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"Saddle Up"

Discussion in 'All Other Images Forum' started by Grumpy John, May 13, 2019.

  1. Grumpy John

    Grumpy John Well-Known Member

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    This is my most ambitious Photoshop project to date. Usually my PS work revolves mainly sharpening and simple enhancing of my images. This time I have tried to tell a story by merging the elements of two images. I had plenty of practice learning the ins and outs of the Background Eraser Tool :).
    Any feedback will be gratefully appreciated.

    A scene from outback New South Wales, near Broken Hill.
    Wild Horses.jpg

    Taken at the Australian Stockmans Hall Of Fame at Longreach, Queensland.
    ASHOF.jpg


    The final image.

    Saddle Up B-W.jpg
     
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  2. Ozzie_Traveller

    Ozzie_Traveller Old Hand Premium Member

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    G'day mate

    Works for me - and it all comes together nicely

    Phil
     
  3. kayak

    kayak Old Hand

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    You did really well, but when you have a bold subject with a good outline, in this case it's the cowboy, there's an easier way to do it.

    Use the Quick Selection Tool (2 down from the hand on left) to select your cowboy and all his parts. You need a steady hand for the finer parts. You'll need to use the Add and Subtract setting at the bottom.
    Once you're happy that you have the cowboy selected you can copy and paste him anywhere you choose. I usually paste the object to a new transparent blank file first and save as Photoshop PSD, PDD. Then I can go back to it anytime. To do this select Edit, Copy. Bring up a new blank transparent file and select Edit, Paste.

    Or you can copy and paste straight onto another photo, in this case it's your horses.
    I pasted him onto the photo, resized him and put him where I thought he looked natural, at the same time he covers the end horse on the right hand side.
    When in Layers you'll see both boxes/layers. Right click on the layers (top right) and select Merge Visible. This brings both layers together as one image.
    To change the whole photo to mono, I selected Guided at top, then used Old Fashioned Photo in right hand menu. I chose Urban.
    You don't have to use Old Fashioned Photo. Once you merge visible you can do whatever you want with it as a single photo. Run it back through the raw settings and play around with it. I put a tint on it, but do whatever you fancy.
    Then you can resize if you need to and save as Jpeg. BUT BEFORE YOU EXIT, be sure to back-space until you see both layers in the right hand layers bar. You can then also save as Photoshop PSD, PDD, in case you want to return to it at any time.

    I only did a quick job with the cowboy, it took about 10 minutes. Took a while to type all this though.

    Hope you don't mind me telling you all this but I don't know what level you're at in PS.
    Wild HorsesCowboyColour.jpg

    Wild HorsesWithCowboy.jpg

    Wild HorsesWithCowboy...jpg
     
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  4. Grumpy John

    Grumpy John Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much for your detailed reply, and no, of course I don't mind your input, that's what I'm here for.
    I have used the Quick Selection Tool before, but I wanted to try the Background Eraser Tool as another option (that's one on the things I like about PS, plenty of options). I used this tutorial for guidance. My biggest challenge was placing the "cowboy" in the muddy are so it would look natural and not to appear "floating" in the final image.
    I used NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 for the B/W conversion.

    Thanks again for the feedback
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2019
  5. kayak

    kayak Old Hand

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    I didn't know how much detail you would need. It's actually easier to show someone than it is to type out instructions. Instructions tend to be long winded when you don't know the level the person is at already. Keep at it you're doing really well.
     
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