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15/08/2010 - 3:49 PM

william got framed

william got framedI have done a mod where I have

1. Rotated the image as I felt it looked better that way.
2. Did a tad of sharpening
3. Darkened some of the lighter streaks going out of the picture using the overlay layer.

Hope you like it.

re the border, it does not bother me too much as I like the whole image as it is different. If you were to enter it in a competition then the judge might well criticise it for the border, as achieverswales has pointed out. However, if you like it as it is then that is good.
25/07/2010 - 10:35 AM

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)Hi Ray

I have never got close to one of these let alone photograph it.

I have done a mod.

1. I have painted over the whiteish area on the LH side as I felt that distrcted a bit.

2. Cloned out some distraction in the bottom RH corner.

3. Using the overlay layer, darken the branch.

4. Flattened the layers.

Hope you like it.

22/07/2010 - 5:35 PM

Life passing by

Life passing byThe movement has been caught very well. The thing that struck me was the figure being too close to the left hand side. It would be possible to extend the canvas on that side and then clone the new space. With this sort of image, it is not too difficult to do.
30/08/2009 - 6:58 PM

Cheetah at twilight

Cheetah at twilightThe problem with this sort of images is that the cheetah looks as though it has been stuck there. This is because the sharpness of the cheetah is too sharp.

In my mod, I have used the blur tool, at 12%, along the outline of the cheetah to help blend it into the rest of the picture.

I hope this helps is this is a super image
26/07/2009 - 11:01 AM

Barn owl at Ludlow castle

Barn owl at Ludlow castleExcellent capture, maybe a bit too central. Did a mod where I cropped the RH side and extended the canvas on the LH side, cloning the wall in.

Hope you like it.
Storm Clouds gather over BrannenburgDid a mod to reduce the sky in #1. To my mind makes a better composition.

I like the composition in #3
27/06/2009 - 1:13 PM

Tongues of Fire

Tongues of FireWith #3 Tim, the BG is too cluttered. What you could do is create an overlay layer with 50% grey ticked. Darken the BG and lightened the flower, just a tad.

See my mod. I have also cloned/painted the white areas.

I have also done a mod of #1.

With these shots, it is well worth studying the BG, making sure it is not too busy
28/02/2009 - 11:12 AM

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)Nice capture. Have done a mod with a tighter crop.


Darkened the BG and clone out distractions
22/02/2009 - 9:36 PM

luss pier

luss pierI like the effect in the lower half but I find the large area of sky overpowering. You could think about trimming the top half off.
22/02/2009 - 2:11 PM

Dennis the menace

Dennis the menaceBeautiful shot. I have done a mod which I hope you like.

Lightened the image in Levels

Made a slight 'S' adjustment in curves.

Used the mid grey dropper to slightly reduce the yellowness
21/02/2009 - 10:25 AM


Ready....It is still a bit too red especially on the white areas of the face.

Go into Curves.

There are three boxes with droppers on them.
Click on the centre one (midgrey).

When you put the cursor onto the image, it will be replace by a little dropper.

Put the dropper over the greyish part of the picture (in the case the part of the eye around the pupil) and click.

This will improve this lovely image even more.
Female Backbird (Turdus merula)
Quote: I agree with the background - but how do I get around that problem - I assume you clone it out, but how do you do that without affecting the bird?

Use a smallish brush with a soft edge opacity at 100% with the aligned box ticked. When going round the bird, enlarge the image and use a very small brush. Don't slide the brush along but dab it (by clicking the left button, move a tad then click again and so on). Just be careful about where you are cloning from.

Have a play. It will take a little practise but it will come.
Female Backbird (Turdus merula)Good detail on the bird. Have done a mod where I have done a different crop, cleaned up and darkened the BG. I did this quickly just to show you what can be done.

Hope you like it
28/01/2009 - 11:22 AM

Lilly up close and personal.

Lilly up close and personal.Excellent detail. If it were mine, I would copy the highlight in the eye, onto the other eye
01/01/2009 - 3:34 PM


jazzI prefer the colour version. I think the secret of this type of image is too keep it simple and not have too much in it. I think this image works well but is probably on the limit. Anymore may push it OTT.

Please keep at it. This is very original and eyecatching
29/12/2008 - 6:52 PM

Heron coast

Heron coastNice idea and worked well.

2 points to help you.

The lighting is wrong. The sun would appear to be behind the birds (given the silhouette at the bottom) but is shining on them from the front.

Not sure what the OOF thing is, bottom right and doesn't help the image.

The actual cutting of the birds is fine. Pretty good for a first attempt.

Hope this helps
15/12/2008 - 8:25 PM

Line Out

Line Out3 excellent action shots. With #2 and #3, I would clone out the green blob, top right
10/12/2008 - 12:35 PM

Clio Ice Formation

Clio Ice FormationBeautiful abstract pattern shot. I would clone out the white spot on the bottom edge.
09/10/2008 - 8:26 PM


ChrisHi Derek - Thanks for your PM. This is what I did on the mod.

1. Opened up new layer and selected mode overlay and checking the 50% gray box.
2. You should be active on the top layer.
3. To lighten an area, you need to set the FG colour to white, to darken, set it to black.
4. We want to darken so set it to black and click on the brush tool
5. Set the brush size as appropriate and set opacity to about 30%
6. If the FG colour is black than the higher the opacity, the darker you make the area you paint. With the FG colour set to white, the higher the opacity, the lighter the area painted.
7. Paint over the light area and you will see it darken. You can undo if necessary and try a different opacity.
8. Once you are happy, flatten the layers
9. I am not sure how much you know a bout PS, so if you need any further explanation then PM me.
10. The best way to learn is to have a play, trying the different options.
11. Using layers does not destroy the image (until you flatten it). Some people save the unflattened image, in case they need to do further changes.

Hope this helps.


05/07/2008 - 8:26 PM


SkipperHere is some more information, hopefully, you will find of use.


This I find I use most of all in layers.

Select Layers - New - Layer
Using the mode dropdown select overlay
Then tick the Fill overlay-neutral colour box

This will give you a new layer.

Towards the bottom of the tools bar there are 2 large boxes with a small replica set to black and white.

Click on this to set the large boxes to black/white. The top box is the foreground colour and the bottom box is the background colour. To the right of these boxes is a line with two arrow heads. This flips flops the two boxes between FG and BG.

When you want to darken an area, set the FG box to black. To lighten, set the FG box to white.

Click on the brush tool and set the brush size to a size a bit smaller than the area you want to change. There will be a box on the tool bar called opacity. This controls the amount of darkening/lightening. Set this to about 25% to start off with. If you want to darken an area then set the FG to black and run the brush over the area that needs darkening. Change the brush size as required. To lighten areas, change the foreground colour to white and brush over the necessary areas.

If you mess it up, go into the window dropdown (in PS), click on the layers option. Go into the new layers window and move the layer into the dustbin.

Once you are happy with the change, click on the layers option, from the tool bar, then click on flatten image.

In curves, I click on the centre of the diagonal line to fix it. Then I go up the line to where it meets the next set of dotted lines. Where they cross, I click just above them (only a tad). Similarly, I go down the diagonal line, from the centre to where the lower dotted lines cross and click just below them. to make an 'S'. To lighten the image make an inverted 'S'. You will need to experiment but it is only a small adjustment. I hope this makes sense.

This may sound very complicated but if you follow these instructions as a play in PS, I hope it will make sense.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are still having problems.