Feathering Feathers (experiments in compositing)

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Feathering Feathers (experiments in compositing)

Postby Richard Olpin » Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:14 am

I’m trying to improve my Photoshop skills and so I figured I’d spend a few mins this evening working on compositing, primarily as an exercise in masking and blending layers.

I had a few silhouette shots from our hawk flying session last wednesday where I’d been following the birds around a rather dull and grey sky. Most of them looked rather like this, which let’s face it, is hardly the most inspiring picture in the world.

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I dug out a couple of recent sunset shots and set about dropping the falcon on top.

This was all pretty much a simple layer mask, starting from a simple magic wand selection I then tidied up the edges by hand.
It wasn't too painful, initially I spent about 20 mins using just the mouse (thank gh0d at least for Photoshop CS4’s amazingly useful canvas rotation thing) before I remembered my little Wacom tablet was sat behind the monitor – DOH! The next few mins were considerably less painful and inspire me to get a nicer and slightly larger tablet.

Anyway, 10 mins later, this was attempt #1:
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and #2
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Re: Feathering Feathers (experiments in compositing)

Postby Nutty » Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:28 am

Pretty convincing to me. I really need to learn how to use PS.

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Re: Feathering Feathers (experiments in compositing)

Postby Kor » Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:36 pm

Number 2 is really good. You've got a little bit of a halo on the bottom of the wings, but I'm not sure if that's just an artifact of the image reduction or not.

Good work though :D


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