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I would never have noticed myself, but it was pointed out yesterday I
was about to tick over onto 3000 posts and requested that I make it a
good one. Or at least post some pics [:p]

Sadly couldn't take any new ones as both my camera (Canon PowerShot
A300) and the other half's (Canon S2 IS - are you noticing a pattern
here?) have packed in with battery related 'issues', so here are a
couple I have been playing with recently.

Been experimenting with Photoshop techniques, and I'm really liking the
'cutout' at the moment. Does anybody else have any nice ways to
manipulate photographs in the post-processing stage?

Watching the clock

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Colourful sun lounger with a sepia background to make it more alluring.

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A black and white mix, to bring out the colours in the sky and foreground greenery.

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I've seen various ways of achieving the effect, including creating a
s election around the item you want to cut out, inverting it and then
desaturating / adjusting levels etc. But I find it much easier (in
PShop 7) to desaturate the whole image, then use the History Brush to
colour the item back in.Remember if you have made any changes you wish
to save, or if you have changed the size of the image, you will have to
take a Snapshot which the History brush reverts the image to (not sure
if that makes sense, let me know if it doesn't!)

Nice pics , think Graham had it mind for other types LOL.
Thank you. And what Graham wants is not always what Graham gets [:p]
 

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I've seen various ways of achieving the effect, including creating a s election around the item you want to cut out, inverting it and then desaturating / adjusting levels etc. But I find it much easier (in PShop 7) to desaturate the whole image, then use the History Brush to colour the item back in.Remember if you have made any changes you wish to save, or if you have changed the size of the image, you will have to take a Snapshot which the History brush reverts the image to (not sure if that makes sense, let me know if it doesn't!)

Nice pics , think Graham had it mind for other types LOL.
Thank you. And what Graham wants is not always what Graham gets [:p]
A wee while back a mate (who is s*** hot with pshop) was helping me do the same to a pic of my car.. the ground was black and white (apart from the lines of the parking space) and my car was in colour.. never finished it though.. and he moved to another company a few weeks back. Will have to borrow his copy of pshop and get it installed at home [:)] and buy myself a teach yaself guide.
 

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Didnt think a photo with that wroten on it would be aloud on the forum[:cool:]
[^o)] If the word written on it offends one more person, I'll remove it
It doesnt offend me in the slightest, but as it is a "rude" word I thought that it wasnt aloud on the forum?? Please correct me if I am wrong.
 

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Image removed. Please edit your post Simon.
Sincere apologies to all those who could not appreciate the photograph for what it was
 

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Too clever for me, Cat. Lovely pics, like the deck chair shot especially. I've done that effect once or twice the really hard way, manually s electing, fiddling, then merging layers using Paint Shop Pro 6, but I find I don't have time for such fancy stuff and rarely post-process except for occasional level adjustment.
 

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Image removed. Please edit your post Simon.
Sincere apologies to all those who could not appreciate the photograph for what it was
no really ? It's been removed for that ? its only some graffitti ! [:|]
 

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Thanks guys. I am big brother though, lol - removed it myself. We do
try to discourage swearing in here, after all, even if it is done in an
attractive way [:p][:D]

Shiuming, I also tend to leave photographs as they are, not even
tweaking levels however I've recently gotten into the habit of
optimising more of my photographs because I feel they are coming out a
little dull. Which got me into playing with other features, and once I
found out how easy it was to create 'cutout' photos, I've been hunting
my archives for suitable subjects! That's actually the hardest part I
find, getting a photograph with the right subject, background &
colours
 

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Shiuming, I also tend to leave photographs as they are, not even tweaking levels however I've recently gotten into the habit of optimising more of my photographs because I feel they are coming out a little dull.
Perhaps that's just a reflection of reality?! Are you using a CRT or LCD monitor? I sometimes process to give a bit more punch, like this one I tweaked the histogram a bit, to give it that "brochure" look, I'll leave you to decide if I succeeded. It was a dull overcast day. On other occasions I'll tweak the histogram the other way to tone down the contrast and make it more real, if I got the exposure wrong, but only if I liked the shot, otherwise I just bin it.

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Perhaps that's just a reflection of reality?!
Yes, it definitely is - they're as realistic as they come. Problem is,
for my purposes I need 'larger than life' colours. Just not quite sure
how to achieve that yet. Oh, and I use LCD monitors at home and work

That image looks great, I often find with lighter colours that the
detail gets lost when you tweak the brightness but it doesn't look like
the case here.
 
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