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By ColinT-B
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.


Tags: Digitally manipulated Pets and captive animals Humour and fun

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Graham_P 14 1 19 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 5:43PM
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.

NaturesHaven 10 283 6 England
21 Sep 2012 5:43PM
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
ColinT-B 15 38 3 England
21 Sep 2012 5:56PM
Thanks Graham, will give it ago.
Thanks 'NaturesHaven' for the input.
SueEley 15 279 96 Wales
21 Sep 2012 5:56PM
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
ColinT-B 15 38 3 England
21 Sep 2012 6:10PM
Thanks Sue
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
21 Sep 2012 7:01PM
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.


22 Sep 2012 6:01AM
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.

Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 10:31AM
I think this is fine as it is. A well thought out picture and the cat's attention is all there. Well done.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 4:47PM
Good idea, well presented. Technically not bad at all. Possibly could be a bit crisper but might be my tablet screen.


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