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Spotty Dog

By cattyal  
I think I'm starting to get the hang of this LucisArt software - well sometimes I get it right, sometimes horribly wrong.

I've been experimenting with a shot taken in Edinburgh at the Royal Show and think I've just about got it right here. Some will disagree and hate the falseness of it but that's ok - it's all part of my learning process!

Tags: Dog General Digitally manipulated Pooch Dalmatian Lucisart

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zed 13 551 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 8:13PM
Wow, I like it, keep it up...Smile


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17 Oct 2007 8:25PM
Nice effect.
proz 13 205 United States
17 Oct 2007 8:32PM
I think you are getting the hang of Lucis too, well done.
sandrish 13 36 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 9:10PM
Excellent shot - like the effects very much.

Carl40 11 18 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 9:12PM
great image the effect works well
rachepix 10 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 9:57PM
it looks good, like the bunch of cuddly keyrings,
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3771 Canada
17 Oct 2007 10:09PM
Really like this one.

cattyal Plus
12 8.3k 6 England
17 Oct 2007 10:24PM
Hello everyone and thank you all! It's great when I suddenly hit on the right combination of plugins and wotnot and bingo it seems to come together Smile

I too like the keyrings Rachel - neat aren't they? Not that I'd be inclined to lug so many around - the camera kit is more than enough!
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
17 Oct 2007 11:40PM
I so like the looks on both their faces as they gaze at one another.
A wonderful capture.
What do you think to Edinburgh getting the Best palce to live in Brtain award then???
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
18 Oct 2007 7:23AM
I've been playing around with it too, and this is as good as I've seen.
cattyal Plus
12 8.3k 6 England
18 Oct 2007 8:38AM
Thank you again everyone Smile

I hadn't realised that Edinburgh had won the Best Place award Hilary but I'm not surprised at all - I love the place and who knows, maybe one day I'll end up living there!
katem 11
19 Oct 2007 10:38PM
that is a great picture, pity you dont know who the lass and her dog are, I`m sure that she would love a copy
ann_g 13 19 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2007 8:56AM
Looks good to me

Ann Smile
Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
28 Oct 2007 12:43PM
This looks great...colours and tones are spot just keep it going...

Great work

graff 10 2 France
30 Oct 2007 5:22PM
great shot.....what is this 'Lucis' stuff?
cattyal Plus
12 8.3k 6 England
30 Oct 2007 7:18PM
Thank you again everyone Smile

Graff - this LucisArt stuff is an excellent bit of software that I fear I use too much. Here it is LucisArt . Not too pricey in the grand scheme of things and I'm very pleased I bought it! I believe they do a 30 day trial so give it a go!
sawdust 11 72
18 May 2008 7:51PM
Love the picture you have come up with been trying the lucisart trip myself can't get such clean faces as you any tips !!!!
cattyal Plus
12 8.3k 6 England
18 May 2008 8:13PM
Hi Alan - thanks for taking a look!

With people I keep the doses of Whyeth pretty low - blow the image up in the Lucis window and keep an eye out for grey patches appearing. It is worst with pink/flesh/red and yellows - other colours don't seem to suffer from the dreaded grey splotches. I tend to apply Whyeth in several small doses wiht these colours.

More often than not I apply some noise reduction afterwards - I use Paint Shop Pro mostly and just use their bog standard digital camera noise reduction - it does the job so I've not bothered trying anything else. Very often I'll follow up with another gentle application of lucis or simply sharpening.

I'm afraid it is somewhat trial and error but hopefully I've given you some ideas. Certainly young faces work best - my year old niece for example - I wouldn't go near a photo of myself with it unless I'm wearing a mask (as per my last mask picture in my portfolio!)

My all means let me know if I can be of any further help - I'm always happy to pass on what little knowledge I have.


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