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Old Oct 21, 2004, 1:12 PM   #1
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Well,I set up a make shift studio using a table, $6 worth of fabric from Wal Mart, household lamps, and this is one of the pictures that I got. I told the mom that if I got just two good shots out of all the pictures I took, I'd be ecstatic. She was fine with that.

I'm going to post the original shot and a softened shot. I need help, though. The diaper just glows and distracts from the shot (I think).

Please provide criticism, remakes, advice, etc. so that I can make this a nice keepsake for my cousin. Thanks!!



First the unaltered shot...
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Old Oct 21, 2004, 1:13 PM   #2
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Here is the softened version...



Can someone make that diaper glow go away?????????????

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Old Oct 21, 2004, 11:33 PM   #3
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I usually draw a blank when i gaze upon the mother and child subject...but I'll tell you in all honesty, I like this one!! My preference is the original, and I wasn't distracted by the diaper. Good work!

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Old Oct 21, 2004, 11:41 PM   #4
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ok, here's wat you gotta do...

i like the softened version, but it's a bit too much...

so, tone it down a bit...

another thing you could do is darken the background a bit (photoshop or paint shop pro would work for this...and many others..but i don't know first hand on those)

levels would work for this...

well, you got great expressions on their faces good work!

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Old Oct 22, 2004, 10:13 AM   #5
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I like the original photo. There are two ways I would get rid of the diaper glow.

1. Crop it out - My attention is drawn to faces not the diaper

2. In PS or PS elements - you can use the magnetic lasso or lasso and pull the diaper to another layer. Soften the glow in that layer and then move it back.
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Old Oct 22, 2004, 11:06 AM   #6
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Hi WisconsinGirl...

Wonderful photo...

I would go with sharper version and do the crop that Gibsonpd3620 suggested.

I did try a crop and it looks good...I can post if you want.

Very nice of you to do something so special for your cuz!


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magnetic lasso, reduse brightness, despeckle.




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Old Oct 22, 2004, 12:16 PM   #8
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Thank you SO MUCH for your ideas. I just got the Photoshop Elements a few days ago, so I haven't had any playing time. Someone had given me a copy of Microsoft Picture It and it seemed more user friendly so I'vebeen using that. I need to just sit down and play more with PS (oh, my family will LOVE that ).

I knew the glowing effect was too much but I just couldn't figure out what to do.

Please post your cropping ideas, digcamfan, or anyone else. I'd like to see what you had in mind.

I guess I need to figure out what a lasso is, besides the one hanging in our shed :-), and get working on that diaper.

I'll post again when I can figure out the modifications suggested.

THANKS A BUNCH!!!
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ok, since you got elements, i'll point out two sites for you...

www.luminous-landscape.com(mainly photography for PS)

www.good-tutorials.com (all types of graphics, but has some fun stuff to learn with)

as far as i know those sites are for PS 7, but you should be able to use elements with the tutorials...

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Old Oct 22, 2004, 12:36 PM   #10
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THANK YOU VITO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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