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By WeeGeordieLass    
The white symbol in the centre is the Sanskrit word meaning "Om" which, to Hindus, represents both the unmanifest and manifest aspects of God, it's a sacred symbol of paramount importance. The red swastika dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation of ancient India (33001300 BCE) and the meaning of the symbol for Hindus is good fortune, luck and well-being.

I've uploaded the original and any constructive critique is most welcome.



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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 3:59PM
Interesting and your v1 is a big improvement. I find the text mildly un-nerving as it appears to go from right to left? Possibly sanskrit does that, I have no idea, but that is what I sense. Not a reversed image, is it.


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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
13 May 2013 4:35PM
Super find Smile
She's walking a stately 3 paces behind...mmmmmSad
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 5:27PM
The Om is the right way round.

I'm not sure this wouldn't be better with the top script cropped out. To me, there is a lot of busy script attracting my attention, but the couple should really be the focal point, and as such, I'd prefer to see them not cut into the lower text, and perhaps be bigger in the frame. Maybe also slightly more off-centre. Part of the problem, I think, is that the script extends off each side of the frame and drags my attention away. I'll do a mod and see if it improves it.

13 May 2013 5:29PM
Hi Paul,

I'm glad you like my improvements.

I think that the writing on the top wall may be Hindi which is in the Devanagari script and, if it is, then it's written left to right.

No this isn't a reverse image.

Thanks for your critique.


Elaine Grin
13 May 2013 5:40PM
Hi Jeff,

Glad you like it Grin
13 May 2013 6:56PM
Hi Nick,

The mods are great. I love the version with the background in black & white.

How did you do this it called color popping? - I'd like to try it.

I have Elements 10.

Thanks for your great critique.

Elaine Grin
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 7:38PM
Hi Elaine, Yes, some call it colour popping. I prefer the old-fashioned name of selective colour.

Make sure you do this with a copy of the original file.
The easiest way to do it is to create a duplicate layer, then carefully select whatever it is you want in colour on the top layer (using selections - magic wands, lasso tools etc). Erase this selection, checking carefully that the edges are feathered and don't look too "cut out", allowing the lower layer to show through. You can "hide" the lower layer to see more clearly what you are doing. Now change this upper layer to black and white and adjust tonal contrast as necessary (in this I emphasised the blue and green to make the lettering more prominent). When both layers are visible, the colour should be showing through where you erased the black and white layer. Flatten the image to a single layer then you can save as whatever file type you want. If you retain the layers, you can't save as a JPG.

You can also do it the other way round - ie select your subject, inverse the selection and delete everything else but your subject on the layer, then change to the lower layer and convert it to black and white. The colour part will then effectively be "on top" of the black and white layer, as opposed to "showing through a hole in it" like above.

Either way works, you just have to be very careful about your selections - zoom in to make sure the edges are where you want them (you can add to a selection by holding "shift" and subtract from one by holding "alt" on a PC). You can also modify the edges by feathering etc to make the cut out less sharp and more natural looking.

13 May 2013 8:35PM
Hi Nick,

Thanks very much for taking the time to let me know the detailed steps. I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

I haven't tried it before, but your instructions seem very clear and will help me a lot.

Cheers, it's great that you've helped .

Elaine Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 10:01PM
V1 is heading in the right direction, focusing attention on the couple, cutting out the distractions. I love the body language that you have captured, the very formal, upright, determined gait; the 'walk six paces behind me' aspect; the synchronised steps.
I also like the relationship with the wall behind them. For me this is crying out for portrait format. It's all about reading the image up and down, from the lettering down to the figures and up again - not left to right, as landscape directs us to read.
OK, time for a quick Mod...
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
14 May 2013 1:19AM
V1 is a major improvement on V2 Elaine, - youre doing something right!

15 May 2013 11:34AM
Thanks Willie GrinGrin
kel55 6 8 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2014 5:03PM
unusual image , like it

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