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11:09 pm - Extracted Flower 3


St. Demetrios, Seattle
September, 2007

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From:dd_b
Date:September 23rd, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I've been liking the flowers. I seem to especially like the imperfect ones.

And the extractions look pretty good (in particular, better than mine). Are you just working harder on them, or have you found the Magic Tool?
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:September 23rd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm glad you like the extractions -- by the time I'm done, all I can see are the mistakes.

I'm using the Extract tool. Once the flower is extracted, I duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J) a few times, and that builds back some of the dropouts. (This was from Scott Kelby; "don't know why but it works" as he said.) You can use the history brush to paint back in the dropouts inside the flower, and the eraser to get rid of the fuzzy bits outside. So, I'll be going around the border of the extracted image at 200 or 300% doing this.
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From:dd_b
Date:September 23rd, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Stacking the semi-transparent portions around the edge will reinforce them, and do nothing to the completely solid pixels, so I'd guess that was the purpose of the stacking behavior. Interesting idea.

Yep, every maker of good extractions I've seen says the same thing, there's a pack full of useful techniques but what it mostly comes down to is doing the necessary pixel-by-pixel work to get the last little bits good enough. I stopped *really* hoping for a magic technique some time ago, but it does me good to be reminded now and then :-).
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:September 24th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
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This has started me reading Photoshop Masking and Compositing, by Katrin Eisman, which I've had for months without cracking. Hah!
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From:slave_driver
Date:September 23rd, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Hey Luke, you're work is getting pretty good, in my layman's opinion. I'm going to have to decorate an apartment pretty soon, after Nev and I split up. I've made a decision to support the work of friends of mine who are artists, by buying their work to decorate the walls of my apartment with. I would very much like to have one, or more, of your works on my wall someday. I don't want to start collecting stuff until I do get my own place though, which will be in the spring sometime. At that point I'd like to look at some of your work that you'd like to sell, and if I don't have all the money up front, maybe we could work out a payment plan?

I know this is a horrible question, because it shows how little I actually pay attention sometimes, but do you have a web site where you post the works you'd like to sell? If so, please send me the link and if I see something of yours that I really really like, I could start paying you for it now and by the time I get my own place I'll have you paid off.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:September 23rd, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I don't have a website where I put works for sell. I have a portfolio website (lukemcguff.com) but don't keep it updated.

I'd be happy to sell you something for your new apartment, let's wait until you're actually there before talking turkey.
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From:slave_driver
Date:September 23rd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
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let's wait until you're actually there before talking turkey.

My thoughts exactly.

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