LOL - All I did was ask Sensei kindly and nicely. :tongue:
No, you shouldn't have to do any re-sizing. When you are specifying a border size of 30 or 50, are you changing both the "X size" and "Y size"? (I have yet to change the Delta value number.)
:smile: Yep, there are a bunch of different ways to PP that one. (And we know that I sometimes forget about watching the over-saturation of the skin tones.)Interesting examples, thanks to Daniel.
I had a go at the little girl portrait, and had a couple of comments (obviously *colored* with personal preferences:smile:
I agree with the comment that WB should be checked early in the game. However, if changes in saturation, especially increases, are made, it should be checked again near the end. For this particular image, there are several areas that might be used as reference -- I didn't trust using the emblem on the sweatshirt because of possible color bleedthrough. Other areas that could be used are the rectangular object in the upper righthand corner, the teeth, and the whites of the eyes. In this particular case, adjustments based on any of these options are approximately the same. [I think there is a tiny bit of bleedthrough on the emblem.]
The saturation levels in the original image are much too high for me, and I agree that at least some background desaturation works well to isolate the subject. However, the skintone seems unnaturally saturated to me -- skintones with saturation levels above 60% are rare and they are more likely to be well below that. [There are exceptions (e.g. windburn or sunburn), of course.]
Your choice of the lasso to select the subject works for this image, but would be tricky if the subject's hair wisps were not black (no effect from desaturating the background). In my opinion, wispy hair situations are better handled using a mask based on adjustable pixel tracking and matching. For example, I would use such a mask (to select only the skin and not the eyes, lips, or teeth) when adjusting the skintone.
I have heard of GIMP but haven't tried it. I struggle with PSE because it seems to take so long to do basic things. I often use Picasa 3 for basic editing. Do you find that GIMP does a better job than Picasa?
Herschel,While most members use PS and PS plug-ins for their PPg, there are a few of us who use other programs, such as PWP or GIMP. I have had several requests for help/understanding in using GIMP. While I'm not an expert with the software, I have been working with it for the past year. And I think I have reached a point where my experiences with GIMP might allow me to answer some questions anyone might have. Of course I expect somone will ask about something which I haven't tried or learned yet. But I look forward to those scenarios as great fodder for learning for everyone including myself.
I don't have a particular format in mind for this thread, just that by my own account that GIMP is capable of achieving practically the same PPg results as PS. I expect we will be able to clarify certain things thru a greater understanding of the language used across various programs. For example, whereas PS may use the term "Layer", and whereas PWP uses the term "Mask" - Gimp uses both terms. We will also be learning how to "streamline" our workflows via keyboard shortcuts. Hopefully we can start with some basic actions and build from there.
At any rate and for whatever it's worth, I am offering my assistance with GIMP. I look forward to this journey with you. :smile:
Melissa, I installed it without any problems and I have Norton installed. I suspect that you have downloaded an infected copy - there are lots of fake sites that offer popular downloads but are actually infected versions.Herschel,
So nice of you to ask and yes I could use some help installing GIMP. I have Photoshop CC but I also use PSP and would like to use GIMP. They offer some things that PS does not not. The problem I am having is I can't get passed Norton Antivirus to let me install the program. It things GIMP is dangerious so can help me installing GIMP with some sort of work around Norton?
So many thanks.