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Old Feb 10, 2005, 10:39 PM   #1
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I've tried to create a more realistic "period" image by combining a Rebel soldier with a shot I took on a misty morning in East Texas. Here are the two original (resized) photos.
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Old Feb 10, 2005, 10:44 PM   #2
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I then masked the Rebel soldier with CorelDraw 12 and placed him in the foreground of the misty morning photo. I also softened the outline of the soldier to try to blend him in better with the background.


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Then I went after a different look by adding a "zoom blur" effect. Comments? Suggestions?

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The comp worked, almost can't tell he wasnot really there. The ground effect around the feet give is away a bit though.

I prefer the first image, of the two.

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Old Feb 10, 2005, 10:54 PM   #5
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Yes, I could have spent a bit more time working with the bottom of the shoe, rifle butt and pant leg. Thanks for the observation.

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Old Feb 12, 2005, 12:51 AM   #6
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Hi Walter & Peter,

I prefer the straight misty morning pic.

Iwould also be very interested to see what you would do to the shoe to plant this man a bit more solidly in the grass.(Otherwise to me he looks fine...)Things like this really trip me upwhen I move things.

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I like the result you got on the first one (the one without the motion blur) but would spend more time on the edges, they still look very harsh.

I hope you don't mind (if you do let me know) but I put this into PS and made a few adjustments to the edges.


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Yes, that works better. Thanks for taking the time to do that.

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Nice shots. That is better, but what you really need is a drop shadow for the guy. Otherwise he still looks like he is floating. I am not really sure how to do it, I think you put it on a seperate layer and blend the opacity. Someone on here should be able to tell you for sure.
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In PhotoShop you need to have him on his own layer (with a transparent background)and then under the blending options for the layeryou can add a drop shadow.
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