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 Post subject: leaf fall
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:04 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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Now THAT is really cool, Bambi. I love your fall colors in NS, and the way you captured a solitary leaf in a globe. Care to share how you did it?

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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Nice work. That sort of skill could come in very handy when designing websites.

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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Patrish wrote:
Now THAT is really cool, Bambi. I love your fall colors in NS, and the way you captured a solitary leaf in a globe. Care to share how you did it?



Thanks Patrish. I am glad you like it. It was fun to do. Here's my process (btw I use PSPX2):
1. the background was the base picture. It was of a single leaf on a stem- the back was out of focus but not the leaf.
2. I did the basic enhancements since it was in raw- brightness, colour balance, sharpness etc
3. using the square select tool I selected the leaf and made a copy.
4. I opened that leaf in a new image and used the effects menu to make it a circle with the edges transparent.
5. copied this and went back to the original image
6. used Gaussian blur to blur the main image
7. pasted the leaf circles in as new layers, adjusted the size and location (each bubble was it's own layer) until I was happy.
8. I used 3 effects such as 'button' and 'drop shadow' to create the 3 d effect on the bubbles.

As for where I got the idea- I just let myself play and it worked it's way out- I was not trying to recreate something else nor did I have a set plan in mind.
there- all my trade secrets. 8)


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Nice work. That sort of skill could come in very handy when designing websites.

Thanks Paul- I hadn't thought of it that way- I was just playing :)

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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very fun, nice job. I like the fact that you took the time to rotate the leaf in your drop for each new drop.

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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Thanks much for sharing your processing, Bambi! Something like this would make lovely greeting cards...spring, winter, fall, even people events like birthdays. It's a very unique idea!

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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This is really cool. I like this image alot. What I particularly like is the autumn browns against the nice grey background. It almost recreates a scene of raindrops on a window, each drop being a lens to the view outside. If you were going for this kind of look (I know you said you weren't) then I believe all the leaves would need to be at a similar angle. The fact that you have rotated some of the adds interest to the image imo.

Good stuff, works really well.

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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thanks Patrish, Scott and Timmy! it was fun and I will definitely do it again

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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this is such a neat concept and well executed...very nice, Bambi..I can see it too for web design, as previously mentioned, or as a scrapbook page in a book...maybe with family portraits? I dunno, just thinking.. :) thanks for sharing..


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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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Pretty :)

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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But mimicking a cliché?
Find it even worse.

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 Post subject: Re: leaf fall
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walter23 wrote:
Hate to be that guy
But mimicking a cliché?
Find it even worse.


sorry Walter, I'm not sure I understand your comment. :?

thanks Thunder and EP!

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