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By Costy  
Ok... this is my very first attempt at something like this in my bid to get used to paintshop pro and editing.

I will taken on board all comments good or bad and will explain what I have done. Did I do any of it right?

I took an archived point and shoot image that I had from the summer where my girlfriend was just lay in the garden on a blanket in the midday sun. The shot is unedited as to skin tone, brightness etc etc and still is.

I have free hand, point to point selected and then feathered selection x50, then inverted selection. I have the flood-filled about 5 times in the space with the blackest of blacks.

I then had no clue how to make it look better than it's horrible state and just fiddled around. I tried merging the edges to no success and undid what I attempted, I tried softening the edges and again undid what I had done. In the end I just positioned 2 'sunbursts' (found in effects>photo effects>illumination>sunburst) behind the face and moved them around a little until I was happy with the glow behind the head.

I then selected everything that wasn't Felicity and 'blurred more' about 5 times.

Smile? Sad? :S? I'm really not sure!

Ideally I would have liked to have merged a little more of the left side of the image into the shadow.

Tags: Portrait Sun Girl Digitally manipulated Sleepy Fizz Lounging Portraits and people Felicity Nude and glamour

Voters: wasper, IMAGESTAR, ginz04 and 5 more

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kombizz 16 601 1 United States
29 Jan 2008 5:11PM
nice relax pose
needs better lighting on her face
good aov
leejj 14 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 5:54PM
hi...thanks for the comments on my this image a lot but a little bit of lightening up in the face would have looked nice...cheers
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 6:26PM
hi - i like what you have done with the bg and that improves how your model stands out my niggles would be the light on her arm is too much and has taken away any detail and also her arm pointing towards the camera is never really flattering to a lady.

akw 14 341 3 England
29 Jan 2008 9:10PM
Looks ok to me.
Scott_Scot 16 4 4 Scotland
29 Jan 2008 9:19PM
Smile !!!

30 Jan 2008 11:17AM
IMHO Felicity's beautiful features should have been the focal point. I thnk the light and the treatments you have applied are good.
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 11:55AM
Thanks people.... I have since re-worked it again and focused on her features before I applied lighting or background and am happier. Still I think it could be better and I am learning each time I do it, so I intend to try again.... and again Smile
Joline Plus
15 35 59 United States
30 Jan 2008 12:21PM
I like the curve of her arm, and actually like the fact her face is a bit in shadow. It is natural. I am no expert on people shots, so can't really help on this, but I can tell you that just working with a photo that inspires you and seeing how different actions work in PS is the best thing you can do to learn. Which editing program are you using?
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 12:23PM
Looks good, haven't got a clue what you are talking about, but well done.
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 12:28PM
Joline I am using paint shop pro photo XI. I have just bought a book but it hasnt arrived yet so everything Im doing is self taught. never used any programme before and new to photography on the whole. It's a case of playing around at the minute which is why I am grateful for advice.

Also the images I am having to use have been taken for different purposes... like this one was just lay in the garden in the summer... she is half asleep and not aware I am taking pictures until she opened her eyes, lol. I am hoping to buy some lighting and basic studio equipment next month so hopefully will improve from then on.
takui neko 17 849 11 Spain
30 Jan 2008 1:12PM
When it comes to selection technique, it is fine, the edges look good. That part I would say is accomplished.

From an image/background viewpoint though; I think composition wise, I must agree with Ginz04.

As for the background, no matter how good is the selection cut out, if the background doesnít have relation with the main subject/image it will never look good, or at least it will be obvious the cutting.

If you could try to replicate a bit the original image, with some nature background on the back, it would look more natural.

Also, colors are important when cutting and pasting an image, colors and light source direction. All those points, when worked with attention to detail, will give a better result "harmony" wise.

In any case, this shows also that no matter how much manipulation you make afterwards it will never really stand out, manipulation must be taken into account at the time of pressing the shutter too. It is good source for practice though. Smile

I made a quick mod to show those points.

Edit: Sorry, it seems the "mod" option is not available for this image. Sad
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 1:21PM
Thanks for the advice. Do you suggest I should have left the background as it was and just worked on the subject a little?
takui neko 17 849 11 Spain
30 Jan 2008 1:29PM
Not necessarily, you can cut out and paste, make a new background if you wish, just watch that the background and overall color match the main subject.

You can, with this same image, add a layer of color, pick some color from the skin and apply that color as a solid color on a new layer, then blend so it colorizes the whole image.

You will see that it improves somehow, not perfect, but will improve. It will give "color cohesion" Smile
takui neko 17 849 11 Spain
30 Jan 2008 1:50PM
Ok, thanks to the efficient staff of EPZ, mod is enabled now, I will upload the quickie. Smile
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 2:00PM
Incredible! Thanks takui!!

Would you mind emailing me that version? with instructions as to how you did it in detail if you have time? Will help my learning curve!
takui neko 17 849 11 Spain
30 Jan 2008 2:05PM
I find that difficult, I work on CS3 I do not know how to give you detailed instructions for PSP. Sad

However I think if you follow what I said on the mod, "translating" into PSP you should be able to do it yourself.

In any case, I will email you the image. Smile
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 2:22PM
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 4:09PM
A further 2 mods of my own thanks to tips...
30 Jan 2008 7:16PM
Iíve got to say this looks fine to me.
Iíve passed it twice now looking through this gallery and itís the only photograph that has stood out and made me take a second look.
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 7:24PM
Thanks Emma!
takui neko 17 849 11 Spain
31 Jan 2008 4:17AM
You are improving by the minute, keep it up! Smile
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2008 7:50AM
Thanks Takui... appreciate your help the last couple of days.
takui neko 17 849 11 Spain
31 Jan 2008 5:53PM
No probs Smile
Soulstar 13 59 United States
1 Feb 2008 11:49AM
hi costy when transferring images to a new background you need to watch for the tell tale signs that give it away... when you goto your layers pallette on photoshop pic your layer and select duplicate layer.... then goto the new layer and right click and select blending modes have a flick down the blending modes and see if any of them give the effect you want and hides the hard cut out edges, this should also help with the tone/ light differences between your back drop and your fore ground image!
as stated above a better lighting on the face would have worked better.... defused flash works well.... either a piece of toilet tissue over your flash or a defuser
Costy 13 483 6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 12:36PM
Thanks for the tips....

Do you mean for example, I cut out the body and then duplicate it? So I have 2 bodies? The blend the 2 bodies, before I blend them to the background?
Soulstar 13 59 United States
1 Feb 2008 4:59PM
you cut out the body edit (tidy edges) and drag onto your new background then finish the tidy up ... merge your foreground with the back ground and then duplicate and use the blending mode.... your image should then blend with the background in a better light! have a play and see how you feel about it! you might find a workflow that works better for you!
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
2 Feb 2008 11:32AM
'Lovely' portrait picture.
Good looking at. Nice pose.
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
4 Feb 2008 5:40PM
nice skin tones & lighting !

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