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Brush Art with Gale's Snowy Egret

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by beaucamera, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Here's another experiment with Photoshop custom brushes. This time I used one of Gale's beautiful snowy images.

    Separating the snowy egret from its background was one of my most challenging extractions so I thought it would be fun to see what I could do with this if I made my cutout into a custom brush. Making custom brushes is pretty simple to do. Making cutout like this, however, is not for the faint at heart. It's a time consuming and laborious process.

    When making custom brushes it's also pretty easy, at the same time, to create a pattern. The pattern I used on the background.

    aka beaucamera

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    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 10, 2007
  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Ohhh my
    Now that is creative.:>))))))
    That snowy egret is a fun pic
    Nice thanks
  3. Interesting effect. Only issue is that your ospreys in the title changed to snowy egrets in the process. :wink:
  4. Whoops, I guess this shows I'm not a birder.
    Thanks for the heads up, Alex!

    aka beaucamera

    P.S. I changed the original post. Thank you!
  5. You take such good birdie pics, Gale!
    (wish I were better at remembering my birds!)

    aka beaucamera
  6. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Making a brush (s) of those feathers would be great for editing bird pics:>))))))
    That extraction is amazing. wow
  7. Gale, this is an interesting idea. The only issue would be selecting the color you wanted to use for the feather. Normally it can only be a single color.

    You'd need to use a separate layer too for the addition....just in case the feather didn't quite align. You might need to transform to rotate or scale the feather addition to get the right placement.

    aka beaucamera
  8. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    That does not sound right Virginia.
    Folks make hair brushes, smudge brushes. all kinds of brushes.
    So If I choose a brush I can use it on anything, PWL or painting or smudging????
    Or am i missing something.
  9. RayGuselli


    Oct 18, 2005
    Nice Virginia

    very unusual but something that works imo....

    I am really impressed and the extraction - as Gale says........ that must have been a toughie!!!

    Well done

    Best wishes
  10. Robert


    Jul 24, 2005
    Very lovely image Virginia!! I love the light, airy and feathery (pun not intended:biggrin:)  feel to this one. How did you do your selection? Did you use the...I forget the name of the software??...it does selections etc.
  11. KrysiaG

    KrysiaG Guest

    Great job! I love it!
  12. Gale, I think we got this straighten out on the phone. :smile:
    I hope you're enjoying your new "snowy" brush.
    A present from me to you...Happy Birthday!
    Many thanks again for letting me use your lovely snowy photo to make it.

    aka beaucamera
  13. Thank you Ray and Robert.
    I used the Fluid Mask PS plug-in for the original extraction, then touched it up in Photoshop.

    There's a new version of Fluid Mask(beta for Windows) out now, but I have not tried it yet. :frown:

    aka beaucamera
  14. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Extractions are jus a beast

    Sam on DPR is a master at it as well as you are:>))

    He could extract a ball of stirng with a million strings hanging out OLOLOL
    Ever see his work. he uses PS
    He also uses alot of other high powered progs to for his work.
    Scott Deardorff is the king of smudge like Lisa

    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 13, 2007
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