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Old May 28, 2004, 4:03 PM   #1
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This picture was taken at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last January. It is a ball of poinsettia plants, suspended from the ceiling of one of the greenhouses. There was little I could do to get a good frame on the object (I had no 20 ft stepladder handy)and the resulting image included smudged glass and ugly pipes and window frames. With that, I painted out all the ugly stuff and this orb is what remains......
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Old May 28, 2004, 4:17 PM   #2
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Nice shot. :-)
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Old May 28, 2004, 4:34 PM   #3
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That must have been a huge amount of work to erase all the garbage you didn't want in the frame! You did a good enough job that I thought at first you'd shot it against a white wall or ceiling. By increasing saturation and contrast, you might be able to overcome the filminess that's probably a result of the smudged glass you mentioned. Worth a try, anyway.
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Old May 28, 2004, 6:49 PM   #4
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Yes, I too am impressed by your talents at eliminating the color!

Perhaps something like this is what you had in mind, Bcoultry?
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Old May 28, 2004, 6:59 PM   #5
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You got it, Digcamfan!
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Yes, this was my first pixel by pixel removal project. There are errors but it was actually fun and I learned a few things for next time......The edit by digcamfan looks good also. I admit it was a lot of work following that border all the way around. Like Bilbo's journey, I was ready to throw in the towel when the journey ended.....
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Old May 28, 2004, 9:09 PM   #7
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Here is the original.....


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Old May 29, 2004, 5:56 AM   #8
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Your edit work, RGRotts,is even more impressive given the original you have now shared with the forum, doubly, triply so given that you used pixel removal method!!!

Yowza!

Awesome!
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Thanks...It was an adventure and have since learned that I had tools which I could have used to make it a littleeasier, but there is next time...I have one in mind for that.....
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Old May 31, 2004, 7:07 AM   #10
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Magic wound and additive selections are a wonderful tool, isn't it RGRotts ?

One suggestion :

1) take your magic wound again and selected all of the outer white part (plus some white inside ( or use the "similar" selection command ;-)).

2) Copy and paste.

3) Create an empty layer

4) move this layer below the copy and pasted one

5) Try some radial gradient centered on the center of the image. Feel free to find the most appropriate BG(background) and FG(foreground) colors for the gradient.

6) Have fun !
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