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  • Have you tried re-setting all tools?
  • Could it be that your space bar is sticking?
  • Impressive images, thanks for the link.
  • Don't have CS4 but this is how I do it in CS3. Duplicate the background layer, then go up to filters/blur/gaussian blur, and set the radius of the gaussian blur to around 8 or more depending on how much you want to blur the background. Now go back to the layers palette, and drag the opacity slider down to around 50-60%. Add a layer mask to the copied layer, grab the brush tool, give it a nice soft edge around 20% hardness, make sure your foreground colour is set to black, and set the brush opacity to 30% in photoshop's option bar. Now just gradually paint back in the detail of the bird using multiple brush strokes, firstly making sure the layer mask is selected. Painting with black on the layer mask will erase the blur you added, painting with white will bring it back should you make any mistakes.
  • Select the move tool to nudge selections with the arrow keys after you've made them.
  • Are the branches silhouettes/black against the sky? If they should be able to paint over them using a 50% grey dodge and burn layer, to lighten the sky without affecting the branches., because a 50% grey layer will ignore anything thats totally black when you paint over it with a white brush. To create this D&B layer, hold down the alt key and click on the add new layer icon in the layers palette, then when the dialog box pops up, change the mode to overlay, and put a tick in the box at the bottom that reads, fill with overlay-neutral-colour-50% grey and click ok. Then just paint with white on that layer, with a low opacity soft-edged brush set to around 20%.
  • Perhaps guiding you through how I usually do this may be of some help. I create a new 80x80cm document set to white or black. I then go up to view/show/grid. I change my foreground colour to something that's not the same colour as my new document, I select the rectangle tool from the tools palette, and then go to photoshop's option bar at the top, and make sure that the shape layers icon is selected to the right of the rectangle tool icon, i then click on the small black triangle/geometry options next to the custom shapes icon, and input a fixed size of 20cm by 20cm. Now I draw my first shape into the new document and align it in the grid where I want it. Then I grab the move tool from the tools palette, and while holding down the alt key on my keyboard, I click on the first shape I've made and drag a duplicate to place next to it, I repeat this alt/click and drag until I have nine shapes. Now I go to the layers palette and right click on the last layer, which should be the only one selected at this time, and choose select similar layers. Then with all the other layers slected, I right click on one of them and select rasterize layers. Now I can add a stroke to the shapes, I click on layer one to select it, and then right click on the thumbnail of this layer and choose select pixels, then I go up to edit/stroke and input my stroke width, and I also make sure that the location is set to outside, I'll explain why later. Now I open up the images I want to paste into the shapes, and with my first one selected, I go up to select/all, then up to edit/copy. I then go back to the new document, and with my layer one still selected, I go up to edit/paste into. If I need to resize the pasted picture to fit the shape, i call up the free transform tool, ctrl and T and resize, I'm not worried at this point about going over the stroke I've made while resizing, because earlier I set the location of the stroke to outside, which means the pasted image will fall behind it and won't cross over it. I repeat the pasting of my other images in the same way into the other shapes, and I'm finished.
  • Have you clicked on the d&b icon to select it after adding the layer mask? Sounds like you're trying to D&B on the layer mask
  • right click on the image to download it using save picture as ?, do your modification, then upload it to that users page by clicking on upload modification.

  • Quote:The problem!! - using this method it should be easy to rectify mistakes

    If you add layer masks to the d&B layers, you can undo any mistakes using them.
  • But not forgotten...

  • Quote: hoping to spend time on this site getting info about how I can do things better technically, chatting to like minded folk, sharing stories and learning more.

    Hello and welcome to EPZ EJ, you've come to the right place for all of those things.

  • Aye that's why it will work. Ofcourse you'd have to render the shopper delerious first, by standing by the entrance with a frozen kipper, and thwocking them on the nogging as soon as they enter the door, then leg it to the changing rooms, disguise yourself as Santa, tail them to the veggie section and wait for the words,' good grief! These sprouts are some size, aren't they Thelma? Yes they are Norris! How on Earth are we going to cook these? Perhaps we should ask Santa over there for a giant saucepan? What the one with the fish sticking out of his pocket?
  • How about relocating the sprouts to the cabbage section and vice versa, and leaving a note reading, Modified sprouts, caution! Consuming one of these could send you on an unexpected trip to your attic.
  • As you rest and heal Pete, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick recovery.

    All the very best Richard
  • If the above is not what you wanted to know, and you want to know how to put one image above another in the layers palette, type V for the move tool and click and drag one image on to the other, when your over the other image, hold down the shift key and let go of the mouse button.

  • Quote:how do I make each image have its own layer?

    Hold down the alt key and double click on the background layer, the background layer will now become layer 0. To rename it - double click on layer 0.
  • Do your re-touching on seperate blank layers, one layer for the fingers, one for the knuckles and so on, that way if you lose too much defintion, you can lower the opacity of those layers to bring back some of the original detail, or you can add layer masks to the new layers, and if you make a mistake, click on the mask to select it and paint with black to bring back the detail, paint with white to bring back your re-touching work. In CS2 - the new layer icon is to the left of the bin icon, the new layer mask icon is to the right of the tiny f. Note the patch tool won't work on a blank layer, the healing brush, spot tool and clone stamp will though. Also check that sample all layers is ticked in photoshop's option bar.
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  • You could try this if you're using CS2.

    First create a new document by going up to file, new. When the dialog box pops up, set your image size so the horizontal and vertical are both equal and larger than that of your original image, also change the background contents at the bottom to tranparent.
    Next grab the eliptical marquee tool from the tools palette, it's hidden beneath the rectangular marquee tool top left corner. draw a circle inside this new document, hold down the shift key while dragging to maintain a fixed aspect ratio, so you get a perfect circle. Now switch to the image you want to paste into this circle, hold down the alt key on your keyboard, and double click on the background layer in the layers palette, to remove the padlock. Then while holding down the ctrl key, click on the unlocked layer to select it, then go upto edit and select copy. Now switch to your transparent document with the circle, go upto edit and select paste into. When that's done, hold down the ctrl key and press the letter T, to call up the free tranfrom tool, then just drag the top middle box of that tool upwards and the bottom middle box down until the pasted image fills the circle and click enter.
  • That's sad news Sad. Watched the first half of pink floyd live at earls's court last night, I was planning on saving part 2 for tonight, i'll be popping it in the old dvd player now, and raising a glass to Richard. Gone but not forgotten.

  • Quote:it clones about ten shades lighter than it should

    Is the mode set to normal in photoshop's option bar? if it's set to something like screen or linear dodge, that would explain why it's cloning much brighter than it should.
  • Or, you can convert to DNG using Adobe's latest free DNG converter and then open the DNG RAW file in CS2.
    The DNG converter is a standalone program that takes a NEF and converts it to a DNG file. CS2 already supports the DNG format so this should all work if you want to go this route. This is one of Adobe's standard answers for how you can get RAW files from newer cameras to work with CS2. Here's the download page for the DNG converter: link You download the whole camera RAW package and the DNG converter is inside that.
  • Looks like it was converted to mono first, something like a high contrast red filter, which is one of the new additions to CS3 . If you look at the woman's coat - bottom left - it's still in monochrome. If I'm right - It then had the colours painted back in gradually, using a low opacity history brush in certain areas.
  • Think mine's a Schizophrenic - it keeps making the same clicking noises over and over shortly before it crashes.
  • A friend posted this link to me, I found it very relaxing. See what you think. Turn up the volume and sit back and relax. Use your mouse to change direction.

    Sit back and relax

  • Quote:how do you create an action??

    First duplicate your image by holding down the ctrl key and pressing the letter J on your keyboard, to make everything in the layers palette accessible. Then Go to the bottom of the actions palette, and click on the new set icon, (it's the one in the middle of the six icons) and give it a name like my frames or something, so it will be easy for you to locate it later. Next to the new set icon is the create new action icon, click on that and give that a name also, click on record. Start creating your frame, and when your done - click on stop at the bottom left of the actions palette.(it will be shaped like a square)
    To save this new action, click on the my frames new set you first created to highlight it, by scrolling up the action palette's history states that you made creating this action. Then go to the top right corner of the actions palette, and click on the small black triangle. When the list pops up, select save actions.
  • Give pc booster 2008 a try, worked wonders on my machine, speeds up your pc, fixes registry issues, optimizes memory, clears out the garbage in the cache folder, and has a good few other options for tweaking pc performance to. Great software.

  • Glad to help Smile