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Old May 15th, 2009, 04:04 PM
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The bride and I both like this image, but I'm bothered by the concrete pathway. Any ideas about what I could do with this?

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Old May 15th, 2009, 07:09 PM
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Replace it with grass if you like!

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Old May 15th, 2009, 07:22 PM
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Clone? Or a layer?
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Old May 15th, 2009, 10:42 PM
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Copy the layer.

Open up a file with a picture of green grass and select and drag that image to the brides picture. Move the layer so it's between the two copies of the brides picture.

Select the asphalt path. Drag that layer to the bottom of the layer dialog box to the mask icon. You'll now see a white rectangle to the right of the image icon in that layer. Make sure this is selected. Now fill the selection you made of the asphalt with black: Edit, fill, black.

Now the grass layer below will show through.

Go back to the mask layer. Reselect the white box which has now black in the center.

Use a black soft brush (vary the size with the [ for smaller brush or ] for larger brush size) and set the percent at the top of the Photoshop command bar to be 10% and then paint either black to make more grass gradually appear or white to bring back the dress that you accidentally obscured.

Try it out!

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Old May 15th, 2009, 10:45 PM
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This is a very simple quick and dirty exercise for anyone who has never masked a portion of an image to get something else to appear from below. If you have a moment, jump in and do this. This will be rewarding as it opens up many creative ways to deliver what you want.

If you have a better way, share it!

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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:29 AM
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I think I can do that! Thanks.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:02 AM
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What Asher said, but first crop in tighter on the bride -- a lot tighter. You've already clipped her gown on the right, so get her up against the edge of the frame on the left, and closer to the bottom of the frame. That alone will eliminate much of the distracting pathway.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:14 AM
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It's not concrete; it's asphalt, a bituminous product sometimes called "hotmix". I like asphalt. What's wrong with asphalt? Maybe this babe's family is in the asphalt paving business? Maybe daddy's paying your bill with money he's earned as a member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

You should be careful not to offend NAPA members or else no more hotmix brides for you.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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I am sorry I may sound harsh but I see more things wrong with this picture before one should start worrying about secondary issues such as the asphalt path. Why don't you work on getting the exposure, contrast, color balance and cropping right first? If all that is fine, then you can worry about the rest.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 07:16 AM
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My first concern is getting something for the bride she would like.

This is what I've managed so far....I think I need an image with grass that is the same size as the bride.



It's still a struggle, but baby steps are happening.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 09:24 AM
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You are doing well replacing the tarmac with grass.

Next time, to save time, ask the model to stand on a grassy area ;-)
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Old May 16th, 2009, 10:10 AM
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She didn't want grass stains on her gown. I have to confess I sympathized with that.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:07 AM
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My first concern is getting something for the bride she would like.

This is what I've managed so far....I think I need an image with grass that is the same size as the bride.



It's still a struggle, but baby steps are happening.
Rachel,

You have already demonstrated that you can ace this! Just need more time. The bride will be so happy. But remember that the comments on composition by Jack and Cem's points are valid!

So, just the moment, the grass!

You have done an excellent job. Now select all and copy past adding that grass to the left. This time use a zigzag blending of the two adjacent grass pieces so the seam is hidden. Use a smaller and smaller brush. Black to reveal, white to get back the layer you are working with.

Even zigzag the edges of the first zigzag! When that's done, let's look at composition. :)

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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:32 AM
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She didn't want grass stains on her gown. I have to confess I sympathized with that.
Some things are worse than grass......
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:34 AM
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Ugh! That's pretty bad.


I don't understand why the grass only replaces half the asphalt.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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I DID IT!


Now the zigzag thing.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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Composition can be done tomorrow. For now...I rest and I celebrate!
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:23 PM
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Pretty damn good going Rachel. Now the composition. Consider removing 3/4" of the left and then that width is right.

Now the length. There are three options.
  1. As is. I don't like it. There is no decision as to where she belongs

  2. Cut at least 1/4" from the lower edge.

  3. Cut substantially from the trees!

Are there other options?

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Old May 17th, 2009, 08:38 PM
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Old May 17th, 2009, 08:57 PM
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Rachel,

With what you have done, now try adding back the height of the trees!

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Old May 18th, 2009, 05:01 AM
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I can do that, but she'll want to print it 8 x 10. Suggestions?
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Old July 25th, 2009, 05:32 PM
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I'm late to this party, but in addition to putting in the grass, I would mask out the bride and adjust curves on her to pop her out from the background.

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Old July 25th, 2009, 06:36 PM
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I'll have to look that up in the book. Thanks!
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Old July 26th, 2009, 06:30 PM
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I'll have to look that up in the book. Thanks!
Layers and layer masks. I simply can't imaging editing images without them.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 02:36 AM
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I would do something very dramatic with that amazing pavement, specially in b/w. Also, I like that pipe.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 01:15 PM
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Leonardo, what would you do?
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