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Old Feb 16, 2006, 10:58 PM   #1
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Previously, I onlyhad an olllllld version of photoshop on my computer, and it had some broken links to boot...but, I finally got my hands on an updated version, and have been playing around tonite. Since I like to take dog photos, one of the main things I want to become proficient at is removing leashes. (post-production, that is!!!)

So...this was my first real attempt...what do you think?? I did have difficulty in some areas, but does it work overall??

This is the photo "sans leash"...
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Old Feb 16, 2006, 11:03 PM   #2
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And this is the original...
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Old Feb 16, 2006, 11:13 PM   #3
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There's a hint of blurring right under the dog, but other than that, I think it's a great first effort. In situations like this (grass), I like to copy a large chunk of grass, but it behind the main layer under the area I need to replace, adn then use various eraser brushes to etch away the offending item, leaving totally real texture behind.
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Old Feb 17, 2006, 5:52 AM   #4
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Good job, about halfway down though is a leaf which you have cloned and it looks a bit obvious! just clone a different leaf from elswhere or a bit of grass over it.
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I think you did a great first job. Any obvious cloning here I think is only obvious because you have a before and after. Otherwise you would really have to be looking for it (when posted at web resolutions anyways) Good job.

I would say just take the leash off, but little grays and whippets have a tendancy to run off. The price winning Vivi the whippet ran away form the airport here in NYC before the AKC dog show. Someone will probably find themselves a 50,000 dollar dog pretty soon.


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Cool...thanks for the advice all!! :-) This was definitely a very amatuer first attempt, literally the only thing I used was the clone stamp. I do have to learn more about using different layers-b/c I honestly don't have a clue right now, really!! Another thing on my long list of things-to-do is to take a photoshop class. (I've already looked at some being offered in the spring at the smithsonian here in DC, they have a couple photoshop classes specifically related to digital photography)

The part I reallyhad the hardest time with was the area just behind the belly band of his coat, because in the original pic, that's where the leash was coming out from under his coat, and you couldn't actuallysee any of him in that spot. So it was hard for me to get the right look to how his outline would be there. So, that was the part that looks the worst to me (since I was fussing with it for so long!)-like it's just kind of drawn in, which it bascially is, lol.

(and stustaff, you are certainly right about that one leaf-that would be my fault entirely for being lazy and in a rush!! :lol

Anyway, thanks again for all the comments, I really do appreciate them.... and I'm looking forward to more practice & putting the advice to use!! :-)
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if you didn't say anything, i would not have noticed, but after i knew you'd done some cloning that one aforementioned leaf jumped out at me....good job though .*
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What leash? Great first job and I'd have never known without the 2nd shot. You are inspiring me to take that PS upgrade plunge and get to work.

BTW great capture on the eyes. Beautiful pup.

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Agreed, general advice on sight hounds is never to remove that leash. Think I remember some special on the greyhound adoption program making that a point of emphasis. I hadn't heard about the runaway at NYC, but hope whomever finds the pup will recognize and return.
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Old Feb 20, 2006, 4:58 PM   #9
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What leash? Great first job and I'd have never known without the 2nd shot. You are inspiring me to take that PS upgrade plunge and get to work.

BTW great capture on the eyes. Beautiful pup.

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Agreed, general advice on sight hounds is never to remove that leash. Think I remember some special on the greyhound adoption program making that a point of emphasis. I hadn't heard about the runaway at NYC, but hope whomever finds the pup will recognize and return.

Thanks Julie & M... :-) And M, cool about getting a PS upgrade... Our old version was not working right anyway, so we really needed it!! Unfortunately, I haven't had much of a chance to play with it yet, since I've been moving all weekend (well, painting first over the weekend, then hopefully moving this coming week!)

And yes...it is definitely good advice not to let the sighthounds off the leash... They see a squirrel across the street, and can be off like a rocket in a heartbeat!! And at 40 mph...you probably won't be catching up very easily!! :? I used to have a "full sized" grey, and have stayed actively involved with my adoption group I got him thru, and they have sadly seen their share of runaways, whether it was escape artists or pups let off who bolted. Whippets, Greys & Italian Greys are just the sweetest tempered dogs you could ever hope to find, but the majority of the time (not always, but often) they are just not reliable off-lead.

But...hey...doesn't matter anyway if I can just master photoshop!!! :blah:
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So what kind of Photo Shop do you have now?? Didyou have?? :?

Moving?, will your dog be able to have a fenced in lawn so you can take pictures of him with out the leash? That would be the ideal situation until you "master" photoshop??:G

Have you thought about taking pictures of people and their pets?
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