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Jan 05, 2012 22:22 |  #7411

Strangely Scott, there is lots of things that I like about your shot, but there's things I dislike too :|


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Jan 06, 2012 02:41 |  #7412

windpig wrote in post #13653857 (external link)
Oh yea!

mrrikki wrote in post #13653894 (external link)
This is great! I thought it was Paddington first but realised it is St Pancras.

hieu1004 wrote in post #13654468 (external link)
Excellent shot pridash

Thanks to you all. :) And mrrikki - yes it is St Pancras. :)


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Jan 06, 2012 04:27 |  #7413

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Jan 06, 2012 04:33 |  #7414

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Finally finished this concept...

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PJ, what method did you use to seperate the girl from your original background, was it an alpha channel selection in PS?


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Jan 06, 2012 04:59 |  #7415

Fangita wrote in post #13655921 (external link)
Wow, just wow :)

Thanks. :)

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PJ, what method did you use to seperate the girl from your original background, was it an alpha channel selection in PS?

It was mainly the "refine edge" tool in CS5 which is frickin awesome - I haven't needed to use the channels method in a while now! :) The body and face took all of 2mins, but the hair took longer (painting as well as dodge & burn on the mask layer) as it still had hints of grey around some of the fly away strands.


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Jan 06, 2012 08:30 |  #7416

^^^^^ Refine edge tool ftw. That thing is insane

Great picture btw very eye catching.


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Jan 06, 2012 09:01 |  #7417

pridash wrote in post #13655959 (external link)
Thanks. :)

It was mainly the "refine edge" tool in CS5 which is frickin awesome - I haven't needed to use the channels method in a while now! :) The body and face took all of 2mins, but the hair took longer (painting as well as dodge & burn on the mask layer) as it still had hints of grey around some of the fly away strands.

I can never get good results with the refine edge tool.

I suspect I am not using it correctly. :-(


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Jan 06, 2012 10:38 |  #7418

Steve Ruddy wrote in post #13645456 (external link)
As you already mentioned the gel color, I agree and would have used a different more masculine color. I like the background effect and lighting is pretty good. I'm not sure how to achieve it but maybe a brighter catch light would have made his eyes livelier.

Thanks Steve, brollies should be here soon so no doubt they will help with the catch lights

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I would push the contrast a little bit on this in post.

Excellent, that worked a treat thankyou.


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Jan 06, 2012 10:52 |  #7419

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Jan 06, 2012 10:59 |  #7420

mtimber wrote in post #13656648 (external link)
I can never get good results with the refine edge tool.

I suspect I am not using it correctly. :-(

Yep, on its own it won't give you the finished look - you need to work on the mask afterwards. But how far you go will be determined on the subject and background luminance levels - on some backgrounds you can be more careless. When placing a subject on a uniform background (e.g., white or black), any carelessness can often be more apparent. You can see that when you cycle through the mask view (pressing "F" while in the Refine Edge dialogue box).

BTW, did you have "Smart Radius" turned on?


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Jan 06, 2012 15:31 |  #7421

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Jan 06, 2012 15:43 |  #7422

dabert07 wrote in post #13656503 (external link)
^^^^^ Refine edge tool ftw. That thing is insane

Great picture btw very eye catching.


Here is one of my composites which is nowhere near as good as Pridash lol

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Sorry I missed your comment! Thanks! :) Yep it's an awesome tool!

And you did great with your composite - sure the guys will love that shot! :)


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Jan 06, 2012 16:22 |  #7423

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I uselessly don't stray from this setup in the studio

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Jan 07, 2012 10:53 |  #7424

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Jan 07, 2012 13:40 |  #7425

^^^ You work with some cracking models Scott! :D

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