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Old Jul 30, 2007, 10:07 AM   #11
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Thanks Ira. I had just got finished cropping it as you did, but since you already posted it, I don't have to. I do have a question. Is it possible to blur the background out of camera, especially with all the water droplets spread out all over the place?

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In PS you can dupe the layer, and apply blur to that, then create a layer mask and paint on that with black as your forground colour to reveal your subject sharply as before leaving your background still blurred. Use a soft brush to paint at low opacity to build up the effect, andacheive the best results. Hope this helps ... Jack.
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Old Jul 30, 2007, 10:17 AM   #12
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A quick attempt ... hope you don't mind. ... Jack
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Thanks Jack. I don't have PS, but I do have a couple of other programs I can play with. I still need to learn how to use layers. Just don't seem to have to time to get to it. Thanks again for the ideas!

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Ok Glenn glad you like, I made a point of using PS exclusively two or three years back, don't know how I'd manage without using layers now, it's become an automatic process, you have to bite the bullet, and head up that steep learning curve, I don't think you ever really finish with PS. ... Jack
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Ok Glenn glad you like, I made a point of using PS exclusively two or three years back, don't know how I'd manage without using layers now, it's become an automatic process, you have to bite the bullet, and head up that steep learning curve, I don't think you ever really finish with PS. ... Jack
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wonder where you got that jack??? lol
i've always said, get a decent graphics program that supports layersand stick to just it. there are a couple that are free that are almost as powerful as PS. they're is a plethora of programs out there that only do 1 thing well. download them and see what they do. THEN use your program to duplicate how they do it.

here is a poor blur background. it's quick and bad because i used too big of a brush to do it. it can be done very selectively.

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Love your shots!
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I like all three shots, great stop motion captures. This discussion on improving the third shot has been beneficial to me also, so thanks everyone who contributed to it.

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Ok Glenn glad you like, I made a point of using PS exclusively two or three years back, don't know how I'd manage without using layers now, it's become an automatic process, you have to bite the bullet, and head up that steep learning curve, I don't think you ever really finish with PS. ... Jack
hmmmm,
wonder where you got that jack??? lol
i've always said, get a decent graphics program that supports layersand stick to just it. there are a couple that are free that are almost as powerful as PS. they're is a plethora of programs out there that only do 1 thing well. download them and see what they do. THEN use your program to duplicate how they do it.

here is a poor blur background. it's quick and bad because i used too big of a brush to do it. it can be done very selectively.

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H....mmm indeed Roy, I guess you were instrumental in meditching all but PS, wayback then, and it has paid off, I don't claim to be an expert, but can cope with most things, and still willing to learn. ... Jack

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Here is a side by side example showing an original out-of-camera file and a file that has been selectively blurred and sharpened (and the levels adjusted). This is just to show how much change can be accomplished with simple tools and adjustments.

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It may be my work monitor, but the Before and After both look the same.





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