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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 1:24 am 
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I've not done much of this kind of thing. This isn't very well done, but it's sort of what I had in mind for this image. I don't really have the patience for the amount of work I'd need to do to fix the things that bother me (like the smoothness of the robe, the lack of folds, etc). I may go back out and actually do this with a costume & some props.

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I think you are correct Walter, some folds and depth to the creature. I like the concept.

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If you did it as a layer in photoshop, try reducing the opacity of the the layer, so baphomet (or whatever) blends into the background more. Try a soft brush with reduced opacity to erase out the base of the cloak and merge it with the ground more. It might make it look more ghostly, but that would be suitable for this subject matter.

You could go one step further and layer in a group of Masons dancing round him ;) OK maybe not...

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There is a bit of transparency already. Fixing the bottom is one of the things I would want to do to get this more realistic (ie, physical rather than digital) but doing that right is many hours of work, I think, to painstakingly erase the cloak where blades of grass should overlap in front of it, etc. It would be less work and a better result to just go back with a black sheet and some horns and do it in costume.

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Fantastic Walter. I like the image and the concept! Oh please make the time to show us how you develop this into the final image. How did you achieve that forest? Is that IR?

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Not infrared; just weathered light bark and lighting. Bit of vignette and split toning in the post-processing.

The creature was just cut & paste from stock image of a halloween cloak and a cow's skull.... perhaps somewhat poorly.

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Good attempt. It is much easier to use layers and layer masks to bring some of the grass to the foreground. Duplicate your background layer place you subject under that layer then paint with black to bring your subject out they way you want. I think you may find that reasonably effective.

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