Photoshop Top 40: The Contest

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Flying High

Deke, I'm not sure I'm doing this entry to your contest correctly. Please let me know if I've muffed it; Top 40 tools used were, smart objects, free transform and curves. I called it "Flying High." I'm somewhat color blind so I like images that have a lot of color and punch. Flyin' High For high-res, click here. Jim

What's New Pussycat? - jfrancis entry 2

Nothing is real but the model. All else, including the ears and tail, was rendered in Maya / Maxwell and assembled in Photoshop. The 3D models for both signs relied heavily on curves derived from the pen tool. Refine edge controls the compositing, and hue/saturation and curves control the color of the model as she is integrated with a warmly-lit environment. Smart objects are essential for finessing the lineup of the model with her background without degrading the image every time I change my mind. The Pussycat Theater is a now defunct chain of XXX theaters. I wanted to create something with a swinging 60's/70's retro feeling. I do not shoot process screen to extract the model. I lift her out of her environment using my deke-taught 'layers' superpowers that I learned at lynda.com - I use the pen tool a lot. I don't extract hair carefully very often. I usually cut it crudely and rebuild it strand by strand with stroked pen curves, which I copy and build up by holding the alt key on a PC and moving them around. It's easier and faster than it sounds. What's New Pussycat? For high-res, click here. Here's the original photo from 2006 (as I said, it was never shot to be comped; that idea came years later). It includes the model's blue denim shorts before I turned them brown with shiny metallic gold threads (thank you Photoshop). ---- Feature 37, The Fill Functions Feature 36, Black & White Feature 35, Refine Edge Feature 34, Save for Web Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 28, Hue/Saturation Feature 27, The Crop Tool Feature 25, Selection Calculations Feature 24, Curves Feature 23, Color Range Feature 22, The Healing Brush Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 19, Luminance Blending Feature 18, Smart Objects

Love Conquers All - jfrancis entry 1

Nothing is real but the model. All else is rendered in Maya / Maxwell and assembled in Photoshop. Love Conquers All For high-res, click here. I do not shoot process screen to extract the model. I lift her out of her environment using my deke-taught 'layers' superpowers that I learned at lynda.com - I use the pen tool a lot. I don't extract hair carefully very often. I usually cut it crudely and rebuild it strand by strand with stroked pen curves, which I copy and build up by holding the alt key on a PC and moving them around. It's easier and faster than it sounds. Smart objects are essential for finessing the lineup of the model with her background without degrading the image every time I change my mind. I modeled the heart profiles and background arches using the pen tool. I have more control over spline curves in Photoshop than in Maya. See how the paint on the shutters is worn away in a woodgrain pattern? That weathered texture is created using luminance blending to remove flat color from the dark or light areas of a board. I used curves to give the image a slight cross-processed feeling - fogged with blue at the low end before green takes over in the quarter tones. I thought an overall color grading treatment would help unify the photography (the woman) and the cg (everything else) Click here to see an un cross-processed (original) version of the image. Hanging the cg arrow from unnecessary pen tool stroked glinting 'wires' is a cg 'in-joke' intended to further seal the notion that the whole thing is photography. ---- Feature 37, The Fill Functions Feature 36, Black & White Feature 35, Refine Edge Feature 34, Save for Web Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 28, Hue/Saturation Feature 27, The Crop Tool Feature 25, Selection Calculations Feature 24, Curves Feature 23, Color Range Feature 22, The Healing Brush Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 19, Luminance Blending Feature 18, Smart Objects

Cervino (Matterhorn)

This is actually a pano. The problem: once the two images had been through Camera Raw and stitched, create a good sharpen to bring out the amazing texture of the mountain without accentuating the noise in the blue channel and without leaving any obvious halo at the edge of the mountain. So... #23: Select>Color Range to isolate the sky, invert the selection, leaving the hard edge in place. Into Quickmask and brush out the cloud with a large, soft-edge brush on the mask. Out of Quickmask, copy the selected mountain to its own layer (Ctrl-J). Filter>High Pass on the new layer, picking a good radius. Change the blend mode to overlay and Ctrl-U to desaturate (to avoid any color halos). Downshift (double de-clutch, of course -- no stripped gears in my copy of Photoshop) into 8-bit mode and save the jpeg. Cervino (Matterhorn) (Click the image for high-res.)

Photoshop Top 40 - submission #2

Metamorphosis (Click the image for high-res.) In this one I imagined a different type of metamorphosis :P Basically, it all started with the picture of a tree, more precisely, the bark of a tree. From then on, I added some 7 other pictures, finally getting to this composition. Tools used: Curves Free transform Healing brush Dodge & Burn Pen tool ...and the list goes on. :)

Progress so far

Just wanted to make a note (to all, but mostly myself) that I made it this far in converting the URLs to live, viewable images. It's a major pain in the ass, but those are the lengths we go to in the hopes of reducing spam. Thanks to all who have participated. (Some great stuff!) Also thx for the kind comments regarding Photoshop Top 40 and my other training. There was a question earlier about whether youngsters and folks from other countries can participate. Answer: absolutely. It'd please me know end if a 14-year-old from Micronesia won a deluxe SLR. Just make sure your mother knows I say the word "ass," and not in the context of a donkey.

Not For The Color Blind

Hello everyone. Great contest Deke & Colleen! My entry is called "Lost Vegas"... I know, I know, not too imaginative but creating the image just took it all out of me. It would be easier to name the Top 40 features I didn't use, but here is a brief list: 35. Refine Edges 34. Save For Web 32. Pen Tool 26. Dodge & Burn 28. Hue and Saturation 24. Curves 22. Healing Brush 20. Free Transform 19. Luminance Blending 18. Smart Objects ...Among many others. Put your sunglasses on and view it here: Lost Vegas For high-res, click here. Thanks and hang loose!

Dynamite - Vector Car Photographed in Real Life!

Hello, This is my 4th entry and there may be one more (or 2 maybe) Dynamite is a fictional 50s retro muscle car. I really wanted to get my head around creating cars..transport and so on. Using the pen tool and smart objects (like all of my work) i created a fictional 1950s American Muscle car.. Most of the tools in the top 40 were actually used...and for the first time in my entry's i actually used the type tool lol! woop! Liquify was actually handy..not to destroy my pic, but to tweak parts of the car very carefully...with a feather touch..it works great..this is how i mostly use liquify..just gently..subtly. A very very subtle gradient was used for a bit of texture..this can be seen best on the go faster stripe on the side.. Once again smart object was the best tool of all..in my opinion one of the most handy tools i use..getting used to using it with the new version of PScs4 needed a bit of getting used to now its a vital tool in my creative armory! :) Crop tool was used to cut the image down to size..Actions was used to store some effects for further car creation...save for web was used to save it as a .PNG (it seems to compress better in save-for-web rather than just save as..which is nice) and brush tool was used mainly to give the bodywork a bit of weight and texture..thou like all good use of these tools..it was only used subtlety. Vector Car in Real Life (Click the image for high-res.)

Roots of the Tree

I recently finished this piece as an assignment for Beginning Photoshop at the local community college. My original thought on the piece was to create a very earthy, woodsy and stark feel for a fictitious acoustic guitarist. All photos are by me including my hand and guitar strings. It is more or less a cd-cover design for the guitar player I would love to be but am not quite there yet. There was a lot of photo manipulation with brightness, effects, overlays, channel mixing, brush, clone stamp tool, initial cropping of the photos, masking and edge refining, smart object text, use of free transform and a lot of elbow grease and coffee trying to figure out how to do all of it. Feature 38, Vector-Based Type Feature 35, Refine Edge Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 27, The Crop Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 18, Smart Objects Roots of the Tree For high-res, click here. Thanks Deke for being a true inspiration getting me back into my art! Jason M.

Hey to all !!!I will

Hey to all !!! I will explain in a couple of lines what features I have used and what was in my mind when I made this composition. First I took my bike and my camera in a fall weekend to make some shots. I was thinking that it is autumn, all nature is covered in gold color and it`s should be interesting stuff to shot. I have traveled all day in search of ‘something special till I got bored of taking pictures that i didn`t like anymore. I came back home to see on my computer how the shots are looking and I have to be honest, I was disappointed and I left them on my hard drive since it is so spacious. One day I thought maybe I can try to make a composition blending some shots, so I have looked at all pictures that I have shot that day and I tried to make a composition and I decided to name it Autumn. I have used three shots one of a leaf one of a duck and one of sunset Futures I have used: Feature 23, Color Range -->for masking Feature 31, The Brush Tool --> to paint inside of mask Feature 28, Hue/Saturation --> for changing colors and desaturation Feature 27, The Crop Tool -->for croping images to square shape Feature 21, The Gradient Tool--> used for knockout layer Feature 34, Save for Web--> final to post it on the web Autumn For high-res, click here. Here are the layers from Autumn composition. And here are the base images.

DEKEcom

DEKEcom DEKEcom (Click the image for high-res.) And here is a gallery view with source file. Used tools: Feature 38, Vector-Based Type Feature 37, The Fill Functions Feature 34, Save for Web Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 25, Selection Calculations Feature 24, Curves Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 18, Smart Objects and Illustrator and Bridge and Blend Modes and Brushes and Textures and ... This was a fun one! Best regards from Austria! Martin PS: was a fun weekend for me, my Mac and Photoshop! --- http://blog.martindoersch.at

Cross This Line

Cross This Line Cross This Line (Click the image for high-res.) Used tools: Feature 38, Vector-Based Type Feature 37, The Fill Functions Feature 36, Black & White Feature 34, Save for Web Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 29, Liquify Feature 28, Hue/Saturation Feature 26, Dodge and Burn (with layers) Feature 24, Curves Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 18, Smart Objects and much more Best regards from Austria Martin --- http://blog.martindoersch.at

Emblem

Emblem dekeOnline in Wood (Click the image for high-res.) And here is a gallery view with source file. Used tools: Feature 40, Reset and Purge Feature 37, The Fill Functions Feature 34, Save for Web Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 26, Dodge and Burn Feature 24, Curves Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 18, Smart Objects I wanted to create something with layer styles and a stylish emblem. Best regards Martin --- http://blog.martindoersch.at

Delivery Delayed

Hi, due to the bad weather over Europe, this year Santa's delivery will be delayed. In any case, this one is compiled from my photos, and two scans, taken with different cameras at different places. As usually with this kind of work, a lot of PS features were used : cropping, distorting, color balance, healing brushes, dodge and burn, channel masking, luminace and layers blending, even some calculations were employed, but only for the sake of seriousness ( you know, when you say I use calculations, this sounds very heavy, serious and even dangerous ). In any case, hope that everyone will get something from Santa's bag. Wish you merry Xmas and happy photoshopping during next year. Delivery Delayed (Click the image for high-res.) Cheers, dalmar

Photoshop Top 40

Under Texas Skies

For high-res, click here.

Features use:

Feature 33, Calculations

Feature 32, The Pen Tool

Feature 31, The Brush Tool

Feature 26, Dodge and Burn
Feature 21, The Gradient Tool

Feature 20, Free Transform
Feature 19, Luminance Blending

I started by creating masks for the cowgirls using Calculations then the Pen and Brush tools to finish the masks. I used the Pen tools to cut up the background photo. Building up the composition using free transformation tool. Used the Brush Tool for the 1st class mail image and the rays, grouped, rotated, partly easer and pinlight blended. Dodge and Burned the grasses and fence to blend. Used the Luminance Blending to change the blue sky to orange - Color. Used the Gradient Tool as the finish top layer multi-color gradient with Softlight to pull everything together.

Top 40 Contest Entry

I made this piece out of 8 photos I/friends took. Mermaid (Click the image for high-res.) These are the features I used: Feature 37, The Fill Functions Feature 35, Refine Edge Feature 34, Save for Web Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 30, Actions Feature 28, Hue/Saturation Feature 27, The Crop Tool Feature 24, Curves Feature 20, Free Transform

Cactus

Hello once again my digital friends, my 4th submission is another illustration..Remember all based on a photograph, this one is entitled 'cactus' and it takes inspiration from 1950s loony tunes cartoons...bright vivid colors, spiky cacti and lots of sand. This illustration created in Photoshop cs4 once again most of the techniques were used. My love for smart objects for all of the elements (rocks,,plants..flowers) created using the pen tool, gradient,free transform fill and save for web (which deals with .png really well i always use that) one element that wasn't used was vector based type...and crop tool was used..i now regularly use this great tool to tidy up all of the loose ends. i only discovered this tool recently and i now appreciate its value..actually i used this tool on all of my work. Ive really noticed the quality of features grow in Photoshop since version 7 (the first version i used) to cs4..to a degree that im not sure i could create work, certainly as i now do..without smart objects and few other features that didn't appear back then, this tool is like not having wheels on a car for me. Well that's all of my gibberings tata my friends from jolly old England :) Cactus (Click the image for high-res.)

Simulated Markers and Ink

Markers and Ink (Click the image for high-res.) This was painted completely in Photoshop CS4 from stock photographic references. Model/Stock Artist: http://neriah-stock.deviantart.com/ Stock References: http://neriah-stock.deviantart.com/art/Me-Standing-Around-97493107 http://neriah-stock.deviantart.com/art/Lost-Shoe-Due-to-Squirrel-82387768 http://neriah-stock.deviantart.com/art/sortofnotreallysideview-79319990 http://neriah-stock.deviantart.com/art/Much-Standing-79319295 I used the following Top 40 Features to assemble and compose my master reference (not shown): Feature 36, Black & White Feature 33, Calculations Feature 26, Dodge and Burn Feature 24, Curves Feature 18, Smart Objects These features were used in combinations to mask the figures out of the stock photos, assemble them into a composition (i.e. as smart objects), and posterize them into black and white (no gray tones). Once I had this black and white collage to reference, I painted the black and white image above, following the reference reasonably closely. Once the black and white inking was done, I threw on a texture, and some simulated markers for a touch of color. I used the following Top 40 Features for the painting itself: Feature 34, Save for Web : Thanks, Deke, I never knew you could adjust the size in the dialog for Save for Web! Feature 31, The Brush Tool: My ink and marker brushes rely on the brush engine; Feature 29, Liquify: helps me when quick fixes are needed, especially painting faces, schmering noses around to get just the right look, etc.; Feature 27, The Crop Tool; Thanks, Deke, now I know to hide, rather than trash the pixels outside my crop! Feature 20, Free Transform: another way I can fix quickly when I accidentally paint someone's head too large or on a bad angle--Thanks, Deke, I never knew holding down control/command would allow me to move individual corner points in free transform!

On Her Majesty's Secret Service [my first contest entry]

Hello everyone :) Well here is my first entry. A spoof entry on James Bond. At least everyone of us [males, maybe some female too i don't know :))) ] wanted to be in shoes of James Bond :)) Well if not in reality, i could make some touch putting myself in 007 world digitally. I got Craig's image from the web, snapped myself with an iPhone and made composition out of it. The Real James Bond For high-res, click here. Techniques used: Feature 39, Layer Comps Feature 38, Vector-Based Type Feature 35, Refine Edge Feature 34, Save for Web Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 29, Liquify Feature 28, Hue/Saturation Feature 27, The Crop Tool Feature 26, Dodge and Burn Feature 24, Curves Feature 23, Color Range Feature 22, The Healing Brush Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 18, Smart Objects File size is 3500px x 1200px Greetings and Merry Christmas everyone! Have Fun! :) Ratko

Dancing into the light (or maybe from the light, i dunnow)

Hi, here are the features i've used for my picture (at least, from what's already known about the top 40); may i add that i also used tip 40 reset and purge (prove me wrong on that one) : Feature 36, Black & White Feature 33, Calculations Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 29, Liquify Feature 28, Hue/Saturation Feature 27, The Crop Tool Feature 25, Selection Calculations Feature 24, Curves Feature 23, Color Range Feature 22, The Healing Brush Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform i was thinking about this wonderful movie "dancer in the dark" (wonderful, but insanely sad, even more than that movie with Rick Schroeder, John Voight and Faye Dunaway...), and so i wanted to show a dancer in the dark, but i also wanted to show her dancing into the light, so... ...here it is : Odyssey (Click the image for high-res.) cheers from Paris, France, where it's almost 3AM (which kinda is my cue to go to bed...). Carmina One PS/ by the way, happy hannucah, merry xmas and a schmappy new year...

The Contest

Here is a cover I did for my favourite band. I organised the photoshoot after seeing them in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was very nervous taking the photos in the studio, and a bit star struck. I think I have used every technique to produce the final cover - the band were delighted, and so was I. Skull and Bones (Click the image for high-res.) Here is a logo I produced for a friend of mine who runs a small Music Studio. A lot of techniques were used on this piece. I drew the basic design in Illustrator before importing just the paths into Photoshop to start rendering the chrome and leather effects. My friend loves the design. Logo

The Umbrella girl

The original photograph is from Eirian Stock and i found it on google. My entry: Umbrella Girl (Click the image for high-res.) What I used for this design from the videos: The Pen tool Gradients Hue Saturation Dodge & Burn and a little of liquify and many others that haven't been mentioned yet.

Photoshop Top 40 - submission #1

Posum Cover For high-res, click here. (size is: 1528x2296) I made this as I remembered a recent trip I made to Greece (evidently). The idea came to me more as an "what if"-type of thing. I was talking to my girlfriend (basically day-dreaming) about how it would be to have a magazine with her on it...so, I got to it, trying to keep it as simple as possible. :) Tools I used: Vector based type - which I converted to shapes for the heading Pen tool - for all the paths used to mask the hands and hat Curves - in an effort to fix what a very bright day did to the pic Crop tool - to mimic the magazine format Smart object - for the image itself, as I wanted to protect the original from any alterations ...and other tools. :)

Photoshop 40 entry

You can view my entry at: Crystal Ball For high-res, click here. I used many Photoshop features to create this artwork, including: Feature 38, Vector-Based Type Feature 37, The Fill Functions Feature 32, The Pen Tool Feature 31, The Brush Tool Feature 28, Hue/Saturation Feature 26, Dodge and Burn Feature 24, Curves Feature 21, The Gradient Tool Feature 20, Free Transform Feature 19, Luminance Blending My thoughts were to create a fun holiday card. Best holiday wishes to all!

Progress update

Just want to let everyone know, we're super psyched about the submissions! I'm flying home today (after two days of recording Martini Hours). When I land tonight, I'll get on converting the most recent posts to images so everyone can see who's doing what. Keep the submissions coming. Just a few days left.

Cheers!

mb "Top 40" Submission #3

Peace_HoPE 2007 Holiday card anticipating the coming election. When printed, one of these was flipped so it would stand up, folded. PEACE---> The shapes were designed in Illustrator, just type and embellishments in b&w. I took the electronic file to a copy facility and enlarged and printed it to about 8 feet long. It was important for each letter to be of a sufficient scale that I could wrap each in a satin fabric, without being overwhelmed by the fabric. Each of the letters were then transferred and cut out as large fome core shapes, and individually wrapped in gold satin material. Then I went to a Florist, bought a bunch of green, bendable Curly Willow, and a few other plants, formed them into braids like rope, and painstakingly wired them onto the fome core enlargement template to create the typographic embellishments. All pieces were photographed separately, and composited in Photoshop. HOPE---> Much more graphic . . . wanted it to employ a rainbow of color and I LOVE type. This was a decidedly less digital approach than much of my work, but cloning, healing, dodge & burn, free transform, smart objects are part of every image I create. Hope and Peace For high-res, click here. *:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:* M i c h a e l B R U N S f e l d

mb "Top 40" Submission #2

HOLIDAY FLOWERS 2006 Annual Holiday card. A friend shot images of my wife and I. I collected and hand-drew a boat load of vector curlies and arranged them on multiple smart object layers to build up depth. I then used to photos to displace and liquify the uppermost layers to conform to the photos. Color adjustments and blend modes galore. I think my wife looks lovely but . . . I look completely off my rocker. Holiday Flowers For high-res, click here. *:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:* M i c h a e l B R U N S f e l d

This is so cool!!!

This is so cool!!!

mb "Top 40" Submission #1

This was a FuN photo project (35th annual Holiday card) emulating images of Picasso for Life magazine in 1949. I wanted it to look realistic, but make the viewer wonder if it was possible to create "live." I shot a separate background, and got many separate images of myself against black, (the best were composited as smart objects), used the pen tool to create paths of light, based on tests, and warped them into position to build up the light painting. Adjusted colors and layered blend modes to get the right transparent qualities . . . cloning, healing, all that stuff. Light Painting 2010 For high-res, click here. *:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:* M i c h a e l B R U N S f e l d

dekeLine

dekeLine 100% created in Illustrator and Photoshop. Photoshop Top 40 (Click the image for high-res.) I wanted to create something entirely from scratch. So I started with Illustrator and brought the vectors as vector smart object to Photoshop. And there the magic begun... Best regards from Austria Martin --- http://blog.martindoersch.at