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  • #31
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    Originally posted by Dreamweaver


    Christina, Thanks I'll give it a try.

    It looks like there is as many steps to doing the mask as there is the way I do it it's just a little more forgiving and easier to fix problems.

    I would really like to know haow you did the smoke though it seems to me that it would take forever to maks that.

    And could you email me the smoke ready to be layered?

    Mike J


    It really is the same as what you were doing, it just is a bit more forgiving of mistakes and it's a little easier to make a soft edge.

    As for the smoke it took me less than a minute. I did a very rough selection of some steam from an image I had of a steam loco, stuck it in the image and then made a layer mask. With a big soft brush I painted out all around the edges (not trying to be careful at all) and then I used grey (which gives you a transparent mask) and painted out a bit more. You can use channels to make very detailed selections of things like whisps of hair but it really isn't necessary for this. I'd be happy to send you the selection if you want but it's really just a lasso selection of steam.

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    • #32
      Christina, Yes please send it..

      mikej@dreamweavertrains.com

      Thanks

      Mike J

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      • #33
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        Originally posted by Dreamweaver


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        Thanks for the compliments I hope this helps you figure out this program and I wait to see your creations.

        Mike J


        Thanks Mike for this excellent tutorial. You ask to see our creations so here is my first attempt. I've had a play using Photoshop CS3 and in that have found a majic wand tool that automatically grabs the area, which saves quite a bit of time. I think I need to find a better picture of the sky but its all I had for now.


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        • #34
          Looks good Barry, I like the sky.

          Mike J

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          • #35
            Barry, that looks wonderful. You're a quick learner.

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            • #36
              Hello all,

              I have Paint Shop Pro (Version 5) which I have been using for a number of years - without updating.

              It is a similar program to Photoshop, and from Mike's screenshots, it seems to have much the same layout and applications.

              However, I have never been able to get my head around using the layer mask. All my attempts at removing a distracting background and replacing it with a blue sky, or some other scene have had to be manually and tediously done by hand, usually with mediocre results.

              Here's a screenshot of the workspace.




              Does anyone have any experience with PSP, and any tips on layer masking?

              Many thanks.


              John.


              Time is the Gauge of Existence

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              • #37
                Mike, I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 program installed in my computer. Can I get the same results you've achieved?

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