

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woodlark 12 538 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 10:47PM
Id probably select the whole jetty and then in Shadows and Highlights just tweak the highlights down slightly.

Great shot
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3524 Canada
2 Jul 2013 1:01AM
Yopu dont have a shadow/highlight tool in Elements.

So try this:

Using the Eyedropper tool, set to Point sample. take a sample of the jetty colour, - I used the bottom left where its quite solid: Then you have this brownish foreground colour; now select you paintbrush; set the MODE for you paintbrush in the drop down in the horizontal panel across the top, - its a drop down marked normal that youve never noticed, and you will get a number of choices; select Color Burn; then set the Opacity and Flow sliders to 45% each,

Then paint on the boards. You can vary the percentage for flow and opacity to taste. The effect will only be apparent on the lighter areas, and the water, so stay away from the sea. This allows the wood to show through, and will take 5 minutes to maker her happy. I dont agree with her btw, but I know the awful situation you are in.

Let me know if this works for you.


Danial 7 Iran, Islamic Republic Of
2 Jul 2013 6:18AM
Nice texture and color SmileSmile
Potra 3 Venezuela
6 Jul 2013 2:26AM
I learned in Grad School that "better" is the worst enemy of "good".
This a great shot!

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